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Fashion Designer Lilly Pulitzer Dies

Carlo Allegri/Getty Images(PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Socialite and fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer known for her tropical print dresses died on Sunday morning, according to an announcement on the Lilly Pulitzer Company’s Facebook page.

“Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau passed away peacefully in Palm Beach, surrounded by family and loved ones,” the announcement read. “Lilly has been a true inspiration to us and we will miss her.”

“In the days and weeks ahead we will celebrate all that Lilly meant to us,” the statement continued. “Lilly was a true original who has brought together generations through her bright and happy mark on the world.”

Pulitzer’s fashion career started when the young New York City socialite opened a juice stand in Palm Beach. Her bright tropical print dresses were originally were meant to hide juice stains, but quickly became iconic prep symbols, notably worn by Jackie Kennedy.

Pulitzer is survived by her three children, Peter, Minnie, and Liza. She was 81.

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Oscars Fashion: Hollywood Glamour Shines on the Red Carpet

JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It was all about color on the Oscar red carpet Sunday night. The world's biggest stars strutted in colors ranging from pale pinks and hot reds, to light silvers, greys and metallics and everything in between.  Hollywood legend Jane Fonda went with canary yellow: the only look that could be seen from miles away.

Hairstyles were mostly in two categories: upswept, like Jennifer Lawrence and Amanda Seyfried, or down with a soft curl, like Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain.  Bucking the trend with short locks were Halle Berry, Charlize Theron and Anne Hathaway.  Those who went strapless mostly stayed away from necklaces, but the few who did adorn their swan-like necks went with a choker-style with the necklace part cascading down the back, the better to highlight the plunging backs on many dresses.

As for the guys, it was mostly standard tuxedos and bowties, with a few, like Channing Tatum and Dustin Hoffman, donning regular neckties. Daniel Day Lewis stood out, though, in a navy blue tux, as did Samuel L. Jackson, in a red velvet jacket and silver shirt.

SLIDESHOW: Stars Arrive on the Red Carpet

Here's a closer look at who wore what:

One of the best-dressed of the night was Jennifer Lawrence in white Dior Couture.  It was strapless with an enormous puffed-out bottom.  She also wore diamond globe earrings and a ring you could see from space, as well as a very fine necklace that draped down her back. Her hair was upswept and perfect.

Jessica Chastain chose a Giorgio Armani Prive strapless gown in salmon metallic with sequin beaded pattern.  It complimented her skin tone and hair, which was down in a soft wave. She wore big diamond hoops in her ears and a big bracelet, but no necklace.  Her mother, who was her date, sported black Michael Kors and Harry Winston jewelry.

Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis walked the carpet like a pro in navy Giorgio Armani with a matching shawl.  Her hair was up in pin curls, and she carried a purse that looked like a puppy.

Django Unchained star Kerry Washington wore a sleeveless Miu Miui gown with a hot red bottom and a bejeweled top, as well as a bow at the waist and a bit of a train: it was a little too much.

Jackie Weaver of Silver Linings Playbook was dripping in two million dollars' worth of Steven Webster diamonds: dangling earrings, a rock of a ring, and giant bracelet.

Helen Hunt, nominated for The Sessions, wore a navy blue satin strapless by -- believe it or not -- H&M.

                                 SLIDESHOW: Best and Worst Dressed at 2013 Oscars     

Django Unchained's Cristoph Waltz wore a navy Prada tux, with a white shirt, bowtie and hornrim glasses. Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell also wore a Prada tux.

Ben Affleck wore a standard tux with vest and bowtie; he sported a mustache and beard.  Hugh Jackman also wore a standard tux with bowtie; his wife Deborah also wore a tux, with a bustier underneath.

Robert De Niro wore a navy blue tuxedo; his hair looked uncombed.

George Clooney was in a tux with a bow tie and very full grey beard.

SLIDESHOW: Hottest Couples on the Red Carpet

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Designer Vera Wang Separates from Husband

Bennett Raglin/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Vera Wang, the fashion designer who has all but become the face of American weddings, is separating from her husband, Arthur Becker.

“Vera Wang and Arthur Becker have mutually and amicably agreed to separate,” Wang’s publicist said in a statement to ABC News. “They remain devoted parents to their two daughters.”

Wang, 63, and Becker have been married for 23 years. Her struggle to find a dress for their 1989 wedding — after months of searching, she commissioned a custom gown — inspired her to launch a line of wedding dresses. Becker advised Wang as her business grew from a Manhattan bridal shop into a global, multimillion-dollar brand, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

Wang has outfitted scores of celebrities for their weddings, including Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, and Chelsea Clinton.

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Making Cents of Kate Middleton’s Beauty Routine

Clive Brunskill/Getty Images(LONDON) -- She has the glossy hair, the flawless makeup and the perfectly manicured nails that always steal the show. Whether she’s courtside at Wimbledon, enjoying a royal concert or on the sidelines at a polo match, Kate Middleton always achieves the impeccable look worthy of the duchess title she claims.

So how does she do it?

While Middleton, 30, is known for mixing high-end designer fashions with frugal fashion picks from mass retailers like Zara and even recycling her clothes – wearing her favorite L.K. Bennett pumps down to the sole, literally – her clothing budget still rang in at $54,000 in just the first six months of 2012 alone.

When it comes to her beauty routine, Middleton’s mix of high and low doesn’t come cheap either.

First, there’s the hair.  At her favorite salon, the Richard Ward Hair and Metrospa in London, Middleton is said to make thrice-weekly visits for $75 blowouts.  Three visits per week for 52 weeks of the year comes out to a cool $11,700 for just straightening out her long, dark hair.  Add in the cost of cuts, color and treatment and the total for Middleton’s hair “do” reaches upwards of $18,000.

One thing not hidden behind Middleton’s shiny hair is her made-up face.  While the duchess favors a natural look, she doesn’t wake up looking flawless.

“She wears a long-lasting foundation with a little bit of powder,” makeup artist Arabella Preston, who helped style the duchess on her wedding day in April of last year told ABC News.  “She has a defined eye, black eyeliner, mascara and a relatively nude lip.”

“Always very polished,” Preston said of Middleton’s go-to look.

Assuming she refreshes her makeup essentials – concealer, tinted foundation, blush, mascara, lip gloss, eyeliner, moisturizer, eyeshadow and lipstick – three times per year,  that polished look costs Middleton a pricey $1,200, at least.

Beneath Middleton’s polished makeup is her flawless skin that she takes care of by using products from the Swiss brand Karin Herzog, the company’s managing director told  The duchess has also, according to the Daily Mail, tagged along with her mother-in-law, Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker-Bowles, to try the Bee Sting Facial from Deborah Mitchell that, if done monthly, would cost $3,120 per year.

Add in the costs of keeping her nails maintained for handshakes during all of her royal meet-and-greets – an estimated $3,500 per year –  and the cost of maintaining her literal royal glow – $2,800 per year on spray tans, according to Yahoo! Shine – and Middleton’s annual  beauty budget rises to nearly $30,000.

But a duchess can’t be expected to pose for royal portraits and be the subject of countless paparazzi photos without a perfect set of pearly white teeth.

For that, Middleton reportedly turned to British orthodontist Dr. Didier Fillion who closed the gap between her two front teeth using 3-D technology that, according to the Daily Mail, may have cost around $7,157 total.

So, when all is said and done, the price of being a duchess isn’t cheap.  The grand total is a whopping $36,300 to achieve the Kate Middleton royal glow.

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Jessica Simpson to Launch Bridal Line?

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(LOS ANGELES) -- Is bride-to-be Jessica Simpson creating a new line of bridal gowns?

A source close to Simpson told In Touch that Simpson plans to start her own line.

"A wedding line is something she's always wanted to do.  She is talented and knows what women want to wear," the source said.

Simpson's rep denies the report.

Simpson is busy as it is, with a newborn daughter named Maxwell to take care of, and a wedding later this year with fiancé Eric Johnson to plan.  Plus, she has a fashion empire that includes maternity wear, shoes, handbags, accessories, fragrances and dresses, among other items.

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Olsen Twins, Heidi Klum, Farrah Fawcett Among Time's Fashion Icons

Cindy Ord/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- What do Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have in common with Heidi Klum and Farrah Fawcett?  They are all included on Time magazine's list of the "All-Time 100 Fashion Icons."

The Olsen twins, who starred on Full House before becoming fashionistas, are mentioned for their many fashion lines, beginning with a Walmart line that debuted when they were just 12.  Time also notes that while they were in college they "popularized the 'boho chic' look with a layered mix of high- and low-end clothes, chunky jewelry and oversized sunglasses."

Klum is cited for her modeling career and her "serious business savvy" as host and executive producer of Project Runway

The late Farrah Fawcett is applauded for her trademark blond hairstyle on Charlie's Angels as well as the famous poster of her wearing a red bathing suit.

The Beatles, Gisele Bundchen, Cindy Crawford, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and Madonna are among the other celebrities on the list.

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Rihanna Lands UK Fashion Reality Show Deal

Jacopo Raule/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Not long after filming her movie debut in the upcoming action-adventure film Battleship, Rihanna is taking her talents to the small screen. She’s signed on to produce and appear in a new British television show in which fashion designers will compete to create outfits for musicians and other celebrities, according to British television network Sky Living, which will air the series this summer.  The winner will get the honor of crafting an outfit for Rihanna’s Barclaycard Wireless performance in London’s Hyde Park in July.

“I’ve always had a great love of fashion,” Rihanna told Sky Living.  “It’s a constant source of inspiration in my life, and is a big reason why I’ve grown into the person and artist I am today.”

The You Da One singer will have a major part in the casting process in addition to appearing on the show and serving as an executive producer.  British pop star Nicola Roberts will host the series.  There’s no word yet on whether the show will air on American television.

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Report: Kardashian Fashion Products Are Produced in Sweatshops

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Part of the Kardashian family's success has come from fashion lines they endorse.  Now, those lines are coming into question as a new Star magazine report, published on, claims some of them are being manufactured in sweatshops.

The magazine implies that items from the family's K-Dash by Kardashian, Kris Jenner Kollection and ShoeDazzle lines have been produced by Chinese sweatshops that utilize people -- some as young as 16 -- who work up to 84 hours per week, earning just $1 per hour.

also quotes an official with a human rights watchdog that the magazine says is investigating the Kardashians.

Charles Kernaghan, the executive director of the institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, is quoted as saying, “Not only are celebrities like the Kardashians taking advantage of these workers, they are holding hands with a government that spits on democracy and women’s rights.”

Kernaghan has since told that his comments were taken out of context and that his organization's investigation has turned up no evidence that the factories where the Kardashian items are produced are guilty of human rights violations.

Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner tells TMZ, "As far as I know the factories that are used to manufacture the Kardashian clothing and shoes have nothing terrible going on at all and the factories are very well policed and meet factory standards."

The family's rep denies the allegations to E! News.

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Fashion Designer Michael Kors Ties the Knot

Paul Warner/WireImage(SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.) -- Fashion designer and Project Runway judge Michael Kors wed his longtime partner, Lance Le Pere, in a beach ceremony in Southampton, New York, on Tuesday, according to Women's Wear Daily.

The pair met in 1990.

Same-sex marriage was legalized in New York earlier this summer.

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Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress: Fashion Expert Tim Gunn Weighs In

ABC/ HAZEL THOMPSON(LONDON) -- "This was a fashion orchestration," said Project Runway style guru Tim Gunn on the wardrobe selections Friday at Prince William and Catherine’s nuptials.

Gunn had nothing but praise for the newly named duchess of Cambridge, and her wedding dress. In describing her look, Gunn kept repeating the word "ravishing." When asked to expand on this, he said, "Simply, she took my breath away."

While Kate's wedding dress has been compared to the one worn by Princess Grace, who married Rainier III, the Prince of Monaco in 1956, Gunn said Kate's "couldn't have been more modern." Whereas Grace's dress had modest lace up to her chin, Kate's look was all opened up, revealing a demure bit of cleavage. It was "stunningly paired with the exuberance of the skirt," said Gunn.

Even though Kate's fashion eye is drawn to minimalism, she knew she had to sustain attention for a four-minute walk down the red-carpeted aisle of Westminster Abbey, which explained her full skirt and elaborate lace bodice.

Her sister, Phillippa "Pippa" Middleton, wore a simple column silhouette that reflected "what people thought Kate would look like," said Gunn. "Had that been on Kate, we would have been disappointed."

Gunn said some fashion experts would no doubt question Kate's dress design. "There will always be detractors at events on this scale."

But the clothing on view at Friday's royal wedding is sure to influence trends across the world, an exciting prospect for anyone interested in cultivating a current wardrobe. "I maintain," Gunn said, wrapping up the day, "it doesn't get any better than this."

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