All the Rage
Musings on the culture of keeping up appearances
Is Hillary Clinton campaigning for the cover of Vogue?

Presumed presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and uber-editor Anna Wintour were spotted looking over a rack of clothes at Michael Kors in midtown Manhattan, which can mean only one thing: a future Vogue cover for Clinton, wags speculate. (Her last was in 1998.) [Daily News]

Miley Cyrus will be the celebrity ambassador for MAC's 2015 Viva Glam campaign, the company announced Wednesday. Each year, Viva Glam develops a celebrity-inspired product -- no word yet on what Miley's will be -- and devotes 100% of sales revenue to AIDS research. [WWD]

Wal-Mart is continuing to apologize for using the term "fat girls" on a plus-size costume section of its website. [The Cut]

On the other side of the size spectrum, Victoria's Secret is the target of a petition drive on that targets online and in-store ads that show photos of underwear-clad models and the tagline "Perfect Body." "Victoria’s Secret’s new advertisements play on women’s insecurities, and send out a damaging message...

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COS opens first U.S. store in Beverly Hills

The first U.S. outpost of London-based, minimalist-meets-cheap chic brand COS opens Thursday at noon in Beverly Hills, in the Beverly Drive space formerly occupied by Banana Republic.

The massive, 5,683-square-foot space has lots of natural light, an open, gallerylike Scandinavian/L.A. feel and midcentury modern furnishings. The store features women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories across two floors.

Long a must-shop for fashion editors traveling to Europe, COS offers modern clothing with clean lines and utilitarian details. It’s akin to Marni and Celine, but with most pieces priced at less than $500. And it has a very unbranded look just when many people are looking for a quieter, more basic style.

“We like to work with new finishes and cuts and many of the pieces are very tactile,” says Karin Gustafsson, head of women’s design for COS. “We’re also very interested in reinventing functional details.”

Many of the looks in store for fall have playful proportions,...

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Contemporary Crafts Market hits Pasadena this weekend

A decades long tradition continues as the Contemporary Crafts Market sets up shop in Pasadena this weekend.

The market, nearing its 30th year, brings together 250 artisans from California and the West, showing and selling furniture, ceramics, jewelry, glass, wood, textiles, footwear and more. The event is juried, meaning only work that meets a high standard of craftsmanship is allowed.

The event will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the exhibit hall at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. Admission is $8, children 12 and younger get in free.


Spanx plans to open its first California store on Nov. 7 at Santa Monica Place, with a grand opening celebration planned from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 16. Stylist Jessica Paster is co-hosting, and the first 100 people through the door will receive a free Spanx product. Customers can sip cocktails and nibble treats while they get a first look at the store, which carries legwear,...

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Roger Daltrey, top artists combine talents for Teen Cancer America

The event: A contemporary art auction, coupled with a concert by Roger Daltrey – legendary frontman for the Who - raised more than $500,000 for Teen Cancer America, dedicated to improving the lives of teens and young adults suffering from cancer.

The scene: Soho House in West Hollywood provided the venue on Tuesday night, attracting 250 guests to the private club’s open-to-the-sky terrace, lined with olive trees and offering a bird’s eye view of Los Angeles. Artwork by Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, the Chapman Brothers, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Charming Baker and others filled the available spaces between the bandstand and seating areas. Guests could peruse the offerings before the auction and concert: a 10-song acoustic set, in which Daltrey paid tribute to Elvis and Johnny Cash, in addition to performing classics such as “Behind Blue Eyes” and “The Kids Are All Right.”

The crowd: A mix of familiar British and American faces turned up to support the cause, including TV personality...

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Woman in NYC counts getting more than 100 unwanted catcalls in one day

Britney Spears is getting her own holiday. Nov. 5 has been declared Britney Day on the Las Vegas Strip. [People]

Catcalls are still a hazard for women walking around New York. To prove the point, a woman walked the streets of the city for 10 hours, dressed in jeans and a crewneck T-shirt. She reported getting catcalled and otherwise verbally harassed 108 times. There's a video that shows what she went through. [The Cut]

Former Vogue editor at large Andre Leon Talley is leaving online shoe retailer Zappos, where he had been artistic director since late last year. Zappos decided not to renew his contract, and he is pursuing other endeavors. [WWD]

New mom Mila Kunis, global ambassador for Gemfields, has designed an emerald ring for moms. [Stylelist]

Former Young & Rubicam ad executives Jacques Bungert and Frédéric Torloting are trying to revive the house of André Courrèges, one of the hottest designers of the 1960s.  They opened a Courrèges store in Paris this month. [The Cut]

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Los Angeles fashion: Ruffian shows far from its New York roots

Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais were standing backstage in front of garment racks with the all black-and-white lineup of the spring 2015 collection they were shortly to unveil Monday evening, talking about how they ended up staging their show in Los Angeles instead of in New York as they’d done for the last eight years. Outside the Gavlak Gallery on Highland Avenue, the street was closed because of a water main break but no matter.

“We came here three months ago after our last show at Lincoln Center,” Wolk said. “Claude and I did a cross-country road trip. We arrived in L.A. and it was a love affair.”

They broke out a small portfolio that served as their portable mood board, opening up with maps and then black-and-white pictures of downtown movie houses.

“We were really inspired by this kind of visual communication in Los Angeles, the idea of billboards and marquees and that was kind of the beginning,” Wolk said. “That’s why the collection is called ‘Text Message.’ "...

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