Big names, small screen: The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund will be the focus of a just-announced TV series. According to Monday's announcement, the partnership between the arts channel Ovation* and Conde Nast Entertainment -- appropriately named "The Fashion Fund" -- will document "the excitement of emerging fashion designers vying for the chance to be named the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner."
The fund, now in its 10th year, will award the top designer a $300,000 grant and a one-year mentorship with an established industry name. But if you ask us, this is a genius move since it will provide much-needed exposure to the other nine, non-winning, finalists as well. Produced by Break Thru Films in association with the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) and Vogue magazine, "The Fashion Fund" will premiere in December with six initial one-hour episodes on Ovation.
Lagerfeld jumps for 'Jasmine': Designer Karl Lagerfeld was more than happy to create some custom Chanel wardrobe pieces for Cate Blanchett to wear in Woody Allen's latest movie, "Blue Jasmine," reports the U.K. Telegraph. Apparently costume designer Suzy Benzinger sent Lagerfeld a note and two days later, a couple of jackets were on their way. The Telegraph says the jacket in question is "a classic white bouclé style with navy trim, which Blanchett can be seen wearing in the film's trailer." [U.K. Telegraph]
Stars align for HollyRod: A serious constellation of celebrities (enough even to constitute a Milky Way galaxy of stars) including Magic and Cookie Johnson, LeVar Burton, Garcelle Beauvais, Cedric the Entertainer, Leah Remini, Viveca A. Fox, Amy Yasbeck, Alan Thicke, Eva LaRue and Laila Ali clustered in Malibu on Saturday night for a fundraiser benefiting the HollyRod Foundation, which provides support for people living with autism and Parkinson’s disease, our friends over at Society News L.A. report.
Hosted by Holly Robinson Peete, the evening included the presentation of awards, a full-length runway show of Rubin Singer fashions and a performance by Ne-Yo. [Society News L.A.]
Blue Hues: Folks sure seemed to be in the Smurfy spirit on the blue carpet for the "Smurfs 2" premiere in Los Angeles. Those who, to borrow the parlance of "Arrested Development," memorably "blue themselves" for the occasion included Britney Spears and Katy Perry (in a cobalt blue hand-cut leather and beaded lace cocktail dress from designer Tadashi Shoji’s Fall/Winter 2013 runway collection).
[*Updated 7/29/13, 3:40 p.m.: An earlier version of this post inadvertently omitted the name of the channel airing the series in the first paragraph. It is Ovation.]