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GFY Giveaway: Hijacking the Runway by Teri Agins


Fashion journalist Teri Agins (who’s very well known for her great work at the Wall Street Journal, as well as lots of other writings), is awesome and I am delighted that she has a new book out:

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This seems very on topic for us, no? I’ve heard it is FASCINATING, and I can’t wait to read it myself.  For one thing, according to Elle, there’s some VERY juicy stuff about Kanye’s ill-fated line, and it just sounds like a fabulous read. As you shall see below:

THE PRIZE: An autographed copy of Teri’s book, Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers! Per Barnes & Noble:

“A fascinating chronicle of how celebrity has inundated the world of fashion, realigning the forces that drive both the styles we covet and the bottom lines of the biggest names in luxury apparel. From Coco Chanel’s iconic tweed suits to the miniskirt’s surprising comeback in the late 1980s, fashion houses reigned for decades as the arbiters of style and dictators of trends. Hollywood stars have always furthered fashion’s cause of seducing the masses into buying designers’ clothes, acting as living billboards. Now, forced by the explosion of social media and the accelerating worship of fame, red carpet celebrities are no longer content to just advertise and are putting their names on labels that reflect the image they—or their stylists—created.

Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sean Combs, and a host of pop, sports, and reality-show stars of the moment are leveraging the power of their celebrity to become the face of their own fashion brands, embracing lucrative contracts that keep their images on our screens and their hands on the wheel of a multi-billion dollar industry. And a few celebrities—like the Olsen Twins and Victoria Beckham—have gone all the way and reinvented themselves as bonafide designers. Not all celebrities succeed, but in an ever more crowded and clamorous marketplace, it’s increasingly unlikely that any fashion brand will succeed without celebrity involvement—even if designers, like Michael Kors, have to become celebrities themselves. Agins charts this strange new terrain with wit and insight and an insider’s access to the fascinating struggles of the bold-type names and their jealousies, insecurities, and triumphs. Everyone from industry insiders to fans of Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model will want to read Agins’s take on the glitter and stardust transforming the fashion industry, and where it is likely to take us next.”

THE TASK: Name the celebrity whose fashion line you actually DO most want to raid. (I will be picking winners at random, I just find this topic fascinating.  My personal pick is Victoria Beckham. She’s got some bags out now that I want to embrace to my bosom.)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday. (US residents only, unfortunately.) FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, (a) I’m very glad you’re here and (b) the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you.

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Fug or Fab: Michelle Monaghan in Simone Rocha


First I like this, then I didn’t like it, then I did like it, then I just didn’t know:

The Best of Me Premieres in LA

No doubts on the shoes: They’re fantastic and I’ll be home today from 10am-3pm to sign for them, thank you very much. The dress, though, feels a bit like Angry Betty Draper has a baby with a picnic tablecloth and the weird thing is, I don’t even mean that as an insult. I like picnics AND Angry Betty Draper is gorgeous and always well-dressed. So I am going to come down, tentatively, on the side of the angels here. But what say you?

[Photo: Pacific Coast News]

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Your Afternoon Man: Matt Damon


Matt Damon Celebrates His 44th Birthday

I was never going to deny you a photo of Matt Damon snuggling a pinata.

[Photo: AKM/GIS]

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Fugs and Fug or Fab: Kristen Stewart


I must admit I’m glad she’s got a movie to promote. At least she’s rarely boring, god bless her. Today brings us a LOT of leather and leather-like items of various levels of success.

[Photos: AKM/GSI, Getty]

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Well Played/ Fug or Fab: Keira Knightley at The Imitation Game Photocall and Premiere


I guess it’s raining in London right now? Thank god, we can add another entry to our file of Dudes Holding Umbrellas. Let’s talk about Keira, who I wish would unclench her hold on this particular color. (But her photocall dress is terribly cute.)

[Photos: Pacific Coast News, AKM/GSI, Getty]

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Fugs and Fabs and TURBANS: The Club Tacori Event


I mean, other people wore stuff but this is clearly your takeaway.

[Photos: Splash]

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