All the Rage
Musings on the culture of keeping up appearances
Lena Dunham's red carpet looks

Lena Dunham, "Girls" creator and nominee for lead actress in a comedy series, is best known on the red carpet for arriving in colorful dresses that suit her personal style. Here's a look at some of Dunham's recent turns on the red carpet.

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Julie Bowen's red carpet looks

"Modern Family" actress Julie Bowen will be walking the red carpet as a fifth-time nominee in the supporting actress in a comedy series category, hoping for her third win. Here's a look at her awards show outfits through the years.

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Claire Danes' red carpet looks

Gone are the grungy days of "My So-Called Life": These days, actress Claire Danes has walked the red carpet in a number of high-fashion looks, from Lanvin to Givenchy. This year, Danes is nominated for lead actress in a drama series for Showtime's "Homeland." Here's a look at a few of Danes' red carpet dresses.

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Michelle Dockery's red carpet looks

Leaving behind the period costumes of "Downton Abbey," actress Michelle Dockery has chosen a number of dresses that are decidedly modern and chic. Look back at some of Dockery's awards show dresses, as she prepares to walk the red carpet again as a nominee for lead actress in a drama series.

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Maria Sharapova, CFDA celebrate Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

 

Tennis star Maria Sharapova (clad in a pink dress by Marc Jacobs), the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Porsche co-hosted a cocktail party Wednesday night celebrating the 20th anniversary of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. Many fashion industry folks turned out to support the initiative. [WWD]

In other style and fashion news:

Gwyneth Paltrow, wearing a bikini, took the Ice Bucket Challenge, and called out her "consciously uncoupled" husband Chris Martin, fashion designer Stella McCartney and actress Cameron Diaz to pour ice water over themselves, too. [People]

Modern watches, jewelry and underwear have reportedly been banned from the set of "Downton Abbey," just to make sure nothing not-of-the-early-20th-century inadvertently shows up in any scenes (as a water bottle did in a recent publicity photo). [Telegraph]

T magazine's "by the numbers" looks at Vogue and, among other things, finds that editor in chief Anna Wintour has a rumored $200,000-a-year clothing allowance, 93%...

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For chic cyclists, San Francisco's Timbuk2 opens on Venice Beach

San Francisco-based Timbuk2, known for its functional, customizable bike messenger bags, has come south, opening a new location on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Calif.

Call it cycle chic. A floor-to-ceiling collage of the universal bike symbol is the first thing shoppers spot as they walk over a giant white crosswalk stencil at the 1410 Abbot Kinney Blvd. shop. Near the entrance, wire baskets hold bike manuals, how-to guides and street maps. Simple rectangular wall shelves and sleek countertops in the 680-square-foot space help keep the bags in full focus.

The carryalls feature the kind of design elements that two-wheeled commuters crave — sturdy straps and handles, compartments galore, waterproof flaps and a lifetime warranty.

There’s a bike pump for travelers in need of a boost, and store manager Jared Fickel reports the store will soon host a no-cost bike-share program.

This is the company’s second store in California (there are three others in the U.S., as well as one store in...

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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, IVillage.com and most recently, working as head of strategy at Tesco.com.

Originally...

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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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