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'Les Miserables,' the Middletons, last-minute Christmas shopping

December 24, 2012|By Susan Denley
  • Helena Bonham Carter, center, lavishly costumed in "Les Miserables."
Helena Bonham Carter, center, lavishly costumed in "Les Miserables." (Universal Pictures )

One of the things I'm looking forward to on Christmas is "Les Miserables," The movie musical, which opens Tuesday, features lavish period costumes. But much more, of course. The cast and director recently talked with Los Angeles Times reporter Nicole Sperling about the film, and you can find the video at our Envelope Screening series.

Last-minute shopping? Consider one of the recently published fashion-oriented books. Alexander McQueen, Diana Vreeland and the clothes of the Titanic era are among the subjects. [Los Angeles Times]

Or, for more shopping inspiration, take a scroll though our photo gallery of beauty product sets. [Los Angeles Times]

Retailers are certainly hoping a lot of us will be shopping today. Despite efforts like opening stores on Thanksgiving Day to get us to spend more, the shopping season isn't living up to merchants' expectations. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Prince William and Duchess Kate are expected to spend Christmas with the Middleton family, where patriarch Michael Middleton has an annual tradition of popping up in some kind of costume to surprise everyone. So says Kate's sis, Pippa. [People]

Los Angeles designer Greg Chait has sailed just below the radar as he's built his brand of luxe handmade knits. But now with a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Award to his credit, that might change, our Adam Tschorn reports. [Los Angeles Times]


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