All the Rage
Musings on the culture of keeping up appearances
Zoe Saldana poses nude for Women's Health UK

Zoe Saldana posed nude for Women's Health UK's September "Naked Issue" -- carefully posed, of course, to pretty much reveal nothing but arms and legs. She said that like most women, she has insecurities about her body. (But that's hard to tell when she's wearing catsuits in films such as "Guardians of the Galaxy," set to open on Friday.) [E!]

Beyonce may have seven outfits on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but she's no fashion icon, argues Vanessa Friedman in the New York Times, name-checking Madonna, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and even 1-year-old Prince George of Britain as having more fashion impact. [New York Times]

Scarlett Johansson, now starring in "Lucy," was spotted out and about with fiance Romain Dauriac in NYC on Tuesday, and she was sporting a pixie-ish hairstyle much shorter than we've seen her with recently. [Huffington Post]

Olivia Palermo wore a kind of alternative wedding garment Sunday when she married model Johannes Huebl -- a full white tulle skirt by Carolina...

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Kendall Jenner says Kardashian link didn't help her modeling career

In an interview in Love magazine, Kendall Jenner, who most recently walked in Chanel's Haute Couture show this month, says breaking into the world of high-fashion modeling was harder -- not easier -- because of her name. (She's the daughter of Olympian Bruce Jenner and half-sister of Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian.)  [The Cut]

It's National Lipstick Day, just so you know. [WWD]

Amazon launched a new 3-D printing marketplace on its website Monday, allowing customers to customize a number of things -- including wallets and jewelry -- that are then 3-D printed and shipped out. [Los Angeles Times]

Fashion house Fendi is teaming with Chateau Group to build a waterfront condominium project in Miami. [WWD]

Julya Johnson, a meteorologist at WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tenn., posted on Facebook a viewer's letter criticizing the way she dresses. Johnson said it is not possible to please everyone so she dresses to please herself. "If I had known being on People's list of 'best dressed' mattered...

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Maisie Williams wears comic book cocktail dress to Comic-Con

Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on "Game of Thrones," wore a cocktail dress that looked like it was made from comic books to an Entertainment Weekly party at Comic-Con on Saturday. [The Cut]

Anna Paquin says she is celebrating the end of filming "True Blood" by dying her hair, frequently. At Comic-Con over the weekend, it was purple and blue. [Entertainment Weekly]

Sandra Bullock turned 50 on Saturday, but celebrated two evenings earlier at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson Hole, Wyo. [People]

Actress Piper Perabo wore an unusual metallic snakeskin-patterned gown and pale yellow veil to marry producer-director Stephen Kay on Saturday. [People]

Canada's Bass Coast music festival has banned the wearing of Native American headdresses out of respect for "the dignity of aboriginal people," according to a statement from festival organizers. The festival is scheduled for Friday through Aug. 4. [The Guardian]

 Once-provocative fashion advertising has grown tame as companies try to...

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Charlize Theron wears ring, sparks engagement rumor

Charlize Theron was spotted wearing a ring on her left hand at LAX on Wednesday, immediately sparking speculation that it might mean she and Sean Penn -- whom she's been dating for about six months --  are engaged. [People]

Andrej Pejic, who came on the scene as an androgynous male model on high-fashion runways, has had gender reassignment surgery and has a new name: Andreja. []

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is the new host of MTV's "House of Style," scheduled to return Aug. 4. [THR]

Self magazine laid off eight editorial staffers on Thursday. [WWD]

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will be the face of Paige Denim's 2015 collections, and its muse and campaign collaborator, too. [WWD]

The Council of Fashion Designers of America announced it is taking over the Fashion Calendar, which schedules and tracks shows for New York Fashion Week and more. [Racked]

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Britney Spears says she's designing a lingerie collection

Britney Spears announced via Instagram that she has designed a lingerie line called the Intimate Collection that   is "coming soon."

Naya Rivera of "Glee" wore a Monique Lhuillier gown for her surprise wedding to actor Ryan Dorsey in Cabo San Lucas. The groom wore Dolce & Gabbana. [People]

Hermes has hired Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski to replace Christophe Lemaire as artistic director for women's ready to wear. She is currently design director at the Row and has worked at Maison Martin Margiela and Celine. Lemaire is leaving the house to focus on his own label.

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Prince George marks first birthday, is crowned fashion trendsetter

Britain's Prince George turned 1 year old on Tuesday, and WWD declared that he's already proven himself to be a toddling trendsetter. [WWD]

The tyke celebrated his birthday with a family tea, including his great grandmother the queen as a guest. [Los Angeles Times]

A coroner reportedly has ruled that 25-year-old British television personality Peaches Geldof --- the daughter of rocker Bob Geldof -- died of a heroin overdose. Her body was found at her home in April. [BBC News]

Sam Taylor-Johnson, director of the soon-to-be-released film "Fifty Shades of Grey," is working on a photo project shooting Coco Chanel's private, not-open-to-the-public apartment on the second floor of the Chanel atelier in Paris. The photos are to be displayed at London's Saatchi Gallery in September. [Telegraph]

The tally is in for which will be the fattest fashion magazines this September -- always the biggest and most important issue of the year. The biggest are Vogue at 661 pages (30 fewer than last year);...

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How to buy a swimsuit -- even online

It’s the middle of summer -- do you know where your bathing suit is -- the one you promised to buy before Memorial Day?

Or are you looking ahead to the styles shown for 2015 at the recently completed Miami Swim Week with a sense of dread? (See the accompanying photo gallery for a hint of what's to come.)

Almost every woman -- even the well-toned and the affluent -- feels a certain reluctance to shop for a garment that will show the world what she’s got -- and what might be lacking. The department-store-dressing-room experience is off-putting to many of us who turn instead to the seemingly infinite number of websites that offer swimwear. But anonymity is no guarantee of a good look or flattering fit, so we queried a few experts for tips on how and what to buy online.

There are some general rules, of course. Women who aren’t well endowed are often advised to look for a top with embellishments (think ruffles). Got broad shoulders? Think about an asymmetrical neckline. Is your body...

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French brand the Kooples opens Los Angeles store

French clothing company the Kooples opened its first U.S. flagship over the weekend, right here in L.A.

The label, founded in Paris in 2008, offers "accessible luxury" with clothing inspired by vintage looks for men and women and created in partnership with London tailors Norton & Sons. The fall 2014 collection is in-store now.

The boutique, at 100 S. Robertson Blvd., is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.


A new David Yurman jewelry boutique is slated to open Thursday at the Americana at Brand, at 889 Americana Way, next to Katsuya in Glendale. The 1,800-square-foot-plus store will carry a range of men's and women's collections.

San Franciso-based

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Mick Jagger, Tina Turner among famous lips in 'Blow me a Kiss'

The seductive allure of luscious red-stained lips has always been hard to resist. This undeniable symbol of glamour and sex appeal -- whether puckered in mid-kiss, slightly parted or poised with a slender cigarette holder ala Audrey Hepburn -- has defined style and fashion trends for more than a century. Lipstick continues to be one of the main weapons women keep handy in their makeup arsenals for fashion emergencies.

Author and fashion innovator Alice Harris’ new photo book “Blow Me a Kiss" illustrates the power and fascination with lips of all shapes, sizes and poses with 80 color and black-and-white images spanning the last 100 years.

The history of lipstick and memorable lips can be traced  to the heart-shaped "cupid's bow," popular with 1920s flappers, moving on to the sensual dark reds of the 1950s and continuing to the black and greys that defined the goth and grunge scene of the 1990s.

You'll see no puffy duck-faced selfies in these pages but rather a collection of classic...

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Blake Lively launches lifestyle website

Actress Blake Lively launched a lifestyle site called Preserve, and it has the look of a horror movie promotional site, writes Maggie Lange at the Cut blog. [The Cut] 

Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is launching a footwear line called CR7. Shoes are to be available starting in February. [WWD]

The Council of Fashion Designers of America extended Diane von Furstenburg's presidency. [WWD]

And it named a bunch of new members including Lemlem's designer, the model Liya Kebede; Los Angeles' Clare Vivier and Edun creative director Danielle Sherman. [The Cut] 

Olivia Palermo is designing a collection of shoes for Aquazurra. [InStyle]

Tiffany CEO Michael Kowalski is set to retire next year. [Business of Fashion]

New York-based clothing company Vince plans to lease a new regional headquarters in Hollywood. [Los Angeles Times]

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Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo wed in Mexico

Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and "The Voice" married model Behati Prinsloo in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Saturday. The bride wore a Marchesa gown and model Coco Rocha was one of her bridesmaids. [Newsday]

After four years, Hermes women's wear  director Christophe Lemaire is leaving to focus on his own label. The spring-summer 2015 collection will be his last for Hermes.

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What you should know about pearls

Pearls are the perfect example of modern jewelry reinvention. They've been a feminine go-to for centuries, and the traditional, mid-20th century "Jackie O" pearl strand is trending again — but now with endless re-interpretations and much modern flair. Mixed with various metals, stones and gems, re-done in endless styles, sizes, colors, shapes and prices, the majestic pearl is resurging in its chicness.

"I absolutely love creating jewelry with pearls," says Cynthia Bach, a Los Angeles designer who works often with exotic pearls. "Pearls have always had a mystique and glamour but now there is impressive new energy in the market. It's really quite exciting for those of us who are big pearl fans."

And these lovely gems are not just for women, either, adds New York jewelry designer Mish Tworkowski, who also creates many of his pieces using pearls. "I wear a pair of pearl cuff links almost every day. My favorite set is made from an irregularly shaped pair of huge, light blue South Sea...

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