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After Nicki Minaj cites McQueen, it's all downhill on 'Anaconda' video

Early in her just-released video for "Anaconda" (in which Drake has a cameo), Nicki Minaj name-checks Alexander McQueen. It is the one and only classy thing in the twerk-filled video, which one might call an ode to big butts. [Los Angeles Times]

In other fashion and style news:

Jimmy Fallon noticed that Jared Leto had let himself get way too shaggy and gave him a beard trim on "The Tonight Show" Wednesday. [People]

Vogue Editor Anna Wintour took the ice bucket challenge and there's a GIF to prove it. [The Cut]

Speaking of the ice bucket challenge, men's custom clothier Knot Standard is offering a free shirt to people who do it. [Los Angeles Times]

Model Cara Delevingne is in talks to play the female lead in "All Summer Long," a movie musical about the Beach Boys, the Wrap reports. [The Wrap]

Macy's has reportedly agreed to pay a $650,000 fine to settle allegations of racial profiling at its Manhattan flagship. It also agreed to hire an independent monitor to oversee its...

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Knot Standard ups the ante for the Ice Bucket Challenge

If you've taken the Ice Bucket Challenge -- or are goaded into it in the near future -- the deal just got more interesting.

Men's custom clothier Knot Standard is turning the act of getting soaked with icy liquid into a pretty sweet deal.

For those who've been completely disconnected from TV, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit and any other vestige of the civilized world, the Ice Bucket Challenge is this season's fun fad -- the one thing we'll all remember fondly when we think back on the otherwise dismal summer of 2014. It works like this: you dump a container filled with ice and water over your head, then challenge a few acquaintances to do the same or donate money to the ALS Assn., which supports research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative condition also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. In this way both awareness of the disease and money to fight it is being raised. (The association reports it has received $15.6 million in donations since July 29, compared with $1.8...

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Elisabeth Moss, Anjelica Huston 'Dress Normal' for Gap

Gap has nabbed some high-profile celebs for its fall campaign, focused on what it means to "Dress Normal." (think "authentic personal style.") The near legendary Anjelica Huston, Elisabeth Moss of "Mad Men," Michael K. Williams of "Boardwalk Empire," Jena Malone of "The Hunger Games," Bobby Cannavale of "Blue Jasmine," Luke Grimes of "True Blood" and Zosia Mamet of "Girls" are featured in the first round of ads, with more celebrities to follow as the campaign unfolds, Gap announced via news release Tuesday.

In other news of fashion and style:

Doesn't anyone want to smell like teen spirit anymore? Disappointing sales of fragrances from Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift hurt Elizabeth Arden's bottom line, the company said in a quarterly report. [The Guardian]

"Girls" actor Adam Driver is on the cover of the September issue of GQ, and inside he talks about his time in the Marines and his Arts in the Armed Forces organization, among other things. [GQ]

Penske Media Corp. is buying Fairchild...

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The Emmys' best dressed: Kerry Washington is sure to please

The Emmys are less than a week away, and here at All the Rage we're already obsessing over who will look the best on the red carpet.

Fashion Critic Booth Moore pointed out earlier this week that Emmy nominee Julia Louis-Dreyfus, up for lead actress in a comedy series for her role in "Veep,"  is reliably well-turned out season after season.

And so is Kerry Washington, a contender for lead actress in a drama series for her role as Olivia Pope in "Scandal." Washington always seems attuned to what is right for the occasion, and she's a real student of fashion, Moore wrote in a profile of the actress last year.

So though I can't begin to predict the outcome of their Emmy races, I do feel confident in concluding that Washington and Louis-Dreyfus will both be winners on the red carpet come Monday.

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Meet the newest British luxury import, jeweler Astley Clarke

The next big British luxury import could be jewelry brand Astley Clarke.

Cara and Poppy Delevingne were spotted wearing Astley Clarke’s grown-up friendship bracelets at Coachella, while Cameron Diaz has been wearing the retro-inspired Astley locket.

This fall, the British jeweler is launching stateside in a big way. It’s stocked at Saks Fifth Avenue now, to be followed by Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom this month. 

The concept of Astley Clarke is that it is fine jewelry designed by women, for women to buy themselves. It’s merchandised very cleverly, with an emphasis on collecting and stacking multiple pieces. There’s a good heritage story built in, and the packaging is luxe and personal feeling, even when you’re buying a $150 piece.

The business was launched in 2006 by Bec Astley Clarke, whose background in fashion, tech and marketing includes stints at a luxury gun company, a luxury yacht company, and most recently, working as head of strategy at


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Britney Spears lingerie line to launch Sept. 9

Britney Spears is designing a line of lingerie and sleepwear called the Intimate Britney Spears in conjunction with Change Lingerie. The official launch is to take place with an event in New York on Sept. 9, the company announced Monday. The line has a website where it will be for sale. Spears -- who teased the collection on Instagram a few weeks ago -- says her objective was to create intimate apparel that's "sexy, luxurious and comfortable."

In other style and fashion news:

Forbes released its list of the world's highest-paid models on Monday and Gisele Bundchen leads the pack -- by millions of dollars. According to Forbes, she made $47 million in the last 12 months, followed by Doutzen Kroes and Adriana Lima, at $8 million each, and Kate Moss and Kate Upton, at $7 million each. [Forbes]

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology plans to open a Lauren Bacall fashion exhibit next spring. [Associated Press via Hollywood Reporter]

The Vivienne Westwood hat Pharrell Williams wore...

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Mansur Gavriel finds success with stealth luxe

Nevermind the Fendi 2Jours, Givenchy Antigona and Saint Laurent Sac de Jour. One of the fall season’s hardest-to-get-your-hands-on handbags tops out at less than four figures. Much less.

With sleek bucket bags, totes and backpacks priced from $460 to $950, Mansur Gavriel is targeting women who want low-key luxe and value without overt logos or labeling. And it’s working.

Since launching in April 2012, the anti-It bags have spawned waiting lists, sold out notifications and insane eBay markups.

The brand was founded by Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, two friends who met in 2010 at an XX concert at the Wiltern in Los Angeles.

“I had never owned a designer bag,” says Mansur. “Even as a young teenager, I wondered why there wasn’t a bag for me that I wouldn’t be embarrassed of because I spent $1,000 or $2,000 on it.”

Both women had backgrounds in design. Gavriel had worked as a designer for Lanvin in Paris. And Mansur studied textile design at Rhode Island School of Design before...

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Liberty Ross dives into fashion design with Genetic x Liberty Ross

There is no SUV with tinted windows. Havaianas flip-flops and Lanvin sunglasses will do for model-actress Liberty Ross as she treks up PCH near Malibu. She is taking things in stride, despite headlines announcing her recently finalized, multimillion-dollar divorce settlement from director Rupert Sanders, following his much-publicized dalliance with actress Kristen Stewart.

"I love walking," Ross announces, settling into a seat at Starbucks to discuss some other breaking news: the Genetic x Liberty Ross capsule collection she has designed with premium denim brand Genetic Los Angeles that is scheduled to hit stores on Friday.

This may be the British beauty's first foray into fashion design, but Ross, 35, is a pro at walking, having sashayed down many a catwalk — most recently at Tom Ford's fall presentation. One of her first modeling jobs when she was a child was posing for the cover of Ozzy Osbourne's "No Rest For the Wicked" album. After fashion photographer Mario Testino spotted her,...

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'Game of Thrones' wins costume design Emmy

"Game of Thrones" won the Emmy for costumes for a series when the Creative Arts Emmys were presented Saturday. The winning episode was "The Lion and the Rose," and the winning team of costumers for the HBO show included Michele Clapton, Sheena Wichary, Alexander Fordham and Nina Ayres.

"American Horror Story: Coven" won for costumes for a miniseries, movie or a special (Lou Eyrich, Elizabeth Macey and Ken Van Duyne), while "Saturday Night Live" hosted by Jimmy Fallon  (costumers Tom Broecker and Eric Justian) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (Episode 1008, costumes by Marina Toybina and Grainne O'Sullivan) both won for costumes for a variety program or special. 

My colleague Craig Nakano has a complete list of Creative Arts Emmy winners here.

In other fashion and style news:

Fashion commentator Kelly Osbourne plans to launch a clothing collection on HSN in September. [WWD]

Christina Aguilara and her fiance Matt Rutler had a baby girl on Saturday. They named her Summer Rain. [People]...

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Meet Liberty Ross at kickoff for her new denim collection

Meet Liberty Ross at the kickoff for her new clothing collection.

The model/actress has designed seven fall pieces for premium denim brand Genetic, and she and Genetic's founder/creative director Ali Fatourechi are slated to introduce the clothes to customers at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills on Thursday. The event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Cusp area on the third floor of the store at 9700 Wilshire Blvd.

The capsule collection includes four pairs of jeans, a jacket, skirt and romper. Prices range from $176 to $576. Besides Neiman Marcus, it is available at Curve, Elyse Walker and Ron Herman.

In other shopping news:


Desert Hills Premium Outlets has been in major expansion mode, adding 50 new stores. Several -- including Valentino, Alexander McQueen and Rag & Bone --  opened in May. Now Sandro, Maje and Moncler outlets have joined the mix, the mall reports. Desert Hills Premium Outlets is at 48400 Seminole Drive in Cabazon.

The former Barneys Co-Op at the Americana...

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Archi Dior set for Biennale des Antiquaires at Paris' Grand Palais

Along with its haute couture fashion showing in Paris last month, the house of Dior unveiled a preview of 23 dazzling pieces from its latest Archi Dior high jewelry collection. No matter that prices range from approximately $383,225 to a lofty $3.15 million, all but four of the precious pieces were snapped up within days, according to representatives of the fashion house.

But another chance to buy — or dream of buying — is coming up when the full 45-piece Archi Dior collection debuts at the Grand Palais in Paris Sept. 11 during the Biennale des Antiquaires, one of the world's most prestigious antique, art and jewelry fairs. Clients can view and purchase pieces there or, for more information, contact the Dior boutique in Beverly Hills, (310) 859-4700.

The name Archi Dior refers to architecture, a passion of Christian Dior's, evident in his focus on line and silhouette. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings appear to be cinched, pleated, draped and spiraled like fabric, some with...

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For jewelry, the old no-no of mixing metals has lost its power

Just as women once paired their bags with their shoes and toenail color matched what was on the fingertips, jewelry-wearing required choosing either all gold or all silver.

No more. The hottest trend in summer jewelry is metal-mixing — pairing burnished gunmetal with bright yellow gold, pale rose gold with oxidized silver, rhodium with copper. The look can be seen stacked as bangles, layered as neck chains, dangling from ears — often with multiple metals appearing on the same piece.

"I started noticing my clients wanting to mix gold and silver together for cocktail attire," said Los Angeles jewelry designer Sara Horne. "People are becoming more experimental with their fashion choices, and when you throw different metals together, there's something very approachable about it."

Cocktail parties aside, the look speaks of summer, with variations of mixed metal jewelry looking fetching at the beach, under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl or at any number of music festivals.

"It works so well...

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