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Lacroix Celebrates Allure of The Orient

The Orient has long held a fascination for westerners, conjuring up exotic images from historic lands where few travelers ventured before the advent of trains and steamboats.

As a child in the 1950s French couturier Christian Lacroix recalls the inscription on a monument in the port of Marseilles, "Gateway to the East" was enough to fire his imagination and later inspire his designs.

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NY Fashionistas Unveil 'Zero Waste' Clothing

Green is the new black at an environmentally minded New York design school at the start of Autumn-Winter Fashion Week.

Students at the Parsons The New School for Design have come up with "zero waste" fashion, a pun on the controversial popularity on catwalks of skeletal, zero-size models.

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Jagger, Streisand to Join Rising Stars at Grammys

Legendary rocker Mick Jagger and veteran diva Barbra Streisand will join rising stars and seasoned chart-toppers Sunday at the music industry's annual Grammys awards bash in Los Angeles.

Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and teen sensation Justin Bieber are also on a star-studded rosta of performers at the show, at which rapper Eminem hopes to seal a comeback year with a brace of awards.

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Meryl Streep Daunted at Prospect of Thatcher Role

Oscar winner Meryl Streep has undergone a dramatic transformation for her role as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a forthcoming biopic about her life called "The Iron Lady."

Streep has adopted Thatcher's trademark bouffant hairstyle, ruby-red lipstick and pearl earrings for her part in the film about Britain's longest continuously serving premier of the 20th century.

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Lohan to Be Charged With Stealing Necklace

Troubled U.S. starlet Lindsay Lohan is to be formally charged Wednesday with stealing a 2,500 dollar necklace from a jeweler store, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The actress, who is on probation after completing a court-ordered spell in rehab for drug addiction, admits she took the necklace from a Venice Beach store but claims it was only on loan.

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Egypt-Born Writer Chedid Dies in Paris

The Egyptian-born poet and novelist Andree Chedid, the grandmother of French rock singer Matthieu Chedid, died in Paris on Sunday aged 90, her publisher Flammarion said.

She was born into a Lebanese Christian family in Cairo in 1920 and was educated in Egypt and Paris before taking a degree in journalism at the American University in Cairo.

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The Black Eyed Peas Underwhelm Super Bowl Halftime

The superstar had only a brief cameo in the showcase, but his tightly choreographed moves and acrobatics marked the brief exhilarating moment of a surprisingly stale medley from the normally frenetic headliners, the Black Eyed Peas.

The Super Bowl performance was arguably the biggest stage yet for the quirky quartet, whose fusion of pop, dance and hip-hop have made them global superstars. But in the massive Cowboys Arena, the group appeared to be as stiff as frontman "will.i.am's" plastic hair hat.

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US comic book to depict British royal romance

A U.S. publisher is to produce a comic book about the romance of Britain's Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton, timed to mark their upcoming wedding .

"Fame: The Royals" is described as a "behind-the-curtain look" at the royal couple, who are to wed in London's Westminster Abbey on April 29.

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J-Lo at Obama Super Bowl Party

Actress and music diva Jennifer Lopez will top the bill at U.S. President Barack Obama's annual Super Bowl party on Sunday, as the Green Bay Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers for the NFL championship.

J-Lo will be joined by husband Marc Anthony at the White House party, also featuring top officials including Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a senior U.S. official said.

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Farrah Fawcett's Red Swimsuit Now a Museum Piece

The red swimsuit that Charlie's Angels star Farrah Fawcett wore in her iconic 1976 poster has joined president Abraham Lincoln's top hat and Superman's cape at a Smithsonian Institution museum in Washington.

The one-piece suit, along with an original copy of the poster of Fawcett beaming at the camera, were among half a dozen "Farrah" objects donated Wednesday to the National Museum of American History by Fawcett's long-time partner actor Ryan O'Neal and her nephew Greg Walls.

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