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  • Snag a Piece of Fashion History: Karl Lagerfeld’s 1960s Sketches Up for Auction

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    It is hard to imagine a world where Karl Lagerfeld designed for any other brand than Chanel, but before his current job as creative director for the French fashion house, the pony-tailed designer had a slew of other high-profile gigs including posts at Fendi, Chloé, Jean Patou, Tiziani, and Balmain. As a young designer, Lagerfeld took a job at Roman couture house Tiziani in 1963 where he stayed for six years, and now we are getting a glimpse of the work he did there.

    This week, hundreds of fashion sketches featuring early works by Lagerfeld will be up for grabs at Palm Beach Modern Auctions, along with drawings, photos, and letters from one of Tiziani's favorite clients, Elizabeth Taylor. Tiziani's founder, Evan Richards, kept Lagerfeld's designs-several made exclusively for Taylor (above, left)-and sketchbooks together with other work produced for the fashion house, and the archive was maintained by subsequent owners. Although Lagerfeld's drawings are definitely the highlights,

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    British brand Mulberry gathered a menagerie of creatures to star alongside model Cara Delevingne in its spring 2014 campaign. The ad campaign brings a touch of whimsy to the brand's classic vibe, featuring Delevingne partaking in an English tea party with the animals while clothed in Mulberry's latest cheery collection. Shot by Tim Walker at Shotover House, an 18th century country mansion in Oxfordshire, England, the magical images feature the model in her most charming setting yet. The campaign was directed by Ronnie Cooke Newhouse and Stephen Wolstenholme, with Edward Enninful as stylist and set design by Rhea Thierstein.

    "The spring 2014 campaign was a beautiful but naughty tea party with Cara and her ark of animals-the perfect Mulberry moment. They didn't have the best table manners, but Cara was very forgiving," said Cooke Newhouse of the shoot. Tea with a cockatoo named Spud, a pony known as Dusty, and a slew of other furry and feathered friends, plus some gorgeous Mulberry

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  • Kristen Wiig on Her New Auburn Tresses: “I’ve Always Wanted to Go Red!”

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    Last week, we did a double take when Kristen Wiig stepped out with pretty new auburn locks,and at a screening of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty last night at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, hosted by The Cinema Society & Brooks Brothers, she shared the inspiration behind her sassy new hue. "I've always wanted to go red and I've never done it before," she told InStyle.com. "It was just sort of [one of those things] where I'm not working right now and it was sort of like, 'Okay yeah, I'll just go for it.'" So does being a redhead make her feel like a new person? "Yeah!" she said with a straight face, then in the typical comedic Wiig style that we love, started laughing. "Well, no. Not really."

    In the Ben Stiller-directed 21st Century comic epic, about a man named Walter Mitty (Stiller) who escapes his everyday life by stepping inside his own over-active imagination, Wiig plays the co-worker and love interest of Mitty.

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  • Channel Your Inner French Girl with These Limited Edition Parisian Kicks

    Courtesy (2)Courtesy (2)It may be boot season, but that doesn't mean we have to nix thoughts of all other footwear! We are already dreaming of spring and all the shoes it has to offer, including these hip tennis shoes. The famed French shop Colette has teamed up with PONY on a limited edition collection of two pairs of covetable sneakers. The PONY x Colette collaboration infuses PONY's iconic street-inspired, old-school Topstar kicks with the Parisian shop's Pantone hue: sapphire blue. What's special about these sneakers is that the blue material is made from reflective fabric, which makes it pop when it hits the light. Want to channel your inner French girl? Pick up these instant wardrobe brighteners, available now at colette.fr for $124 and $138.


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  • Found It! Selena Gomez’s Vibrant Violet Lipstick

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    Want to make a statement at your next holiday party? Take a cue from Selena Gomez. While attending a concert in NYC, the singer went for an unexpected pop of purple on her lips, and managed to look completely glam in it. "We wanted to create a fun and festive look that wasn't predictable," said makeup artist Gita Bass, who used the Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in #15 ($20; sephora.com) on the star.

    To get a similar look, first make sure lips are flake-free (use a toothbrush to softly scrub away any dead skin), and then outline the mouth with a nude pencil. Swipe on a coat directly from the tube for true intensity and remember to "keep the rest of the face pretty neutral when using a strong color like this," added Bass.

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  • Steal Her Style (For a Good Cause): Julia Roberts’ Printed Scarf

    James Devaney/WireImage, CourtesyJames Devaney/WireImage, CourtesyJulia Roberts braved the New York City cold, arriving at The Late Show with David Letterman in a two-toned coat (with cool black-and-white pointy-toe pumps to boot). But instead of staying in neutral territory, the actress broke ground, gripping a printed a red-violet scarf in her right hand. Why it was not wrapped around her neck we may never know, but the effect remains the same: A loud accessory adds interest to an otherwise too-safe ensemble. Take note and bundle up this winter with a playful add-on to brighten up your look.

    Eying Roberts' scarf? It's Theodora & Callum's "Joyful Heart" scarf. From now until December 31st, 20 percent of proceeds will benefit the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization with a mission to "heal, education and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse." Shop for a good cause and get your hands on the scarf for $119 at theodoraandcallum.com.

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  • Check Out Taylor Swift’s New Shoulder-Skimming Cut

    Splash News; John Sciulli/Getty Images for The Weinstein CompanySplash News; John Sciulli/Getty Images for The Weinstein CompanyBye-bye bangs, hello long bob! We figured Taylor Swift was up to something when she posted pictures of her seemingly shorter 'do to Instagram, but we couldn't tell if it had actually been cut, or a camera trick combined with an aptly-placed Valencia filter. Turns out, it was the real deal-Swift was spotted in Perth, Australia shortly before taking the stage at her concert, rocking shoulder-length layers with choppy side swept bangs. Although heavy fringe was her signature look, she felt that she was overdue for an update. "While in the studio I came to the realization that my bangs are long enough to use as a sleep mask on long flights," she wrote. "Then I remembered I don't ever use sleep masks on flights. So really, I just need a haircut." Change is good, and we think she wears her new look well. Tell us: Do you like Taylor's cut, or do you miss her trademark style?



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  • Here’s the Secret to Olivia Wilde’s Glowing Complexion

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    Olivia Wilde never fails to look radiant on and off the red carpet, and while her luminous complexion can be credited in part to the infamous "pregnancy glow," she takes careful measures to make sure that it doesn't fade. Her motto? Less is more. "My skincare routine is very simple. I wash it, I moisturize it, and I exfoliate once a week, but when the weather is cold like this, I'll use a thicker moisturizer, but not much more," she told reporters at a launch event for Revlon's Age Defying Foundation, of which she and Halle Berry are the celebrity faces. "It's about finding things that work for you, learning how and where to use concealer, and just taking care of your skin. Being pregnant, I learned so much about how you respond to your body. It's kind of the only time in our lives where we're conscious of our bodies in a thoughtful way, and we're kinder to ourselves. We think about things like 'What am I doing to my skin? What am I eating? How am I working out?"'

    But even before

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  • Poll: Would You Rent Hair Extensions?

    Time Inc. Digital Studio; Getty Images for BoohooTime Inc. Digital Studio; Getty Images for BoohooYou can rent a couture dress or a designer bag, but would you rent hair extensions? The Nelson J Salon in Beverly Hills recently rolled out a hair extension rental program, which allows users to borrow clip-in pieces for seven days, priced at $75. For each purchase, a stylist will apply the extensions and blow out your strands, then you'll be sent home with a self-addressed stamped envelope to mail the pieces back after your seven days are up. "Spending around $250 to wear extensions for one evening is challenging for many budgets, so I thought a rental service would be a great option," said the salon's founder Nelson Chan. "It also allows someone to try more than one look during the course of a few months." While Julianne Hough recently opted for more-permanent versions from the Nine Zero One salon, it's nice to know we can get a look similar to hers without as long of a commitment-we're definitely intrigued! We want to know: Would you try out the service?



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  • Here’s What Nicole Richie Will Be Wearing All Winter

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    Between her multiple fashion lines, being a mother of two, and keeping up her avid social media accounts, Nicole Richie is one busy style-setter. We caught up with her at the launch of the new Styletag app in New York City, where she talked to InStyle.com about her winter must-have this year. "A statement coat for sure," said Richie. "I always like a good winter coat." Her pick for this holiday season certainly stands out, and she's been spotted wearing it everywhere from the airport to the red carpet. "I recently got a floor-length, faux fur Stella McCartney jacket. I usually splurge on one coat every winter, and that was it this year," Nicole told us exclusively, noting that it's her go-to item to add wow to any cold weather outfit (and it's available on stellamccartney.com).

    In need of some more winter style inspiration? Styletag, available to download now, is your answer. The first app to bring street style and personal style together, Styletag makes every shared look

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