All the Rage
Musings on the culture of keeping up appearances
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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Emmys 2014: The red carpet is just that, with an easy, modern twist

Maybe the Emmys should always be held on a Monday night.

The red carpet was one of the best in recent Hollywood history. Nontraditional was the new normal. The looks were modern and fashion-y, but not fashion victim-y (save for poor Sarah Paulson's polka-dot mosquito netting).

In fact, the word to describe the night's overriding feeling might just be "effortless." These actresses wore the clothes; the clothes didn't wear them.

EMMYS 2014: Full coverage

Red was the hot color of the evening, worn by at least half a dozen high-profile attendees in what seemed like a crazy fashion coincidence. The best red dresses had unusual details: whimsical red crystal butterflies at the neckline of Claire Danes' Givenchy stunner, for example, and sexy burgundy patent leather strap details on Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Carolina Herrera gown.

Among the evening's modern looks was Kerry Washington's orange-is-the-new-black Prada column gown with a high slit, sparkly underskirt and multicolored micro-beaded edge...

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Emmys 2014: Lena Dunham and Julia Roberts among worst-dressed

Overall, the Emmys red carpet was one of the best in recent Hollywood history when it came to fashion.

But of course, there were exceptions — no wardrobe malfunctions — but exceptions.

Some looks wilted in the heat (Lena Dunham). Others were ill-fitting or not up to the evening’s high fashion bar.

Then, there were those that were just plain head scratchers. Sarah Paulson, we’re talking to you.

Here are the evening’s worst dressed.

Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli. Though I applaud Dunham’s frothy, feminine turn in a tiered, cotton-candy like skirt and tailored top, she looked downright uncomfortable in this look, which was wrinkling and wilting as she worked the hot afternoon red carpet.

Julia Roberts in Elie Saab. The pearl and stone embroidery on this midnight blue, plunging dress was striking, but the short hem left one wanting more. It was a lot of heavy detail for such a short dress.

Kristen Wiig in a white silk charmeuse Vera Wang gown, ill-fitting at the top. Her expression...

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Emmys 2014: The best of the red carpet looks

The Emmys' red carpet was one of the best displays of fashion and style in recent Hollywood history.

The looks were modern and not overwhelming. These women wore the clothes; the clothes didn’t wear them.

Red was the hot color and the best red dresses had unusual details — whimsical red crystal butterflies at the neckline of Claire Danes’ Givenchy stunner, for example, and sexy burgundy patent leather strap details on Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ raspberry red Carolina Herrera gown.

The night's other best looks were Kerry Washington’s  Prada column gown, Michelle Dockery's color-blocked blush pink, blue and green column with overlapping folds by Rosie Assoulin and Allison Williams' pink tulle Giambattista Valli couture gown with a bright yellow belt and off-kilter bow.

See all my favorite looks in our photo gallery.






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Emmys 2014: Ty Burrell, Bryan Cranston among the best-dressed men at the 2014 Emmys

For the most part the men on the Emmys red carpet played it safe on Monday – and that’s a good thing. Among the sartorial standouts on the guy’s side? Ty Burrell, who won supporting actor in a comedy series, was also a winner in a custom tuxedo (a collaboration between the actor, stylist Ilaria Urbinati and fashion designer Todd Snyder) in a shade of “dusk” blue that split the difference between navy blue and black.

Other sartorial standouts included Bryan Cranston in a Ralph Lauren Black Label traditional notch lapel tuxedo, accessorized with a crisply folded pocket square and rakish mustache. What really made him stand out? The way the tux fit him absolutely perfectly. (Other nominees – and any man thinking of donning a tux – should take note.)

Other honorable mentions in the best-dressed boys bunch: “Game of Thrones” actor Kit Harington, who accessorized his man bun with an Emporio Armani black one-button, peak lapel tuxedo; and Matt Bomer in a black satin shawl collar tuxedo and...

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