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Victoria Beckham turns her hand to car design for Range Rover

British fashion designer Victoria Beckham had her soccer-superstar husband "David in mind" when helping create a new special edition of Range Rover's off-road vehicle, the "Evoque".
"I've stayed very true to myself. I've designed a car that I want to drive, a car that I think David wants to drive," the former Spice Girl told Reuters in an interview in Beijing, where she was promoting the vehicle, late on Sunday.
"I think that though women will drive this car, it has a masculine edge. I think it's very cool," she added.
Beckham, who admitted she had never done a project like this before, said she had learned "an enormous amount."

"And the bottom line is, would I drive this car, like when I'm designing a dress, would I wear this dress? I love what I do. I consider myself so blessed to do a job that I love and this has been a great experience for me," said Beckham, wearing a sleeveless striped dress from her own collection.
She said she searched for inspiration in many places.
"I did a lot of research and not just with cars, old and new, but boats, planes, movie stars, different locations," she said. (Reuters)
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HuffPost Style Takes a Look Back at the Year in Pippa Middleton’s Butt

After earning itself a Facebook group, a TLC movie special, a namesake surgical procedure and a special shout-out from Justin Timberlake, it's safe to say that this was the Year of Pippa's Bum.

To be fair, the "Crazy About Pippa" TV movie focused on her persona as a whole. (We're sure she's got a great personality!) But since the moment she stepped onto the red carpet at the Royal Wedding twelve months ago, all eyes have been fixated at the famous sib's most enviable feature.
more: HuffPost Style
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Carolina Herrera to receive Honorary Degree From FIT

Carolina Herrera will don a cap and gown to pick up an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology May 22 when students of the Schools of Art and Design and Graduate Studies receive their diplomas. Davin Stowell, founder and chief executive officer of the multidisciplinary firm Smart Design, will deliver the keynote address at the Jacob Javits Center North. Earlier in the day, Leslie Blodgett, creator of bareMinerals and executive chairman of Bare Escentuals, will be the keynote speaker for graduates of FIT’s Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology and the School of Liberal Arts.WWD

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Karl Lagerfeld Shot Supermodel Linda Evangelista for the New Chanel Eyewear Campaign

The revival of ’90s supermodels continues. In her first Chanel campaign since that decade, Linda Evangelista is the newest face of Chanel Eyewear. She succeeds fellow ’90s supermodel and current (revived) Guess girl Claudia Schiffer. Should we just stop calling them ’90s supermodels and instead refer to them as forever supermodels? They can’t be stopped. Nor do they age.

The Love cover girl looks as gorgeous as ever in the simple but eye-catching ads. Chanel also released a series of black-and-white behind the scenes images of the campaign shoot, which shows Karl Lagerfeld doing his other day job–photographing the campaigns for every brand he’s involved with. He’s also seen using an iPad, so now we know he actually knows how to use one.

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Christian Dior and Raf Simons

Christian Dior has confirmed that Raf Simons has taken the place of John Galliano at the house. The designer, who left his post as creative director of Jil Sander in February, will show his first collection for Dior during Couture Week in July, and will hold the official title of "artistic director".

"It is with the utmost respect for its tremendous history, its unparalleled knowledge and craftsmanship that I am joining the magnificent house of Dior."
"Mr Christian Dior has always been for me the most inspiring couturier. Around the globe, the name Dior symbolises the ultimate in elegance and refinement. I am truly humbled and honoured to become artistic director of the most celebrated French house in the world." (Vogue)

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New York City Releases Fashion NYC2020 Report

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WWD -New York City officials’ release of the Fashion NYC2020 final report Tuesday did not present the rosiest forecast for the apparel industry. The U.S. apparel industry is expected to decline at a continued rate of 2 percent annually. More significant growth is predicted in the BRIC countries, where the annual GDP increase is expected to be between 6 and 9 percent.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other industry supporters used the 27-page report to highlight the need to enhance the city as a top destination for designers and fashion design entrepreneurs, bolster its reputation as a hub of the wholesale trade and department stores and as a global center for fashion media, marketing and retailing. The report listed several ways to help the city fashion industry stand apart — attract top talent to enhance the business side of fashion, set up more networking and metoring opportunities, develop a hub of innovation for specialty and multichannel stores and assist emerging designers with loans for production and vetted local factories.
From 2004 to 2009, consumer spending at U.S. off-price retailers grew at 6 percent annually, while spending at mid-tier department stores fell by 4 percent annually, the report noted. On a more positive note, New York fashion week generates $532 million in direct visitor spending and $865 million in total economic impact each year.
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Gary Oldman: Dressing the part

Gary Oldman's career is a significant achievement, even by Hollywood standards: over the past three decades he has taken on iconic characters - fictional, real and somewhere in-between - such as Sid Vicious, Count Dracula, Ludwig van Beethoven and Lee Harvey Oswald, bringing each to the screen with obsessive attention to detail.

Though I liked Bowie, I was never into the glam thing - it was all a bit much. I was never a punk either, though I got to play Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy. Looking back, I suppose the role I had in Meantime - Coxy the skinhead - was closer to my personal style. That bomber jacket he wears was my own, out of the cupboard, and those knee-high Dr Martens were Tim Roth's. He loaned them to me because we were looking for a pair that was worn.
As a drama student I got into Thirties and Forties suits. There was this place in Holborn called something like Blax, where this guy had these second-hand suits and boxes of these vintage shirts that were still in their polythene wrappers.
When I first went there, you wore a shirt and tie with a pin through the collar under the tie, with an old, smart single- or double-breasted suit. The trousers hung beautifully as they had a turn-up that was weighted with a little piece of leather. Then, of course, you had to get the shoes: shiny brogues and Oxfords. It was another uniform, I suppose, but I remember being the only one who dressed like that.

more: Telegraph 
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Rocco Interviews Nigel Barker Who Interviews Rocco

Rocco Leo Gaglioti gets interviewed by Nigel Barker at the From Scotland With Love Show in New York City

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First look at Gareth Pugh's ballet costumes for Carbon Life

Gareth Pugh's design for Carbon Life
The fashion designer Gareth Pugh has turned costume designer for a new Wayne McGregor ballet scored by Mark Ronson that premieres tomorrow at the Royal Opera House.Which is why McGregor chose him.

"Wayne's […] only thing was to say that he never works with point shoes and tutus. He really wanted to see what my version of those things would be." Carbon Life , says Pugh, follows the company "from the naivety of when they're born, through their relationships, to what they become. I wanted [to convey] that in the costumes, so everybody starts naked, then evolves."
"The point shoe may look restrictive, but it's made in such a way the foot can do everything that it needs to do." Pugh used to dance himself, so speaks with some authority. Apparently, the pirouetting dancers "haven't had any problems" with the outfits. Which isn't to say the audience won't if those sharp-edged boots go flying.
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Discover the manufacturing phases to create the iconic Valentino handbag...

The craftsmanship involved in making the accessory a favorite with celebrities such as Rachel Bilson, Dakota Fanning and Kirsten Dunst .
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