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Protection doesn’t come cheap these days… Louis Vuitton-inspired condoms have been unveiled for $68 a pop.

The condom wrappers are printed with Louis Vuitton’s iconic brown monogram, and the condoms are embossed with the ‘LV’ logo.

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A celebrity fashion designer from the English town of Amersham is creating the world’s most expensive black diamond dress.

Valued at £3.5 million, the ultimate ‘little black number’ was designed by 30-year-old Debbie Wingham.

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Royal wannabes are thrilled with the news that Kate Middleton’s engagement blouse is back in stock at British clothing store Whistles.

Bride-to-be Kate Middleton wore the cream silk blouse – aptly called ‘Kate’ – in her engagement portrait with Prince William.

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Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone has announced he will be launching his own line of clothing and accessories based on his hit Rambo and Rocky films.

The ‘men’s lifestyle brand’, called simply ‘Stallone’, is expected to be launched in 2012.

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British supermodel Kate Moss delighted her fans when she appeared at a Boots store in Oxford Street, London yesterday to launch her sixth fragrance – ‘Vintage Muse’.

The 36-year-old spent an hour at the store signing bottles of the new fragrance and meeting fans who had queued outside to meet her.

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Shoe-lovers in London can finally stop checking their Blackberries and iPhones for status updates after one lucky fashionista won the race for a pair of free Jimmy Choo trainers.

Tina Saul, who has been following the trainers for the last three weeks on Foursquare and Twitter, managed to bag them for herself, beating hundreds of other competitors to the chase.

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Phillips-Van Heusen (PVH), owner of the Calvin Klein label, has agreed to buy fashion label Tommy Hilfiger from London-based Apax Partners in a $3 billion cash-and-stock deal to boost its presence in Europe and Asia.

The deal will make Phillips-Van Heusen one of the largest suppliers of menswear to U.S. department stores, and will keep Hilfiger founder Tommy Hilfiger in his role as principal designer for the popular clothing line.

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Hannah Cooper, the 20-year-old daughter of a lucky couple who won a £2.5 million jackpot three years ago, has used the inspirational win to design a dress that looks a million dollars — because it’s made of a million pounds.

She decided to print £20 bank notes on to silver silk — after asking the Bank of England for permission.

When the dress was finished, Hannah sat down and counted how much money was on it and found it came to over £1m.

She said: “Everyone knows that my family won the lottery and people always ask me about it.

“So I decided it would be fun to make a dress out of money. I had to get permission first because it is illegal to copy bank notes.

“But they were fine about it – although I did have to scale them down.”

Hannah, who is studying fashion at the University of Wales in Newport, added: “It was a lot of fun to make and the dress really does look expensive.”

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Nothing says glamour quite like a piece of clothing designed by the likes of Hubert de Givenchy and Valentino – and then worn by style icon Audrey Hepburn.

And now that timeless glamour is up for sale to the highest bidder, with some of the actress’ most famous dresses being auctioned next week in London and 50 per cent of the proceeds going to The Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund and Unicef.

There are more than thirty of pieces for sale, dating from the early 50s to the late 60s, including clothing, accessories and personal letters written by Hepburn during the period. Also included in the sale is a wedding dress she never wore, made for her marriage to James Hanson - which Hepburn called off weeks before it was set to take place.

After she had called off the wedding, Hepburn asked that the dress be given away “to the most beautiful, poor Italian girl you can find – someone who couldn’t ever afford a dress like mine” and the recipient – Amabile Altobella – wore it and kept it in her family until it was tracked down by the family of the dress’ creators, the Fontanas, in 2002.

Auction experts predict the sale could raise in excess of £100,000, because authenticated Hepburn pieces are rarely available on the open market. The pieces are currently part of a touring exhibition in Sotheby’s New York and Paris and will be exhibited at La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade on Pall Mall, London on December 6 before being sold on December 7 and 8 at the same venue.

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The red carpet was ablaze last Sunday as a host of celebrities set the trend by glamming it up in red gowns at the 61st Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

Blake Lively from Gossip Girl, Hayden Panettiere from Heroes, Debra Messing from Will & Grace, and Toni Collette – who won her first Emmy on the night for her role in the comedy series United States of Tara – were among the female celebs who opted to step out in various shades of crimson on awards night.

But although red was the colour of the night, pale and nude tones also played a starring role – echoing the trend for muted tones that have recently been emerging on the spring/summer 2010 catwalks – with Drew Barrymore, Rose Byrne and Cat Deeley all glowing in muted gold and rose tones. 
 
And it wasn’t just the ladies who went for a splash of colour at the 2009 Emmy Awards. Even some of the men at the ceremony chose to punctuate their suits with a dash of colour. Actor Alec Baldwin, nominated for best actor in a comedy for his performance in 30 Rock, sported a lavender tie, while actor Terry O’Quinn, from hit series Lost, wore a yellow tie to match wife Lori O’Quinn’s yellow gown.

“Black and white is pretty boring,” O’Quinn said.

“I think we’re evolving sartorially.”

Fashion director for InStyle magazine, Hal Rubenstein, described the evening’s tone as smart, but not overtly glamorous.

“There was a lot of smart, sleek, colourful looks, but not over-indulgent. Fashion isn’t in that kind of extravagant place right now,” Rubenstein said.

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