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Roberto Cavalli: American Fashion is Terrible

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Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli thinks American fashion is '"terrible." The Italian fashion designer is so disgusted by the state of the industry in America that he "almost can't look at it," and he places part of the blame on US Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour because he believes she wants everyone to "dress the way she does."

"Just look at American fashion, which is almost fashion. It's terrible and you almost can't look at it, but it has been driven by a great journalist - Anna Wintour - who wants all women to be like her and to dress the way she does.''

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Items Du Jour: Kim Kardashian on Glamour, Lady Gaga Tops Magazine Sales

Kim Kardashian on Glamour-- Lady Gaga scored the highest number of monthly and bi-weekly magazines sold. Not surprisingly, the Rolling Stones cover with a nice view of her rear end sold 245,000 copies -- three times the magazine's 2010 average. Taylor Swift and Blake Lively were the worst-selling celebrities.

-- Elle magazine's parent company Lagardere is in talks with Hearst (Harper's Bazaar publisher) to sell all 40-plus foreign editions of the fashion glossy (sans the original French version) as soon as the end of the month. Lagardere claims it will keep full editorial control, despite whatever happens in the sale.

-- Kim Kardashian covers Glamour in pajamas, which she makes look incredibly sexy, despite what she says in her interview: "I don’t find myself as sexy as everyone thinks. I’m a lot more insecure than people would assume, but with little stupid things." This must explain why she constantly poses nude or in skin-tight outfits.

-- Androgynous model Andrej Pejic stars in the latest Marc by Marc Jacobs campaign, alongside Ginta Lapina. One can actually detect that he's most likely a guy in the photo.

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Selita Ebanks Shares Her Bad Vogue Experience

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Selita EbanksSelita Ebanks was dismissed from Vogue magazine with a wave of the hand from editor Anna Wintour. The Victoria's Secret model - who has recently been lauded for her starring role in Kanye West's Runaway film - told how she once had a disastrous meeting with bosses at the fashion bible.

"I wore Timberland boots. I had on corduroy high-water flooded beige pants with a button-down plaid shirt. I was a tomboy. I remember walking in ... Trudy, from Vogue at the time, she looks at me startled and I didn't understand why. I was like, 'What up? Who am I here to meet?' I walk into the office, I got maybe two steps into the room and I look and it's amazing Ms. Anna Wintour. She goes [makes a dismissive wave] and dismisses me. Needless to say my cover did not come out, to say the least, and I have never shot Vogue magazine," she explained to MTV News.

Rather than being bitter, Selita, 27, considers her visit to the offices a learning experience. "Now that I reflect back on it the lesson is to always do your homework. Always be aware, don't just take people's word for it and walk into a room. I should've asked, 'Who am I here to see? Who will be in the room?' But this is something you live and you learn."

Items Du Jour: Lara Stone Covers Vogue Again, Alber Elbaz Cares

Pregnant Lily Allen at Givenchy—A pregnant Lily Allen showed up at Givenchy in some chic pregnancy wear. True to Fall/Winter looks, she kept it simple and Parisian with a gray long coat, white blouse, and black pumps.

Glee star Lea Michele has become quite the fashion darling, striking a pose with Zac Posen. With her nude robe-like dress, I’d say that she has some more styling etiquette to learn.

—Alber Elbaz is probably the sweetest, most caring designer. The Lanvin creative gave his models the option of wearing comfy gladiator sandals (at the last minute!) for his Spring/Summer 2011 show.

—After scoring Vogue Paris‘s coveted 90th anniversary cover, Lara Stone is right back on Vogue—this time, it’s in her native UK mag.

—Finally taking a cue from some sensible publicists, American Apparel attempts to save the brand’s image in some new ads that feature a less-creepy Dov in the face of their financial woes. He just still couldn’t resist shooting the ads in his bed.

—Traditional and iconic American swimsuit model Marisa Miller changes things up for 944, sporting a dark bob wig and gloves—a far cry from her usual California-esque look.

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Colorful Milan Fashion Week

Gucci Spring/Summer 2011Vibrant colors have already proved a key trend at .

With Gucci kicking off proceedings yesterday morning, the iconic Italian brand showcased its vibrant collection based upon “grown up glamour.”

Prada followed this trend in its runway show, with a whole host of bright and jeweled colors being a key feature of the collection, which also included a playful, banana print and bold stripes. Elsewhere, proved the floral trend is set to make a re-emergence next summer, with a number of feminine floral pieces featured.

However, it’s not just bright colors that will be popular in the Spring/Summer 2011 collection - Alberta Ferretti and Luisa Beccaria both opted for romantic, ethereal-looking pieces, with pretty lace dresses and sheer chiffon tops. Additionally, the Fendi brand showcased a completely different style from the other collections previewed at Milan Fashion Week, opting for a more ‘70s feel.

The great and good of the fashion world are set to descend on the capital in the coming days to display their pieces, with shows from Roberto Cavalli, Giorgio Armani and Versace scheduled for later in the week. is already in the Italian city and is likely to be in the front row and many events.

Alexander McQueen Memorial Takes Place in London

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Alexander McQueen memorial

Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Moss and Anna Wintour were among the guests at Alexander McQueen’s memorial service today. The stars paid tribute to the British designer - who took his life on the eve of his mother’s funeral in February - alongside family and friends at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral.

Reverend Canon Giles Fraser opened the ceremony with a tribute to the iconic designer, saying, “It was a life lived in the public gaze, but it was as vulnerable and retiring as it was glamorous. Despite the dazzle of his world, he never forgot his East End roots and how much he owed to his loved ones.” Singer Bjork and a Scottish piper playing “Braveheart” accompanied the emotional service with music.

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Grace Coddington Autobiography in the Works

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Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington is to pen her fashion memoirs.

The Welsh-born fashion writer, who came to the attention of many thanks to her starring role in The September Issue alongside , is to write a book with Men’s Vogue editor-in-chief Jay Fielden.

“We’re just starting, and I think it’s going to be a really fun project. I’m hoping it’s going to be very rich in fashion history.”

The book is expected to document her early life in Wales, as well as her careers at both British and American . The flame-haired former model is currently the creative director of American Vogue, and joined the magazine on the same day as Anna Wintour in 1988.

Her profile was raised by The September Issue, which explored her relationship with both Wintour and the other stylists and designers involved with the magazine. Grace began working for Vogue after her modeling career was cut short due to a car crash that led her to require plastic surgery.

Quote of the Day: Mario Testino on Kate Moss, Anna Wintour

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Anna Wintour and Kate Moss

“Believe it or not, [] is shy. I go to events with her and I am, like, what’s the matter with you?’ and she is, like, shaking, nervous. I’m, like: ‘You’re a freak, because I am not shy at all.’ Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of American Vogue, is, you imagine, the most secure person, but she is shy, too. Often people mistake her shyness for coldness.”

- Fashion photographer Mario Testino talks about the shy personalities of Kate Moss and .

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Fashion World to Contribute to Matthew Williamson Book

Matthew Williamson with Sienna Miller is to be the subject of a new book.

Matthew Williamson will follow the British-born fashion designer’s journey from his debut collection in 1997 up to his present day global success.

A host of big names are expected to contribute to the book on Williamson, who counts celebrities such as Keira Knightley, Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow among his fans. Actress Sienna Miller, a close friend and muse to the designer, will provide the foreword while a host of big names from the world of fashion will give contributions. These include , British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, fashion designers Zandra Rhodes and Sir Paul Smith and Joan Burstein, founder of Browns boutique in London.

Written by fashion historian Colin McDowell, the book will be lavishly decorated in Williamson’s trademark vibrant colors and patterns. Released in October, the book will be accompanied by an exhibition at Somerset House in central London, which will run until January 2011. The exhibition will launch with a party on October 12 where the central courtyard of Somerset House will be made over in a Matthew Williamson theme.

Quote of the Day: Tim Gunn on Anna Wintour

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Tim GunnAnna Wintour

“I was with a colleague from Parsons, and we had been discussing the will-she-or-won’t-she-take-the-elevator question, so we ran over to the elevator bay to see if Anna would deign to get on. She wasn’t there. Then we looked over the stairway railing. And what did we see but Anna being carried down the stairs. The bodyguards had made a fireman’s lock and were racing her from landing to landing. She was sitting on their crossed arms.”

- Fashion consultant and Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn on ‘s true diva status.

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