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Uzbekistan Warns Over 'Evil, Satanic' Rock Music

Uzbekistan's state television Monday issued an unequivocal denunciation of rock and rap as a Western liberal excess, saying the music is epitomized by sadism, drug addiction and immorality.

In a TV documentary called "Melody and Calamity" Uzbekistan's second main channel Youht TV raised alarm over "pernicious influence of Western rock and rap music approaching as dark clouds over the heads of Uzbek youth".

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Vivienne Westwood Takes a Royal Turn in London

You could be forgiven for thinking Vivienne Westwood had the royal wedding in mind when she designed her latest collection, themed on Lewis Carroll's mad queens and accessorized with crowns as hats.

But the Grande dame of British fashion said her Red Label's autumn-winter 2011 designs had nothing to do with the forthcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton -- and revealed she would not be dressing the bride.

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Anna Nicole Smith Opera Wows Critics in London

An opera on the tragic life of former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith premiered at London's prestigious Royal Opera House and was applauded by critics early Friday.

"Anna Nicole" charts the tumultuous life and death of the former glamor model who first hit the world's headlines in 1994 when she married 89-year-old oil tycoon J Howard Marshall.

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Designer Wraps NY Fashion Week in Fur

Fur is back in the fashion industry, but designer Gilles Mendel, latest in a French fur dynasty, never went away -- and now he's more in demand than ever.

At New York Fashion Week's Autumn-Winter 2011 show, Mendel is a star, the go-to man in a period when fur is back in demand, helped along by an especially cold winter.

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Malaysia Cancels Controversial Iranian's Concert

Malaysia has cancelled a concert by a singer dubbed Iran's Bob Dylan after an Islamic party argued Mohsen Namjoo's work was incompatible with Islam, media reports and his website said Wednesday.

The 34-year-old, whose music fuses traditional Iranian music with pop and jazz, was due to perform in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

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See-Through Dress that Snared Prince Up for Sale

A see-through dress that helped Kate Middleton catch the eye of husband-to-be Prince William is going under the hammer, auctioneers said Monday.

The transparent black number, worn during a charity fashion show at Saint Andrews University in Scotland, is expected to fetch up to £10,000 ($16,000, 12,000 Euros) when it goes on sale next month.

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Grammys Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin

The Grammy music awards show paid tribute Sunday to recovering soul legend Aretha Franklin, in a star-studded evening including performances by veterans Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan and Barbra Streisand.

Lady Gaga was among early acts at the three-and-a-half-hour show, appearing in inimitable style from an egg to sing "Born this Way," while other acts on the bill included Katy Perry, rapper Eminem and teen sensation Justin Bieber.

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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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