Kate Moss turned up the glamour to attend an amfAR gala in São Paulo, Brazil, on Friday. She wore a black dress with a dramatic plunging neckline while she mingled with fellow attendees, including pregnant Fergie in a smart suit and Sharon Stone, who walked the red carpet with model boyfriend Martin Mica. Kate has been enjoying the sights in São Paulo and dropped by the city's ninth annual International Art Fair on Thursday. Kate, an avid art fan and friend of the late artist Lucian Freud, checked out the pieces on display ahead of the charity gala.
- Italy's Tax Commission has ordered Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to pay a €343.4 million fine (about $440 million at current exchange) for allegedly evading corporate taxes. [The Cut]
- Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Hermès's artistic director, will receive France's Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. [WWD]
- Michelle Obama wore a dress from Prabal Gurung's Spring 2010 line to attend Easter Sunday mass. [Fashionista]
If there's one woman who loves linking charity and cosmetics, it's Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie, and she made that point abundantly clear during an appearance on Good Morning America this morning. Collaborating with Wet n Wild, the drugstore brand she already has a collection with, the singer has released a shade of lipstick dubbed Perfect Pout V.I.Pink ($3) to benefit the American Foundation For AIDS Research (aka amfAR). About 50 cents of each lipstick sold will benefit the foundation, which Fergie has been a supporter of for years.
Looking to the future, Fergie hopes to continue to bridge the gap between cosmetics and charity. "For me, it was really important to have a charitable component to my cosmetics line," Fergie, who collaborated with MAC's Viva Glam collection for charity in 2008, told WWD. Fergie will also be awarded the amfAR Award of Inspiration at the organization's third annual Inspiration Gala on April 5. Perfect Pout V.I.Pink is available now for anyone looking to do some good with their lipstick purchase.
Last night's amfAR's Inspiration Gala brought out the celebrity bigwigs dressed to the nines in an array of smokin' hot looks. Kate Hudson stole the show wearing a red, formfitting gown by Prabal Gurung, Sarah Jessica Parker showed off her style cred in a vintage Chanel jumpsuit, and Alessandra Ambrosio stunned in a sexy black embroidered couture gown from Zuhair Murad. See every hot angle, plus more gorgeous looks from the likes of Kristin Davis, Beth Behrs, and Octavia Spencer all in the slideshow now.
Karl Lagerfeld and Harvey Weinstein will auction off a chance to star in a short film at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala in Cannes. Weinstein will produce the short, and Lagerfeld will serve as its director.
Among other lots available for auction at the gala is an all-black wardrobe, which will be displayed in a fashion show curated by Carine Roitfeld. Money will benefit amfAR's continuing AIDS research.
Francisco Costa Models, Natalia Vodianova Defends Her "Skinny" Comments, and Opening Ceremony Pops Up in London
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- Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa landed his first modeling assignment with the American Foundation for AIDS Research. Costa will star in a campaign advertising the organization's new "São Paolo for the Cure!" t-shirts, set to debut tomorrow in his native Brazil. He's joined in the campaign by fellow Brazilians Luciana Casta and Raquel Zimmermann. [Daily Front Row]
- Natalia Vodianova took flak for saying "It's better to be skinny than to be fat" at this past weekend's Vogue festival, and today she responded to the criticism on her Facebook page, explaining that her original comment was designed to make people laugh. "If I was giving a speech I would have chosen my words more carefully of course," she wrote. [The Cut]
- Opening Ceremony will open its first London store — a pop-up shop — to celebrate the start of the 2012 Olympic games this July. When the games are over, the store will move to a permanent spot on King Street in the Covent Garden neighborhood. "Bringing Opening Ceremony to Covent Garden is an important next step in the growth of our company," said founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. [Catwalk Queen]
- The Food and Drug Administration will start monitoring what goes into beauty products sold in the United States by creating a mandatory ingredient registry next year. Current law allows beauty companies to report their ingredients voluntarily, and there are only 10 ingredients that are banned from domestic products. In the European Union, tighter beauty industry regulations have banned some 1,200 ingredients. [Refinery29]
- Richemont, owner of luxury jewelers and watchmakers like Cartier and IWC, won a momentous infringement case against a company that registered the trademark for Vacheron Constantin — Richemont's oldest watch brand — in Russia and sold clothes under that label. The outcome of the case means that a well-known trademark in one country can't be taken and reregistered in another country, because it can confuse consumers and harm the original trademark holder's reputation. "This is a landmark case with worldwide implications," said Richemont chief counsel Frederick Mostert. [Material World]
Photo: Natalia Vodianova walks during Stella McCartney's Fall 2012 show.
>> Last night's amfAR gala to kick off Fall 2012 Fashion Week had it all. There were superstars (Julianne Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker), icons (Carine Roitfeld, Roberto Cavalli), and way too many supermodels to count — Heidi Klum, Cindy Crawford, Molly Sims, Erin Heatherton, and Anja Rubik, just to name a few. Cavalli, who was honored at the event, offered insight into his newfound passion: social media. "I discovered I love to write. It's a new emotion," the designer explained. "I love to watch when people write me back, it's such love." See images from the evening — which raised $1.4 million for AIDS research, prevention, and education — here.
Dressed in a beautiful, white Roberto Cavalli gown, Heidi Klum joined Bar Refaeli, Lindsay Lohan, and an elite group at amfAR's Milano gala last night. The philanthropic celebration signals the start of Milan's Fashion Week and brought out a mix of designers, models, and stars. Guests were entertained with a duet from John Legend and Raphael Saadiq of Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amore." John was accompanied by girlfriend Chrissy Teigen, who watched from the crowd while he auctioned off two private performances that raised nearly $400,000 Euros for AIDS research. Heidi also took the stage to present Kenneth Cole with an award and later dined with friends and her Project Runway costar Nina Garcia. Lindsay Lohan made an appearance and posed for photos with Margherita Missoni and brothers Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared. The fashion world turns its attention to Italy in the upcoming days with Spring 2012 presentations coming down the runway from designers like Missoni, Alberta Ferretti, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana — stay up to date on all the latest trends with our Fashion Week coverage!
- amfAR remembers Elizabeth Taylor — InStyle
- Jason Wu has sage advice for Kate Middleton's wedding dress designer — Vogue UK Daily
- amfAR remembers Elizabeth Taylor — InStyle
- Jason Wu has sage advice for Kate Middleton's wedding dress designer — Vogue UK Daily Marc Jacobs doesn't bother trying to say no to a Vogue request — The Cut
- Watch Mulberry's Spring 2011 ad campaign — FabSugarUK
- Alexander Wang offers hand-held industrialism — Purse Blog
- American Apparel could be saved . . . if only people would shop there — Jezebel
- Window dressing: Rowan Mersh sculpts for Fendi — Nylon Blog
- Fantastic plastic: a beachcomber makes over Loomstate tees — Vogue Daily
By now, you're probably familiar with Mondo Guerra, the charismatic Project Runway season eight finalist. Mondo announced his HIV-positive status on the show and is using his newfound celebrity to gain awareness for AIDS research. So, he's designed two super-stylish, limited-edition tees ($50) for Piperlime that are available today — World AIDS Day. The designs infuse Mondo's bold style and energetic graphics, and for every tee sold, Piperlime will donate $20 to amfAR. There are only 300 of them, so what are you waiting for? Head over to Piperlime now to grab a tee and do your part.