All the Rage
Musings on the culture of keeping up appearances
Renee Zellweger looks like she might have had a little work done

Renee Zellweger practically stopped traffic Monday night when she arrived at Elle's Women in Hollywood Awards and reporters noticed her much-less-round, different-looking face. Much scrutiny and conjecture about medical procedures ensued (and her name trended on Twitter). [Daily Beast]

Let's see, a screen actress and changing looks. This is surprising?

Later, Zellweger told People magazine she looks different because she is healthier and happier nowadays. [People]

Meanwhile, among the honorees at the Elle awards were Elizabeth Banks, Tina Fey, Annette Bening, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Garner and Zoe Saldana. [Los Angeles Times]

Alex and Eliza Bolen, the son-in-law and stepdaughter of designer Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday night at age 82, released a handwritten statement Tuesday, saying, among other things, that he passed away at home in Connecticut "surrounded by family, friends and more than a few dogs. He died exactly as he had lived: with tremendous grace, great dignity and very...

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Kate and Jack Spade collaborate on Gap Kids collection

Gap Kids has a cute, cute, cute collection of clothes for kids done in collaboration with Kate Spade and Jack Spade.

The clothes were inspired by the idea of a brother and sister driving to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving. They'll be available Oct. 30 to Nov. 14.

The limited edition collection marks the first time the Spade companies have ventured into kidswear. It includes 78 pieces, priced from $19.95 to $130.

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Ringo joins Skechers for 'relaxed fit' campaign

What? A former Beatle in ads for "relaxed fit" shoes? Yup. Ringo Starr has signed on for Skechers' campaign, which in the past has featured athletes including Joe Montana and Joe Namath, among others. Ringo, who has also partnered with John Varvatos this year, is the first musician featured in the Skechers' campaign. [WWD] [People]

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died Monday at age 82.  One of a growing number of distinguished, aging designers, he had the foresight to hire his own replacement, just last week naming Peter Copping, formerly of Nina Ricci, as creative director of his eponymous label. [Los Angeles Times]

PHOTOS: Oscar de la Renta through the years

L'Oreal USA signed an agreement to purchase Carol's Daughter, the line of hair, skin and body care products designed for black and multicultural consumers. [Essence]

Leonard Lauder received the CEW's Lifetime Achievement Award, becoming the first male so honored and following in the footsteps of his mother Estee Lauder, who...

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Oscar de la Renta: A fashion force until the end

Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at age 82, was a gentleman designer who over the last five decades defined American elegance.

De la Renta's pop culture influence was wide-ranging. He recently designed Amal Clooney's wedding dress, and nearly every first lady in the modern era --  including Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Michelle Obama -- has worn his designs. Vogue editor Anna Wintour is also a big proponent of his clothes, which she wears often.

Although De la Renta is considered an American designer, his feminine style was more rooted in European couture traditions. He trained with Balenciaga and also worked as the designer of Balmain couture for nine years before founding his namesake label in 1965.

He was a force in fashion until the end.

Just last month, Amal Alamuddin wore an Oscar de la Renta gown to her wedding to George Clooney. De la Renta himself was at the final fitting, giving advice and making sure details were just so.

Though news of...

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Oscar de la Renta dies at 82; fashion designer dressed stars, first ladies

Oscar de la Renta, a fashion designer whose gowns have been a staple at red-carpet events, died Monday at 82, a spokesman for his wife confirmed.

In addition to his evening gowns, De la Renta's work included women's wear and perfume lines.

Nearly every first lady in modern history, including Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Michelle Obama, have worn his designs. Vogue Editor Anna Wintour was also a big proponent of his designs, which she wears often.

Although De la Renta is considered an American designer, his feminine style is more rooted in European couture traditions.

Born on July 22, 1932, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, De la Renta went to art school in Spain and moved to New York at age 30. He founded his label in 1965 after training with Balenciaga, and also worked as the designer of Balmain couture for nine years.

De la Renta named his successor just last week: the British designer Peter Copping, who created elegant, ladylike clothing at...

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Jennifer Garner, Rachel Zoe host Pink Party with Elyse Walker

After 10 years and more than $11.5 million raised, Los Angeles fashion retailer philanthropist  Elyse Walker hosted her last Pink Party Saturday night at Hangar 8 in Santa Monica, benefiting the Women's Cancer Program (WCP) at the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comp‎rehensive Cancer Institute.

And she tapped two old friends, Jennifer Garner and Rachel Zoe, to help her celebrate the milestone, before she turns over the Pink Party concept to a New York-based organization next year.

The event grew out of a party Walker hosted at her Pacific Palisades boutique with Garner more than a decade ago, during which they raised more than $10,000 for women's cancer research during a single morning.

"Rachel has been dressing me for 12 years and Elyse for longer than that," Garner joked on stage about Zoe, her stylist, and Walker, her favorite neighborhood fashionista. "They are my two ‎shining stars of overpriced T-shirts and sweats!"

Not that sweats were anywhere in sight at the glam event on...

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