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  •'s item of the week: speed reading

    Long before Stella McCartney and Yohji Yamamoto hopped into bed with Adidas and Alexander McQueen ran wild with Puma, the worlds of sports and fashion exerted an influence on one another. It runs from the Belle Époque bloomers ladies donned to ride bicycles (the forerunner of pants on women) to the streetwear-goes-to-Wimbledon looks of the Williams sisters. A new book edited by Ligaya Salazar, curator of Contemporary Programs at London 's Victoria & Albert Museum , explores the topic with exceptional depth and breadth. The tome includes hundreds of inspiring images as well as contributions from athletically inclined tastemakers like Kim Jones, the Stylesniper, and Mihara Yasuhiro. The colorful volume is out June 1-run, don't walk.

    Fashion V Sport, edited by Ligaya Salazar, published by Harry N. Abrams, $37.50, available at


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  •'s beauty icon: Carolina Herrera

    With her deep-set eyes and alabaster skin, Carolina Herrera-who will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America on June 2nd-could have stepped straight out of a Goya painting. Back in the sixties and seventies, as she jet-setted around the world with her second husband, Reinaldo, and a pack of high-profile pals like Mick Jagger and Jackie Onassis, she favored dramatic ensembles by then emerging Italian designers like Giorgio Armani and Valentino and French couturiers Yves Saint Laurent and Emanuel Ungaro. Dubbed "la bombe" by Diana Vreeland, Herrera's patented blend of classic formality and Latin theatricality-heavy on the Latin theatricality-landed her in the International Best-Dressed List's Hall of Fame.

    Today, at 69, her look is impeccable, as evidenced by those high-collared white blouses and crisp skirts from the atelier that she founded in 1981. But despite her regal mien-WWD dubbed her "Our Lady of the

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  •’s style hunter: bow coup

    Does the classic bow ever really go out of fashion? In a word: no. Designers' long-standing love affair with the twin loops and tails might have something to do with the (potentially naughty) association of impeccably trussed packages waiting to be undone. Whatever the rationale, this Fall, designers got more tied up in the theme than ever. On the runways of Jil Sander, United Bamboo, Wunderkind, and Marc by Marc Jacobs, bows transcended surface embellishment to become entwined into silhouettes-the sign of a sure hand with sartorial technique. "It's a detail I love working with because it is tailored and feminine at the same time," says bow aficionada Behnaz Sarafpour. "[It's] actually a part of our company logo!"

    Hot tomato: Christian Lacroix's saucy minidress

    Shouldering on at Jil Sander.

    Wunderkind's rainbow coalition.

    Behnaz Sarafpour's purple passion.

    Top billing

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  •'s backstage confidential: Alberta Ferretti fall ‘08

    The Inside Scoop on Runway Beauty

    Kohl-rimmed eyes, pale pink lips, and subtly bouffant 'dos had the models at Alberta Ferretti looking like latter-day dolly birds.

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    The trapeze-shaped frocks in luxe jewel tones on Alberta Ferretti's Fall runway were the designer's way of capturing what she calls "the nonchalance of women today." To complement her vision, makeup artist Peter Philips and hairstylist Guido Palau dreamed up a modern version of a sixties look that was both put-together and laid-back.

    Back to the Future

    "It's a watered-down sixties look," said Peter Philips of the heavily lined eyes and pale lips he created for Ferretti's Fall collection. "But it's less refined and more rock 'n' roll than Brigitte Bardot." He began by perfecting the models' skin with Chanel Pro Lumière Professional Finish Makeup SPF 15, an oil-free base that lends a semi-matte finish to complexions. Instead of blush, he applied a highlighter to temples and cheekbones "to give

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  • 5 Great:'s picks for the best beauty fakes

    DuWop Prime Venom
    Thanks to a blend of volumizing cinnamon, ginger, and wintergreen, this new lip plumper does a solid job puffing up a puny pout. But since it's served up in a satin matte balm instead of a typical thick gloss, it leaves lips soft, not sticky.

    Price: $20

    Available at Sephora stores.

    Hairdo Clip-In Extensions
    You may not have her voice or body, but Jessica Simpson's countless 'dos can be yours with this line of clip-in hair extensions. Created by the singer/actress/former reality star's mane man, Ken Paves, each piece is made of styleable human hair or a ready-to-wear hair substitute called Vibralite, and is expertly colored to blend in with your own natural strands. What's more, they're based on styles Simpson has personally worn, for a truly authentic look. All you have to add is your own dopey quips.

    Price: $90 to $500

    Available at , , and select salons. For locations, see .

    MAC Lashes
    Even the best mascaras

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