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L.A. Fashion Council announces spring 2015 plans, partnerships

The Los Angeles Fashion Council has announced its plans for showcasing spring and summer 2015 designer collections -- as well as a partnership with 

Word comes from LAFC organizer Kelsi Smith that her group has partnered with workspace collective Maker City L.A in the former L.A. Mart building (recently rechristened the Reef) downtown for two to three days of shows, presentations and accessory installations scheduled to take place from Oct. 7 to 9.

Interested designers can apply for consideration through the Los Angeles Fashion Council website.

Smith also informs us that the LAFC has partnered with Jen Uner, founder/owner of, a site that for the last 12 years has tried to herd the cats of Los Angeles Fashion Week's ever-changing elements into a comprehensive, manageable single calendar.

That site will be relaunching in August as "a multi-production platform to serve both fashion week attendees and producers ... a calendar, a one-stop shop for...

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New Patagonia ad campaign touts the 'weed wetsuit'

Patagonia appears to be riding the high tide of pro-pot sentiment with a soon-to-launch print ad that proclaims: "We have the best weed in town (and we're giving it away)."

The ad, scheduled to appear in fall issues of select (but so far unspecified) publications, touts the next iteration of the Ventura-based outdoor apparel company's Yulex wetsuit, which is made using a blend of neoprene and a plant-based biorubber called guayule.

Pronounced why-YOU-lee, guayule is, according to Merriam-Webster, "a much-branched composite shrub (Parthenium argentatum) of Mexico and the southwestern United States that has been cultivated as a source of rubber." According to the Yulex website, it's the only species besides the Brazilian rubber tree that's been used for commercial-scale rubber production.

While there's no indication that this "weed" has any mind-altering properties, the allusion to the other headline-grabbing weed is certainly an attention grabber and a connection neither company minds...

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'Girls' actress Allison Williams to play Peter Pan on NBC live special

"Girls" cast member Allison Williams has been tapped for the title role in NBC's upcoming "Peter Pan Live!" [People]

Victoria's Secret model Doutzen Kroes and her husband, disc jockey Sunnery James, welcomed a daughter on Wednesday and promptly posted a family photo, including 3-year-old son Phylion, on Instagram. [Daily Mail]

Hollister announced via news release Thursday its first-ever celebrity collaboration, a limited edition capsule collection with singer-actress Lucy Hale of "Pretty Little Liars." The collection will be released in two phases, on Aug. 8 and Aug. 29. It includes dresses, skirts, tops and leggings.

The Snoopy in Fashion project -- an initiative in 1984 in which a number of top-notch fashion designers including Giorgio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Gucci, Versace and Jean Paul Gaultier created costumed doll versions of Charlie Brown's canine companion and a girl beagle named Belle --is being revived with a new list of designers in time for the "Peanuts" comic strip's 65th...

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Converse + Missoni Chuck Taylor All Star collection coming soon

Since 2010, American sneaker company Converse and Italian fashion label Missoni have been teaming up to put the latter's famous stripes on the former's iconic footwear in limited edition, capsule collections.

The next collaboration is coming soon. Converse announced Thursday that this fall's iteration of Converse + Missoni will launch Aug. 4 at Nordstrom, before rolling out to Converse stores and on Aug. 28.

The collection is made up of six Chuck Taylor All Star styles, ranging in price from $85 to $100. 

One style, a low-top with a classic Missoni zig-zag in a color combo called Lucky Stone/Egret, will be available exclusively at Nordstrom. It comes in men's and women's sizes.

There are also three other styles -- two high-tops and one low-top -- that come in unisex sizes for men and women, as well as two Chuck Taylor All Star Fancy styles for women, which feature a more feminine silhouette.

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Shop Saturday for a chance to meet Kim Kardashian at new Ulta store

Kim Kardashian (the new Mrs. Kanye West) is scheduled to make an appearance at Ulta Beauty's new Midtown Crossing store on Pico Boulevard on Aug. 6, but fans who want to meet her need to shop at the store this Saturday.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, the first 175 customers who purchase a minimum of two Kardashian Sun Kissed products will qualify to meet Kardashian and get an autograph during her appearance, which is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 6.

The store is at 4550 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.


Singer Tony Orlando and his six-piece band are scheduled to perform in a free concert at the Grove beginning at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6. The concert, sponsored by Citi as part of the mall's Summer Stage series, celebrates Orlando's 55-year career and hits including "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,"  "Candida" and "Knock Three Times." The Grove is at 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles.


Women's clothing designer Eva Mejl has opened a boutique in the Westside...

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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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