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‘The Hills’ star Lauren Conrad has launched her own beauty website. I can think of far worse-looking people to help readers learn how to create their favorite hair and make-up trends than the former ‘Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County’ star, who has teamed up with her hairstylist Kristin Ess and make-up artist Amy Nadine for the thebeautydepartment.com project.
Pharrell Williams has joined forces with Kiehl’s to design a World Earth Day bag. The N.E.R.D rapper – who recently featured on a Gucci Mane track called Haterade alongside Nicki Minaj – put his ideas forward for a Limited Edition Eco-Tote, which is made from Bionic Yarn technology, in order to raise money for the eco-friendly project. The ‘Frontin’ hip-hop star’s complimentary bag is available for Kiehl’s shoppers who take part in the ‘Recycle and Be Rewarded’ scheme, which customers can become a part of by recycling their jars, tubes and bottles at stores from April to June
Dolce and Gabbana have launched a T-shirt design contest with Kylie Minogue. Fans are asked to design a T-shirt inspired by the ‘All the Lovers’ singer’s ‘Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour’ with the winning design being worn by the star at a photo shoot.
Jennifer Garner is a firm believer in “healthy beauty”. The ‘Arthur’ actress was recently named as the face of Neutrogena in the UK and revealed she loves the skincare range because she is careful about protecting her face from environmental hazards.
Kate Middleton’s wedding hair will be styled by London-based hairdresser James Pryce. The 33-year-old stylist works for the Richard Ward salon in Chelsea and he will work on her brunette locks on the morning of her wedding to Prince William on April 29. His boss Richard will style the hair of both Kate’s mother Carole and sister Pippa, who is the maid of honor
Christian Louboutin’s shoe designs are set to be used by Bella Freud. Christian said he was delighted when the fashion designer – who has been friends with the footwear legend for more than 20 years – approached him about having his designs on a capsule collection of her knitwear.
Fergie has launched her second fragrance Outspoken Intense. The Black Eyed Peas singer has created a follow-up to her first scent Outspoken with make-up brand Avon, and she explained she wanted to add a little more “edge” to the perfume this time around.
Kanye West is to design a scarf range, based on his album images. The ‘Stronger’ rapper has been inspired by his 2010 album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’, and why stop with scarves when there is a whole world of fashion out there waiting for Kanye’s magic touch. He is starting off small, as just 250 scarves will be made for Parisian company M/M based on five of the ‘Heartless’ singer’s designs
Christian Louboutin has collaborated with Bella Freud on a capsule collection of knitwear. The footwear legend has created a series of shoe sketches which the fashion designer plans to incorporate onto knitted dresses and jumpers she has designed. Christian said: “I have always loved Bella’s jumpers, so I couldn’t have been happier when she asked me to give her designs which, Bella thought, would look great once knitted.” Bella – who has been friends with Christian for over 20 years – explained she has always admired his sketches and has wanted to use them in her designs for some time.
Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie has created a second Avon fragrance, with more “edge”. The ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ crooner revealed her Outspoken Intense scent – which contains a blend of blackberry, star fruit and passion flowers – will give people an “electrifying rush – a feeling like no other”.
Claudia Schiffer and Roland Mouret have joined the judging panel of this year’s Fashion Fringe. The supermodel and designer will join other big names in the fashion industry to help select a winner for the scheme, which every year finds an up-and-coming designer and awards them with the means to launch their own label and display their collections at London Fashion Week for two seasons. Claudia said: “I have watched Fashion Fringe grow from strength to strength over the past few years, and am delighted to be able to add my support this year.
Gwen Stefani says having her own personal hair stylist is “the luxury of my life”. While the No Doubt singer doesn’t trust anyone else to do her make-up, she admitted she loves being pampered by having her hair done and regrets not getting her own hairdresser for when she is on tour sooner.