All the Rage
Musings on the culture of keeping up appearances
'Stars Under the Stars' fetes American Ballet Theatre

The event: “Stars under the Stars” to benefit the American Ballet Theatre helped launch the 75th anniversary season of the celebrated dance company, which has been home to such dance greats as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Natalia Makarova.

The scene: Guests meandered through Jeanne and Tony Pritzker’s home in Beverly Hills with its soaring ceilings, indoor/outdoor rooms and wraparound lawns, before adjourning to the tennis court for dinner. Given the heat of the day on Tuesday, the evening breezes were more than welcome as the dancers performed excerpts from four ballets: “Seven Sonatas,” “Cinderella,” “Swan Lake” and a new composition, “Toccare.”

Jane Kaczmarek of “Malcolm in the Middle” wore diamond earrings by the night's sponsor Piaget. She was accompanied by her daughter, Frances Whitford, 16. Kaczmarek said that although she has always been interested in ballet, as a youngster she learned baton twirling instead. “To this day, I love parades,” she said.

The finale: Following dinner and...

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Taylor Swift, Lupita Nyong'o among People's best-dressed stars of 2014

People's best-dressed stars of 2014 are Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Blake Lively, Diane Kruger, Emma Stone, Lupita Nyong'o, Jessica Alba, Rihanna, Emma Watson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Kiernan Shipka. Yes, that's 11 ladies we've loved to look at all year, not the traditional "10 bests" we're used to. Swift, in particular, dresses well for any occasion, formal, informal, or out walking her cat. [People]

Nick Cannon wore footwear to beat Dorothy's ruby slippers on "America's Got Talent" on Tuesday. His feet were shod in $2-million  shoes -- a pair of Tom Fords that were "custom blinged-out" in diamonds by Beverly Hills jeweler Jason Arasheban, WWD reports. [WWD]

First Lady Michelle Obama is planning to host a fashion education workshop at the White House on Oct. 8, including fashion designers Prabal Gurung, Bibhu Mohapatra  and Maria Cornejo. [WWD]

Bill Blass, which closed down its womenswear line two years ago, plans to relaunch for spring. [The Cut]

A worker fell through the roof...

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Chanel is not making 'urban tie caps'; model hairpiece draws ire

No, Chanel is not making and selling ¿urban tie caps,¿ despite all the social media buzz Tuesday night. Many were outraged when a picture of a Caucasian model wearing a blue cap, also known a durag, referred to the garment as an urban tie cap, which Chanel was said to be making.

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Deborah Lippmann to show anniversary box at Barneys

Nail polish queen Deborah Lippmann  is celebrating the 15-year anniversary of her niche line, a celebrity favorite, with a special commemorative collection of 15 exclusive colors, as Melissa Magsaysay reported here recently.

Lippmann's slated to show the anniversary Music Box collection and launch an exclusive Barneys New York collection from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at Barneys in Beverly Hills. Customers can book a personal consultation with her by calling (310) 276-4400, Ext. 5606.

The store is at 9570 Wilshire Blvd.


Jewelry and watch boutiques on Rodeo Drive are holding an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday as part of the weeklong Rodeo Drive Festival of Watches & Jewelry that began Sept. 14. Participating stores will have special events and new collection launches. Participants in the festival include Breguet, Cartier, Harry Winston, Jason of Beverly Hills, Porsche Design, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels.  The event is sponsored by Bulgari, Freywille, Patek Phillipe...

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Alex Trebek's mustache is back -- but is it in jeopardy?

Longtime "Jeopardy" fans tuning in to Monday night's opening episode of the game show's 31st season might have been surprised to see a once-familiar face -- that of host Alex Trebek -- sporting a mustache.

Trebek's legendary lip spinach was a fixture on the show for some three decades before he gave the hairy adornment the heave-ho in 2001.

Now, 13 years later, the show returns from its summer hiatus with the 'stache back in action. A little grayer and a little more trim than it once was, to be sure, but it's there nonetheless.

Trebek actually addressed his switched-up grooming regimen at the top of the show, and let viewers know that this time around he was placing his upper lip wholly in their hands, asking viewers to weigh in via Facebook and Twitter as to whether he should keep the caterpillar (#KeepItTrebek) or remove the newly grown face furniture (#ShaveItTrebek).

This being the era where Angelina Jolie's Leg and Pharrell's Hat have Twitter accounts, it should come as no...

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CoverGirl issues statement after protesters alter NFL 'Game Face' ads
A subway grate, a warm day and a Marilyn Monroe moment

Monday was the 60th anniversary of the filming of the famous "subway grate" moment in "The Seven Year Itch" -- when Marilyn Monroe's character attempts to cool off by catching a gust of air from the subway updraft. Sexy Hair, a hair product company, commemorated the occasion by setting up a grate and inviting women to emulate the Marilyn Moment.

It took hours and two locations to film the scene, which may have helped lead to the breakup of Monroe's marriage to the jealous Joe DeMaggio. [The Guardian]

Cover Girl is being urged to break ties with the NFL after its "Get Your Game Face On" campaign drew attention when photoshopped ads that showed a model with a black eye circulated on social media. [Los Angeles Times]

Prada Marfa, the art installation near Marfa, Texas, that looks like a Prada Boutique -- and that my colleague Adam Tschorn profiled recently -- has been saved. Last year, the Texas Department of Transportation deemed it an illegal advertising sign that should be torn down....

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Urban Outfitters pulls 'blood-spattered' Kent State sweat shirt

Clothing retailer Urban Outfitters apologized Monday morning after it received major backlash for trying to sell a “vintage” Kent State University sweat shirt that appeared to be covered in blood spatter.

The university was the scene of an infamous bloody demonstration in 1970, in which four students were killed and nine others injured after the National Guard fired on students who were protesting the Vietnam War.

The sweat shirt, which was listed on the company’s website for $129, was apparently part of its “Vintage Finds” collection, handpicked one-of-a-kind pieces.

Screenshots of the item published by BuzzFeed late Sunday show the university logo in white lettering on what looks like a blood-soaked background.

“Washed soft and perfectly broke in,” the description read. “We only have one, so get it or regret it!”

In a statement, the company said it “sincerely apologizes” if it offended anyone. “It was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State in...

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Lauren Conrad marries William Tell

Fashion designer and reality TV star Lauren Conrad married William Tell in Santa Ynez, Calif., on Saturday. Conrad designed her bridesmaids' dresses, but no word so far on her own gown. [Hollywood Life]

Urban Outfitters raised hackles when its website over the weekend offered a $129 vintage Kent State sweatshirt that appeared to be spattered with blood. The garment soon sold and was posted for sale on EBay with an opening bid of $550. On Monday, Urban Outfitters issued an apology, saying, “The red stains are discoloration from the original shade of the shirt.” [Washington Post]

Fashion designer John Galliano, still crafting his comeback after he was fired by Christian Dior in 2011 for making ethnic slurs while drinking, on Sunday made his first French television appearance since the scandal. A video that caught his offensive behavior saved his life, he said. "I would be dead. ... That was what you call rock bottom." He said he is in the midst of "a return back into creativity ... step...

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L.A. Opera season starts with gala honoring Zev Yaroslavsky

The event: Saturday’s Opera Ball kicked off the L.A. Opera season in lavish art deco style, in keeping with the night’s Roaring 20s version of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, starring Placido Domingo, Nino Machaidze and Arturo Chacon-Cruz.

The reception: Kate Walsh of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and the upcoming series “Bad Judge” served as official hostess of the pre-opera cocktail party, where she talked of growing up with opera. Coming from a family of opera aficionados, which included a grandfather who sang light opera, Walsh said, “We’re all such big opera fans that my mother named her dog, ‘Puccini.’ ”

The gala dinner: As the band played a mix of pop music and 1920s classics, guests dined and danced on the Music Center Plaza, all done up in crystal chandeliers and centerpieces dripping in feathers, flowers, crystals and pearls. Between courses, an explosion of fireworks heralded Domingo’s appearance onstage. Domingo — the opera’s general...

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Cape crusaders

For an easy fall wrap, look to the cape. Coming in all colors, shapes and attitudes, capes and their comfy cousin, the poncho, never really leave the scene. Here are some designer choices for the coming cooler season.

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'One Woman 100 Faces' a model for fantastical makeup creations

Makeup artist Francesca Tolot and her photographer husband, Alberto, had been working with model Mitzi Martin for 10 years when the idea struck. With such a plethora of intriguing, eclectic images, surely there was a book in there somewhere. It took another decade — and many, many more beauty campaigns and magazine shoots featuring Martin — before Francesca Tolot could compile the book, "One Woman 100 Faces," published by Goodman on Sept. 11 with a list price of $50. It is a lush, glossy coffee-table tome made up of 100 striking photos that Alberto Tolot shot of Martin in looks that range from the stark to the fantastical. Francesca Tolot, who regularly works with A-listers like Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lopez, took time out to talk about her debut publication.

Why did you want to do this book?

We had been taking all these amazing pictures, and all of a sudden, I realized we had book material. The title just came into my brain. It just sort of happened. After that, I had to work...

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