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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.

The designer – famed for introducing the rock and military inspired look to the label – has announced he will depart the French fashion house, which he joined in 2005 before being made creative director in November 2007, though his successor has not yet been named.

Gwen Stefani sees Rihanna’s look as more “sex-symbol” than “tomboy”. The ‘What You Waiting For’ warbler said singers like the Bajan beauty and ‘Born This Way’ songstress Lady Gaga are more willing to flash their flesh than she is. The fact that Gwen tends to wear clothes out rather than pieces of meat or next to nothing supports her claim.

Aerin Lauder is branching out alone by creating her own brand. Fashionistas should take note that the granddaughter of Estee Lauder herself – who founded the company in 1946 – and major shareholder in the cosmetics giant told WWD her price range will be “easy” luxury, for customers who want “things made simple”.

‘Gossip Girl’ actress Jessica Szohr has become the new face of Dove’s Ultimate Go Sleeveless deodorant. Photos of the ‘Piranha 3D’ star advertising the product have now been released and Szohr is also the main attraction of a Facebook campaign for the brand, reports. The initiative is aiming to encourage women to try the Dove deodorant – which the brand stated can enable women to feel the benefits of softer skin within five days – by offering people a chance to design a sleeveless top and win a trip to New York