All the Rage
Musings on the culture of keeping up appearances
Angelina Jolie's wedding gown by Versace featured her children's art

Angelina Jolie's wedding gown celebrated family. Donatella Versace designed the custom silk satin gown for Jolie's wedding Aug. 23 to longtime partner Brad Pitt. The gown was gathered at the bust and featured an elongated train, with both the train and veil featuring embroidered copies of drawings by Jolie and Pitt's children, according to a news release from Atelier Versace.

Today's diet news says cut carbs and increase fats to lose weight. A major new study financed by the Institutes of Health compared a group told to eat a carb-based diet with one on a protein-and-fat-based diet (no transfats allowed), and the latter lost more weight while seeing improvements in inflammation markers, triglyceride levels and HDL ("good") cholesterol. There was no calorie limit or change in exercise level.

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Luxe bag brand Parabellum opens a flagship store on Melrose Avenue

Luxe L.A. bag and accessories brand Parabellum has opened its first permanent brick-and-mortar space — a flagship store on Melrose Avenue just west of Paul Smith’s pink pied-a-terre.

The roughly 1,100 square feet of retail space boasts unfinished wood floors, white-painted brick walls and spare metal and glass fixtures that reference the Parabellum aesthetic — table and shelf legs shaped like arrows (which fans of the brand will recognize as a recurring motif in its wares), gold-colored arrowheads as feet, and metal versions of feathered fletchings at the glass table tops (which, you may notice have corners cut to 45-degree angles, another flourish found in the construction of their military-grade bison leather bags and wallets).

The shop, which officially opened Aug. 23, has a western interior wall dominated by a 12-foot-by-9-foot three-panel charcoal drawing of an American bison created by artist Rick Schaeffer opposite a custom-made, 8-foot-long, black bison leather Chesterfield...

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Oz's Dorothy, Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch get makeovers

What would happen if the tornado that took farm girl Dorothy Gale for a spin had set her down in a modern fashion designer's atelier instead of in Oz? Would her blue gingham pinafore and demure white blouse be tossed out like yesterday's news?

Well, yeah. And Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West would be in for some updating too.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the MGM film that brought the "Wizard of Oz" characters to life when it premiered in August 1939. And the characters are even older, coming from Frank L. Baum's book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," published in May 1900.

To bring them into the 21st century, Warner Bros. Consumer Products teamed up with the Tonner Doll Co. to enlist some top fashion and costume designers in reimagining what these ladies of Kansas and Oz would look like in today's haute couture.

Each designer created a look for one of the three female characters. Among the participants: fashion designers Reem Acra, BCBG Max Azria, Erickson...

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Lily Aldridge, Camilla Belle, Ashley Tisdale design for St. Jude's

Actresses Lily Aldridge, Camilla Belle and Ashley Tisdale became fashion designers in a project to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The three designed T-shirts for Velvet by Graham & Spencer in a limited edition collection released in time for Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September. Velvet has pledged 50% of proceeds from the "Join the Fight" collection to St. Jude, which, among other things, is working to end childhood cancers and improve survival rates.

The tees sell for $45 each and are available now on Velvet's website.

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Joan Rivers resting comfortably after surgery scare

"Fashion Police" host Joan Rivers was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after she stopped breathing during an outpatient throat surgery at a doctor's office on Thursday, but reportedly was resting comfortably in stable condition on Friday. [New York Times]

President Obama wore a tan suit to a news conference and riled the Internet. [Los Angeles Times]

Actor Jeff Goldblum is featured in an eight-page spread in the September issue of GQ, where he talks about style and his meticulous way of prepping for roles. [GQ]

Beyonce stars in a fashion spread in Carine Roitfelds' CR Fashion Book, for which she also wrote a poem about her daughter Blue Ivy. [People]

Tennis great Andre Agassi used to wear a hairpiece but he tells the Cut he is glad he gave it up and embraced a natural bald look. "I wouldn’t take hair right now if you gave it to me," he says in the article. "It seems like a lot of time that you can use doing other things. The thought of spending 15 minutes on my hair right...

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Obama's tan suit: Stop freaking out, Internet, it's actually stylish

President Barack Obama held a news conference Thursday to reveal important information regarding Russia financing and arming separatists in Ukraine, migrant children in the U.S. and his strategy for defeating the Islamic State in Syria, but all eyes seemed to focus on his suit. The president addressed the press in a pale, khaki-colored suit, and the Internet exploded. 

The suit prompted a slew of headlines criticizing the president for his fashion decision. 

"President Obama Shames America by Wearing Wack-Ass Tan Suit" reads the Gawker headline. "No One Heard Anything Obama Just Said Because His Tan Suit Was So Loud" reads another from the Wire

And the Twitterverse followed, likening his lack of a dark suit to a sign of weakness.  

"Pres. Obama wearing a tan suit sends the wrong message to our allies in the region. Once again he fails to understand optics," tweeted @Gus_802.

"Me no likey. Skin-colored suits don't scream, 'POWERFUL,'" tweeted @BritniDWrites

There's even a Twitter...

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Lady Gaga to perform at New York Fashion Week

Lady Gaga, Harper's Bazaar's September cover girl, has been booked to perform at the magazine's New York Fashion Week party, WWD reports. [WWD]

And Lady G is also to appear with crooner Tony Bennett in H

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Zara apologizes, stops selling shirt likened to Holocaust uniform

International fashion chain Zara has apologized and stopped selling a children’s shirt after complaints that the garment evoked uniforms worn by Jewish prisoners in Nazi concentration camps.

The shirt has horizontal blue and white stripes and bears a six-pointed yellow star on the left side of the chest. A zoomed-in view of the picture on Zara’s website shows the word “sheriff” printed on the star.

Nazi concentration camp uniforms tended to have vertical stripes that sometimes were blue, and Jews often were forced to wear a six-pointed yellow star on the left side of the chest.

“We honestly apologize, it was inspired by the sheriff’s stars from the classic Western films and is no longer in our stores,” Zara said in multiple Twitter posts Wednesday. It tweeted dozens of similar replies in various languages to people who had posted objections to the shirt design.

The shirt was pulled six hours after it first appeared in Zara's online stores, its sales "have been marginal," and it never...

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'Entertainment Tonight's' Nancy O'Dell to co-host Ulta red carpet event

Red carpet stalwart Nancy O'Dell of "Entertainment Tonight" is scheduled to meet the public at an event sponsored by Rusk hair products on Wednesday. The subject of the evening is how to get red carpet ready  -- something O'Dell knows well.

The event is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday on the third floor of Ulta, 4550 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. It includes product giveaways, a live DJ, a raffle and refreshments, and those who arrive early enough can sign up for complimentary hairstyling and makeup appointments. RSVP at

In addition, Rusk has promised to give a portion of proceeds from sales of Rusk products during the event to the Muscular Dystrophy Association's ALS Division.

Other events

Rapper 50 Cent is scheduled to be at Nordstrom at the Grove from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday to meet the first 150 customers who purchase headphones from his SMS Audio line during the day. Customers will receive a special wristband at the time of purchase allowing them to...

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Lena Dunham calls her Emmys outfit part cake, part sweatpants

Lena Dunham didn't win an Emmy, but her unusual cotton-candy-like skirt and simple blouse from Giambattista Valli got a lot of OMG attention from red-carpet commentators -- and we mean that in a bad way. Even before her Emmys appearance on Monday, Dunham had hinted that she was going to wear something unusual: "All I'm gonna say about my Emmy dress is that it looks like cake and feels like sweatpants #loveandjoy," she said Aug. 13 on Twitter, my colleague Christie DZurilla reported at the L.A. Times' Ministry of Gossip.

Just in time for the holidays, Target plans to introduce a capsule collection of girls' clothing and accessories designed by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus, costume designer for the upcoming remake of the movie “Annie.”  The collection is inspired by the film, produced by Jay Z and Will Smith and starring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne and Cameron Diaz. The 25-piece collection will be available at all Target stores in the United States and on beginning Nov....

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Emmys 2014: White outfits on the red carpet

Another big fashion trend at the Emmys this year? The color white. From Robin Wright's tuxedo jumpsuit to Sofia Vergara's column gown to Taylor Schilling's Zuhair Murad dress, here are some Emmy outfits that are pale, but hardly quiet.

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Fashion was fine at the Emmys but look out for Lizzy Caplan's train

Fashion was in top form at the 66th Primetime Emmys on Monday, writes fashion critic Booth Moore. Lizzy Caplan in her sweeping back-and-white gown from Donna Karan Atelier, Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Carolina Herrera, Michelle Dockery in Rosie Assoulin and Kerry Washington in Prada were among the style winners. [Los Angeles Times]

But Lena Dunham wilted in her cotton-candy confection, and she along with Julia Roberts, Kristen Wiig and a few others didn't quite pull off the looks they may have hoped for. [Los Angeles Times]

Meanwhile, back to Lizzy Caplan's gown. It was stunning, but party-goers at the Governors' Ball after the awards ceremony kept stopping short to avoid tripping over it, Ellen Olivier at Society News LA reports. Caplan good-naturedly did her best to keep it out of the way. [Society News LA]

In other fashion news:

Nicki Minaj's wardrobe malfunction at the VMAs on Sunday was rehearsed, sources told TMZ. [TMZ]

Blue Ivy, Beyonce and Jay Z's 2 1/2-year-old daughter, stole the...

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