All the Rage
Musings on the culture of keeping up appearances
Chanel is not making 'urban tie caps'; model hairpiece draws ire

No, Chanel is not making and selling ¿urban tie caps,¿ despite all the social media buzz Tuesday night. Many were outraged when a picture of a Caucasian model wearing a blue cap, also known a durag, referred to the garment as an urban tie cap, which Chanel was said to be making.

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Alex Trebek's mustache is back -- but is it in jeopardy?

Longtime "Jeopardy" fans tuning in to Monday night's opening episode of the game show's 31st season might have been surprised to see a once-familiar face -- that of host Alex Trebek -- sporting a mustache.

Trebek's legendary lip spinach was a fixture on the show for some three decades before he gave the hairy adornment the heave-ho in 2001.

Now, 13 years later, the show returns from its summer hiatus with the 'stache back in action. A little grayer and a little more trim than it once was, to be sure, but it's there nonetheless.

Trebek actually addressed his switched-up grooming regimen at the top of the show, and let viewers know that this time around he was placing his upper lip wholly in their hands, asking viewers to weigh in via Facebook and Twitter as to whether he should keep the caterpillar (#KeepItTrebek) or remove the newly grown face furniture (#ShaveItTrebek).

This being the era where Angelina Jolie's Leg and Pharrell's Hat have Twitter accounts, it should come as no...

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CoverGirl issues statement after protesters alter NFL 'Game Face' ads
A subway grate, a warm day and a Marilyn Monroe moment

Monday was the 60th anniversary of the filming of the famous "subway grate" moment in "The Seven Year Itch" -- when Marilyn Monroe's character attempts to cool off by catching a gust of air from the subway updraft. Sexy Hair, a hair product company, commemorated the occasion by setting up a grate and inviting women to emulate the Marilyn Moment.

It took hours and two locations to film the scene, which may have helped lead to the breakup of Monroe's marriage to the jealous Joe DeMaggio. [The Guardian]

Cover Girl is being urged to break ties with the NFL after its "Get Your Game Face On" campaign drew attention when photoshopped ads that showed a model with a black eye circulated on social media. [Los Angeles Times]

Prada Marfa, the art installation near Marfa, Texas, that looks like a Prada Boutique -- and that my colleague Adam Tschorn profiled recently -- has been saved. Last year, the Texas Department of Transportation deemed it an illegal advertising sign that should be torn down....

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Urban Outfitters pulls 'blood-spattered' Kent State sweat shirt

Clothing retailer Urban Outfitters apologized Monday morning after it received major backlash for trying to sell a “vintage” Kent State University sweat shirt that appeared to be covered in blood spatter.

The university was the scene of an infamous bloody demonstration in 1970, in which four students were killed and nine others injured after the National Guard fired on students who were protesting the Vietnam War.

The sweat shirt, which was listed on the company’s website for $129, was apparently part of its “Vintage Finds” collection, handpicked one-of-a-kind pieces.

Screenshots of the item published by BuzzFeed late Sunday show the university logo in white lettering on what looks like a blood-soaked background.

“Washed soft and perfectly broke in,” the description read. “We only have one, so get it or regret it!”

In a statement, the company said it “sincerely apologizes” if it offended anyone. “It was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State in...

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Lauren Conrad marries William Tell

Fashion designer and reality TV star Lauren Conrad married William Tell in Santa Ynez, Calif., on Saturday. Conrad designed her bridesmaids' dresses, but no word so far on her own gown. [Hollywood Life]

Urban Outfitters raised hackles when its website over the weekend offered a $129 vintage Kent State sweatshirt that appeared to be spattered with blood. The garment soon sold and was posted for sale on EBay with an opening bid of $550. On Monday, Urban Outfitters issued an apology, saying, “The red stains are discoloration from the original shade of the shirt.” [Washington Post]

Fashion designer John Galliano, still crafting his comeback after he was fired by Christian Dior in 2011 for making ethnic slurs while drinking, on Sunday made his first French television appearance since the scandal. A video that caught his offensive behavior saved his life, he said. "I would be dead. ... That was what you call rock bottom." He said he is in the midst of "a return back into creativity ... step...

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L.A. Opera season starts with gala honoring Zev Yaroslavsky

The event: Saturday’s Opera Ball kicked off the L.A. Opera season in lavish art deco style, in keeping with the night’s Roaring 20s version of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, starring Placido Domingo, Nino Machaidze and Arturo Chacon-Cruz.

The reception: Kate Walsh of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and the upcoming series “Bad Judge” served as official hostess of the pre-opera cocktail party, where she talked of growing up with opera. Coming from a family of opera aficionados, which included a grandfather who sang light opera, Walsh said, “We’re all such big opera fans that my mother named her dog, ‘Puccini.’ ”

The gala dinner: As the band played a mix of pop music and 1920s classics, guests dined and danced on the Music Center Plaza, all done up in crystal chandeliers and centerpieces dripping in feathers, flowers, crystals and pearls. Between courses, an explosion of fireworks heralded Domingo’s appearance onstage. Domingo — the opera’s general...

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Cape crusaders

For an easy fall wrap, look to the cape. Coming in all colors, shapes and attitudes, capes and their comfy cousin, the poncho, never really leave the scene. Here are some designer choices for the coming cooler season.

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'One Woman 100 Faces' a model for fantastical makeup creations

Makeup artist Francesca Tolot and her photographer husband, Alberto, had been working with model Mitzi Martin for 10 years when the idea struck. With such a plethora of intriguing, eclectic images, surely there was a book in there somewhere. It took another decade — and many, many more beauty campaigns and magazine shoots featuring Martin — before Francesca Tolot could compile the book, "One Woman 100 Faces," published by Goodman on Sept. 11 with a list price of $50. It is a lush, glossy coffee-table tome made up of 100 striking photos that Alberto Tolot shot of Martin in looks that range from the stark to the fantastical. Francesca Tolot, who regularly works with A-listers like Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lopez, took time out to talk about her debut publication.

Why did you want to do this book?

We had been taking all these amazing pictures, and all of a sudden, I realized we had book material. The title just came into my brain. It just sort of happened. After that, I had to work...

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Ryan Seacrest's ever-evolving style sense

Ryan Seacrest, the hardest-working man on TV, shares some of his thoughts about style icons, off-duty outfits and how seeing himself on TV shaped his sense of style.

Who are some of your style icons?

James Bond, Frank Sinatra. They're classic, timeless. All the guys that played James Bond were always in great suits.

Where did your personal sense of style come from?

I think it was an evolution. I look back to when I first started hosting television [and] I didn't have the same eye for my suits. At first I was just happy to have a suit. Then, as time went on and I had suits to wear, I realized they could fit better. They could feel better. They could make me feel better. That was all part of the learning process for me.

Where, specifically, did you learn those things?

From seeing it [on the TV screen]. I'd see the way I looked walking, in a suit, and I'd think: "You look more fit and you look like the suit fits better when the leg is cut a certain way." After seeing myself in so many...

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Ryan Seacrest launches a clothing label

Television host, producer, radio personality and entrepreneur Ryan Seacrest has added a clothing label to his ever-growing empire, an exclusive-to-Macy's assortment of men's tailored clothing and accessories aimed squarely at the millennial male. It launched online in mid-August and at 150 bricks-and-mortar stores this month.

Called Ryan Seacrest Distinction, it's not so much designed by the hardest-working man in TV as it is inspired by his on-screen wardrobe of sharply tailored three-piece suits, spread-collar dress shirts and crisply folded pocket squares.

"He's impeccably well-dressed, and he does a lot of [wardrobe] changes," said Richard Carroll, senior vice president and creative director of Randa Accessories, the company behind the neckwear, belts and furnishings side of the line.

(For the record, Seacrest is a longtime fan of Burberry, not only wearing its suits and tuxedos extensively on the air but also taking pains to give the British heritage brand and its creative...

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Rita Ora, the face of Donna Karan's newest scent, DKNY MYNY

Ever since she landed in New York City in 2007 at age 17, signing with Jay Z's Roc Nation label in 2008, British pop singer Rita Ora's eclectic, look-at-me style has made her an instant "It" girl. With her signature peroxide blond hair, cherry-red lips and pinup sex appeal, Ora serves up a haute-meets-hip-hop look. She rocked dresses with sneakers long before it became atrend, yet she can transform into a siren by night, as she did in a red silk, slit-up-to-there Donna Karan gown at the MTV Video Music Awards last month.


Rita Ora: In the Sept. 14 Image section, an article about British pop singer Rita Ora said that she arrived in New York in 2012 and signed with the Roc Nation label. She arrived in New York in 2007 and signed with Roc Nation in 2008. —

Just this year, Ora has launched nail polish and lip color with Rimmel, debuted a multi-season collaborative line with Adidas, posed in ads for DKNY and Roberto Cavalli, walked the fall-winter...

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