All the Rage
Musings on the culture of keeping up appearances
Nicki Minaj is the new face of Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli selected singer Nicki Minaj to star in his label's ads for spring. "I chose Nicki Minaj because she embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman,” he said. [WWD]

"Harry Potter" star Helena Bonham Carter -- she of the quirky red-carpet style that includes wearing mismatched shoes -- has split with director Tim Burton after 13 years and two children as a couple. The breakup reportedly is amicable. [Los Angeles Times]

Why has there been such a proliferation of ugly Christmas sweaters -- and parties at which to wear them -- in recent years? "Ugly Christmas sweaters are a celebration of what holidays should be: having a good time and being silly," said Evan Mendelsohn, co-founder of ugly sweater purveyor Tipsy Elves. [Racked]

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco released the first pictures of their newborn twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella on Tuesday. The babies were born Dec. 10. [People]

A problem this time of year: Stinky boot feet...

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How far would Sofia Vergara go to stay youthful?

How far would Sofia Vergara go to stay youthful? She'd apply cement around her eyes if it would prevent wrinkles, she quips. [New Beauty]

Maia Mitchell of ABC Family's "The Fosters" is on the cover of Seventeen magazine's prom issue, which is on sale now.  [Seventeen]

Ousted American Apparel founder Dov Charney says he's down to his last $100,000. [The Cut]

Still Christmas shopping in L.A.? Check out our guide to last-minute, fashionable gifts.

Fashion reality series "House of DVF" ended its season with designer Diane von Furstenberg naming contestant Brittany Hampton as the brand's global ambassador. [WWD]

Wet Seal is the latest teen fashion retailer that's struggling to stay afloat. [Buzz Feed]

Xcel brands has bought Halston diffusion lines H Halston and H by Halston. [WWD]

 

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2014 in fashion: Hello, North West; goodbye, Oscar de la Renta; and more

Whether you're counting hits or misses, 2014 certainly left a mark fashion-wise. From the runways to the red carpets to the slopes of Sochi, it was an endless parade of see-through dresses, ugly Olympic sweaters, cool cats in extra-large hats and just about one of everything wearable in between. So, before we turn the page to see what the new year has to offer, it's worth a quick glance in the rearview mirror at some of the fun, the fantastic and the failures that were the year in fashion.

The fashion runway served up no shortage of memorable moments. Chanel built a grocery store (complete with branded hams) to showcase its fall/winter 2014/2015 wares and staged a sign-waving protest for women's rights to showcase the spring 2015 collection. Jean Paul Gaultier, king of the cone bra, retired from the ready-to-wear runway after 32 years with an extravaganza that included a beauty queen contest, lucha libre wrestlers and a flurry of catwalk confetti. Rodarte showed it was one with the...

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Fashion forward: A look at likely trends for 2015

With new designer debuts and trends reshaping how we buy and what we wear, here are a few predictions for what to expect in the fashion universe in 2015.

1. Wearable technology will continue to gain traction. Judging from the level of social media obsession among the fashion flock, even something as moderately attractive as the Apple Watch (coming in early 2015) is poised to be the season's must-have accessory, especially if it can count your calories. Also look for garments that charge your phone or help you navigate the streets with a gentle push on the shoulder.

2. The silhouette of men's and women's wear will begin to shift. The 1970s trend on the women's spring 2015 runways signaled an end to the tyranny of skinny jeans and the return of flares and culottes. Men's suits, no longer shrunken to Christopher Robin proportions, are loosening up too, as double-breasted jackets, not seen since the high-flying 1980s, make a comeback.

3. John Galliano will have a second act. The disgraced...

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Beauty trends for 2015: New products for hair, nails, skin

Nail varnishes that stay on for at least a week, intensive hand-held skin cleansing systems, dry sprays, organic everything and brands that originated in other countries: These are predicted to be the hottest beauty trends for 2015.

Beauty brands are focusing on what consumers want, including the ability to replicate near salon-level results at home. No time for that gel manicure? Here are a host of home-use products that can keep nails unchipped for up to two weeks. Those blow-dry bar appointments eating into your budget? A slew of dry sprays, the latest alternative to dry shampoo, can help space out salon vists. And all-natural products without sulphates and parabens will continue to be a force as shoppers demand cleaner ingredients.

"Clients want organics, they want prestige and they want them to be effective," said Maria Rush, vice president of business development at Beauty Collection boutiques in Los Angeles.

Many of the new products that will be on store shelves in 2015 were...

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Sophia Amoruso brings her Nasty Gal and more to Melrose Avenue

Sophia Amoruso, 30, the digital doyenne who turned her hobby of selling vintage clothing on EBay into the $130-million, L.A.-based Nasty Gal fashion brand, has had quite a year.

Her "#GirlBoss" business manifesto was published in May, documenting her journey from shoplifting teen to fashion mogul, and was a runaway hit that made the New York Times bestseller list. She has been embraced by the New York-centric fashion industry, landing a feature in Vogue magazine and a collaboration with MAC Cosmetics (the Nasty Gal collection of "fierce shades" of nail polish and lipstick is in stores now). She provided the wardrobe for actress Lena Dunham for the "Girls" creator's book tour — a stamp of approval from cultural arbiter Dunham that only added to Amoruso's million-plus Facebook fans and Instagram followers. And in November, she capped it all off by opening the first brick-and-mortar Nasty Gal store, at 8115 Melrose Ave.

The 2,500-square-foot space across from Fred Segal has expansive...

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