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Items Du Jour: Amanda Seyfried for Givenchy, Target’s Wedding Gown Line

Jessica Chastain at the Cannes Film Festival in Givenchy+ Already the face of one of their fragrances, actress Amanda Seyfried was tapped for Givenchy's Fall/Winter ad campaign, which also features Carine Roitfeld (who styled the ads) and her daughter Julia.

+ Speaking of Givenchy, beneath her Riccardo Tisci dress, Jessica Chastain wore matching Spanx in order to avoid becoming another actress at the Cannes Film Festival to experience an embarrassing crotch flash.

+ Helping out brides who want to wed on a budget, Target has announced a wedding dress collection priced between $99.99-$129.99, featuring an array of styles and cuts for sizes 2 through 28. The retail giant will also offer bridesmaids dresses in their online store.

+ Having already been at the center of a sexual discrimination lawsuit in Tokyo, Prada is now being pressued by The High Commissioner for Human Rights at the U.N. to cease its egregious practices against female employees.

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Louis Vuitton Named World’s Most Valuable Luxury Brand

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Fashion Designers, News,

Marc JacobsLouis Vuitton has been named the world's most valuable luxury brand.

The French fashion house - whose creative director is Marc Jacobs - took the title for a seventh consecutive year after being valued at $25.9 billion following a study based on analysis of company performance and consumer interviews conducted by global research company Millward Brown Optimor.

Louis Vuitton beat off competition from Hermes, which was second with $19.1 billion, and Swiss watchmakers Rolex were third with $7.17 billion.

"Luxury is seen as a good investment with people increasingly buying classic pieces rather than high fashion. Those who can afford it indulge, including young professionals who, increasingly unable to buy houses, are spending their disposable income on mid-tier luxury," Nick Cooper, managing director of Millward Brown Optimor, said in a statement.

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Miuccia Prada’s Apron

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Miuccia PradaMiuccia Prada loves aprons.

The Italian fashion designer says she gets a lot of her inspiration from the lives of everyday women and uses the tradition kitchen attire for her collections because it symbolizes the tough lives some females have to lead.

"I'm interested in the lives of women in general, which is why I love aprons. The apron is a recurring theme in my work because it is symbolic of women's sufferance. It's an emblem of women's despair, their poverty, their passions. I love drama and romance. It's one of the reasons why I love antique jewelry - I like to live the lives of other women."

Miuccia - who works for Prada and heads her fashion forward sister company Miu Miu - has previously said she often wears clothes she thinks are "appalling" and sometimes hates her own signature style: "I get passions, I have to wear something even if I know it's really appalling. It's all about the fantasy of the moment and for about 20 days it's all I want."

Jamie Bell Walks Runway For Prada

Jamie Bell, Adrien Brody, and Willem Dafoe for Prada

Jamie Bell has walked the runway for Prada's menswear show. Miuccia Prada - who has been at the helm of the Italian fashion house since 1978 - recruited some of Hollywood's hottest stars, including Jamie, Adrien Brody, William Dafoe and Gary Oldman, to model the Fall/Winter menswear collection at Milan Fashion Week.

Jamie, however, admitted the experience accentuated his insecurities about his looks and made him realize how "short" he actually is: "You suddenly see how short you are. You discover nervous twitches in your face you didn't know you had, and you don't know where to look."

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Mia Wasikowska to Front Miu Miu Campaign

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Mia Wasikowska for Miu MiuMia Wasikowska has replaced Hailee Steinfeld as the face of Miu Miu.

The Jane Eyre actress is set to star in the Spring/Summer 2012 campaign for the Italian fashion brand and the promotional shots - taken in London in December - will show Mia wearing black eyeliner, red lipstick and showcasing the latest designs along with accessories and handbags.

Hailee, 14, was recruited by Miu Miu in May but quickly ran into controversy when an image from her campaign was removed over safety concerns. The picture - taken by fashion photographer and film-maker Bruce Weber and showing the True Grit actress sitting on a train track while wiping away a tear - was blasted by the Advertising Standards Authority as "irresponsible" because it depicts a child in an unsafe location.

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Tobey Maguire Becomes the New Face of Prada

Tobey Maguire for Prada

Spider-Man actor Tobey Maguire is the new face of Prada menswear. The actor is seen in a number of outfits for the campaign, shot by David Sims, and he reveals he is happy to do it because he is in "admiration" of the brand's head Miuccia Prada.

"A great supporter of the arts, Miuccia Prada has inspired a culture of creativity that is woven through every aspect of her company, from her collections and campaigns to every design detail in her stores. I have such admiration for her artistry and I'm thrilled to be a part of Prada's fall campaign."

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Self-Conscious, Prada-Loving Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan in PradaCarey Mulligan hates wearing revealing clothes. The actress says she feels "self-conscious" when she wears outfits that are too short or tight and likes to don clothes she feels comfortable in.

"I don't like wearing tight things and I'm self-conscious about clothes that are too short. Doing the red-carpet stuff is intimidating enough, so I'm wearing a lot of Prada, as the clothes are a perfect shape for me, because I'm bottom-heavy. Or else, I wear unconventional things, because then it feels as if I'm putting on a costume."

As well as feeling nervous on the red carpet, Carey hates posing for photo shoots, saying, "I'm not great at having my photo taken, so I often look like I don't want to be there. Staring down the barrel of a camera feels quite unnatural."

The British beauty also refuses to bow to the pressure in Hollywood to slim down: "I don't want to look like an actor. I want to look like a normal person. Normal people don't go to the gym six times a week. After I had my appendix out, I went down to 50kg and I realized that my brain doesn't work when I'm that thin."

Dolce & Gabbana Think Weddings, Prada Lightens Up

Prada Spring/Summer 2011 put on a wedding dress-inspired collection in their Milan Fashion Week show yesterday.

The Italian designers sent models down the catwalk in see-through white lace pieces, with modesty guarded by Bridget Jones-style underwear.

The show was in complete contrast to ‘s collection, which saw a vibrant array of colored dresses and suits sashaying their way down the runway. Reds, oranges, dark greens and deep blues made up the majority of the outfits - as well as an unusual banana print - while voluminous arms seem to be a key-trend. They did, however, also have a selection of black dresses to satisfy their more traditional customer.

Kylie Minogue, Naomi Campbell and Jada Pinkett Smith were among the big-name stars in attendance at the Italian shows, taking in the likes of Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta and Fendi. Fashionistas will next be heading to Paris for the French capital’s runway shows, with collections from Gareth Pugh, Balenciaga, Lanvin, Christian Dior, Celine and Chanel all taking place this week.

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.

Quote of the Day: Miuccia Prada on Husband Patrizio Bertelli

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Fashion Designers, News, Rumors,

Prada and Bertelli

“He [Bertelli] says that we are snobs and that we don’t understand pop culture… He and I have a little rule of three. If he says something more than three times, then I need to think about it. Sometimes I don’t want to listen, but I do… We work hard. It’s always an intense relationship, and it’s exhausting having to work with him. But I admire and respect him… It’s a war in here every minute, and to be part of this company, you have to be trained.”

- Fashion designer Miuccia Prada on her husband and chief executive of Prada, Patrizio Bertelli

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