Your Morning Fashion & Beauty Report: Creator of Kate Middleton’s see-through dress launches collection. Leighton Meester stars for Vera Wang. And Karl Lagerfield dives into chocolate.

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I swore I wasn’t going to write a word about the royal wedding, especially after Booth Moore’s great coverage of the wedding fashion here at All the Rage early -- really early! -- Friday morning. But then this marginally related tidbit caught my eye: Charlotte Todd, who created the see-through dress that reportedly got Prince William’s attention when it was modeled by Kate Middleton back when they were in school, launched her own design firm on the eve of the wedding. The 12-piece collection includes a tube dress similar to the one Kate modeled. Of course. [Telegraph]

There have actually been some other weddings lately, btw. LeAnn Rimes marrying Eddie Cibrian in a Malibu backyard, for instance. Rimes wore a handmade Reem Acra gown featuring all-over pearls in a range of sizes and white paillettes on nude silk chiffon. She accessorized with snakeskin shoes. [People]

‘Gossip Girl’s’ Leighton Meester introduced Vera Wang’s latest fragrance, Lovestruck, to a standing-room-only crowd at the designer’s Manhattan apartment this week. Meester will appear in ads for the fragrance, which is being released in the U.K in June and the U.S. in August. [WWD]

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The multitasking Karl Lagerfeld’s latest endeavor? He created a hotel suite at La Réserve in Paris constructed entirely of chocolate, complete with a life-sized likeness of model Baptiste Giabiconi lounging on a quilted white bedspread edged in delicate broderie anglaise. Master chocolate-maker Patrick Roger reportedly used 1.5 tons of chocolate for everything, right down to the carpet and the books on the bedside table. Why? Publicity for ice cream brand Magnum. [WWD]

The American Apparel and Footwear Assn.'s Image Awards, held Wednesday in New York, raised $1.1 million for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Among the honorees: Ruben Toledo won the Fashion Maverick Award; David Koch, the Humanitarian Award; William Rast was named brand of the year; Ugg Australia, footwear brand of the year; and Neiman Marcus, retailer of the year. Mark Weber, chief exec of LVMH Inc. and chairman of Donna Karan International, took home man of the year honors. [WWD]

Was it just a few days ago that a huge hubbub blew up when the J. Crew catalog featured a photo of creative director Jenna Lyons painting her young son’s toenails in what many thought was a sweet moment of mother-son play and others thought was a sign of the end of civilization? Now designer Isaac Mizrahi confesses: He always paints his toenails, he said at a fundraiser for Good Shepherd Services, a children’s charity he’s involved with. Let’s see, he is a successful, creative person who mentors disadvantaged children -- despite having painted nails. [The Cut]

Walgreen’s plans to update its stodgy beauty aisles with a slick, more modern offering. [WWD] (subscription required.)

-- Susan Denley


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