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Obama merch rakes in $40 million, tattoo artist sues over 'UFC Undisputed' video games and more


From Beyonce-designed baby onesies to designer T-shirts and tote bags, sales of items from the Runway to Win collection raised $40 million for President Obama’s campaign fund. [Time]

Tattoo artist Chris Escobedo is suing the makers of the UFC Undisputed video games, claiming that the unauthorized use of his ink art constitutes copyright infringement. [THR]

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West rolled up to Thanksgiving dinner in matching matte black vehicles. [Daily Mail]

Say hello to my new vacation home. The California villa where director Brian de Palma shot Scarface is available to rent for $10,000 a week. [Pursuitist]

The Battle of the Barbies has a new contender. Watch out Bella and Katniss, Mattel’s new Elizabeth Taylor doll has arrived! [Style Watch]

Apple’s Black Friday sale is live! [Mashable]

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Lady Gaga costumes on auction, Sasha and Malia Obama's election night style details and more


Lady Gaga’s costumes have officially hit Julien’s Auction block. Among the items for sale: the clear mask pictured above that she wore during her 2010 Monster’s Ball tour, created by Franc Fernandez (the designer behind her infamous meat dress). [MTV Style]

President Barack Obama won the national vote, but first (young) ladies Sasha and Malia were arguably the biggest style stars of election night. Get the details on their vibrant looks. [People Stylewatch]


Michelle Obama's Election Night style, YSL biopic taps Chanel model for leading role and more

A victory for President Barack Obama cements four more years of Mrs. O’s style! First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated reelection on stage last night in a Michael Kors dress she’s worn twice before. [People Style Watch]

A forthcoming biopic about designer Yves Saint Laurent  snags French actor and Chanel model Gaspard Ullied to play the lead. [WWD]

Your next bed could have been sketched by Brad Pitt: the actor is creating a range of designs alongside furniture maker Frank Pollaro. [Architectural Digest]

Tonight: Snooki’s hawking a new perfume and a 3-piece nail polish set, which appropriately includes a shade called “Orange You Tan,” on HSN. [Huffington Post]

She may be all about The Voice, but Christina Aguilera’s plaits and pink extensions left parts of the Internet speechless. [Daily Mail]

These 10 ‘high tech’ gadgets were once the stuff of James Bond films; now they’re readily available. [A.V. Club]

Celebrity photographer duo Markus+Indrani are releasing a 200-plus page book, Icons: The Celebrity Exposures of Markus and Indrani. The cover features an anime-eyed Lady Gaga. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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How Beyonce sparked an Obama jewelry craze... even in the swing states!

With just a few more days until the presidential election, Beyonce has made another show of support for President Barack Obama… and sparked a new political jewelry trend.

After helping to raise approximately $4 million for the president’s re-election — by co-hosting a fundraiser with husband Jay-Z — and doing her part to get the next generation on board by designing an election onesie, the singer recently got her political message out thanks to a pair of door knocker “Obama” earrings.

Now the Erika Peña-designed danglers are flying off the shelves, and the designer says she has Beyonce to thank for the stimulus effect.

“I had only sold 5 pairs, then Beyonce wore them and sales [spiked] overnight,” says Peña, who has sold 1,300 pairs since the star was spotted wearing hers on Oct. 21. “We’re almost sold out!”

How did Beyonce get her hands on the ‘Obama’ bling? READ FULL STORY

Mitt Romney, underwear model?

Ever since Bill Clinton told MTV in 1994 that he was “usually” a briefs man, the “boxers or briefs” question has worked its way into our political discourse. (It’s your own fault, America!)

Last Friday, Michelle Obama fielded a question about her husband’s intimate apparel during an appearance on Live! With Kelly and Michael. When asked whether she prefers to see the President in boxers or briefs, the First Lady joked, “Uh, uh… none of the above! Just kidding…”

Live! hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan also broached the subject with Mitt Romney during his appearance on the show last month. Romney’s reply; “I think the best answer is as little as possible.” Though the Republican candidate didn’t reveal his signature underwear style, a website is using his image to peddle a new line of religious skivvies.  READ FULL STORY

Michelle Obama and Ann Romney's campaign styles, Princess Di's wedding cake and more

Sure, fashion isn’t one of the important issues, but it’s still fun to see how Michelle Obama and Ann Romney are spicing up the campaign trail with their style. [USA Today]

Star stylist Racel Zoe  has inked a deal to executive produce a half-hour, semi-autobiographical comedy series for NBC. We’re already imagining what the wardrobe closet will look like!  [The Hollywood Reporter]

A 31-year-old piece of cake from Diana Spencer and Prince Charles’s 1981 wedding is estimated to fetch between $600-$800 when it goes up for auction next month. [Huffington Post]

At least one of Victoria’s Secrets is out! An employee accidentally revealed the name of the model who will wear the $2.5 million diamond bra in the lingerie brand’s annual fashion show. [NY Post]

Graffiti artwork created by members of Coldplay will be auctioned off to raise funds for Kids Company, a London-based charity for at-risk youth. [Coldplay]

Elvis has left the building… and now it’s up for sale. [CBS]

The Batman Suite at the Eden Hotel in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan looks cool, but I’d like to know why it rents by the hour. On second thought, no I wouldn’t. [Pursuitist ]

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Beyonce's designer baby onesies and more campaign couture for Obama


Beyoncé — along with husband Jay-Z — may have helped raised $4 million for President Obama’s re-election campaign at last night’s $40,000-a-ticket fundraiser, but she’s not stopping there.

Along with her mother, Tina Knowles, the singer-actress-designer has unveiled a set of pro-Obama baby onesies under her House of Deréon label.

Giving new meaning to the words “rock the vote,” the 3-pack of cotton undershirts (which retails for $65) is among the latest products added to the Runway to Win campaign collection, which launched last February. READ FULL STORY

Rose Byrne: Fashion Week is 'not that different' from the Democratic National Convention

In just over 48-hours, Rose Byrne went from taking in the stumping at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina to taking in the stomping at New York Fashion Week.

“This is madness!” the actress told EW as she surveyed the scene at Lincoln Center just before the start of designer Jill Stuart’s spring 2013 show. “[Fashion Week] is always so fascinating, it’s like a circus.”

So which event gets Byrne’s vote for having the most outrageous outfits: the DNC with its flair-loving politicos or NYFW’s often over-the-top fashionistas?

“It’s really weird, it’s actually not that different. I mean it is different, but it was as chaotic there as it is here, in a way.”

The actress also talked about her own personal style, including the skin-revealing trend she’s finally worked up the courage to try and her biggest fashion faux-pas. READ FULL STORY

The Top 10 Flair Trends at the 2012 Democratic National Convention


No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, the political conventions are about more than just politics. Last week we delved into hats, leis, Beanie Babies and more style trends from the RNC, now we turn our attention to the best flair at the Democratic National Convention.

NEXT: Red, white and blazer?

Tracy Reese: 'Seeing the First Lady in one of my designs was a truly extraordinary moment'

First Lady Michelle Obama gave a speech and made a fashion statement at last night’s Democratic National Convention — and both were equally well received.

“I found out Mrs. Obama was wearing one of our designs when she stepped out on stage to make her beautiful speech,” designer Tracy Reese tells EW. “In the midst of [New York Fashion Week] preparations, seeing [her] in one of my designs was a truly extraordinary moment.”

While fans of the FLOTUS’ style can buy the J. Crew “Evelyn” kitten heels ($245) she wore last night, Reese, a Detroit native who launched her NY-based collection in the ‘90s, says the dress is a one-of-a-kind. “This particular fabric is a rich Italian silk jacquard in a great formal design,” the designer says of the frock. READ FULL STORY

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