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Style Notes: Helen Mirren Donates Shoes to Charity Auction; Minions Descend on Baja East

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Helen Mirren, Absolutely Fabulous' Joanna Lumley Donate Shoes to Charity [Evening Standard]
Dame Helen Mirren, Dame Judi Dench and Ab Fab star Joanna Lumley are among the British actresses donating their shoes in the name of charity. The ladies each have donated designer kicks (including a pair of wedged sneakers from Mirren) to an online auction hosted on eBay, running from today through Sept. 14, the day before London Fashion Week officially kicks off. Proceeds benefit Evening Standard's Dispossessed Fund, which tackles "poverty, inequality and exclusion."

Baja East to Show Minions-Themed Collection [WWD]
They may only have one less-than-stylish uniform (goggles and blue overalls), but the Minions have been making a splash in the fashion world regardless. The yellow creatures serve as inspiration for new collections from Baja East, Linda Farrow and Ruthie Davis. The Baja East x Minions collection, which features a Minions-inspired palm print, will be shown at the brand's Sept. 9 show at New York Fashion Week and will be immediately shoppable ($195-$3,000) after the show on the brand's website and at its afterparty, as well as at select retailers next spring.

Bob Ross' Iconic Curls Actually a Perm ["Page Six"]
Say it ain't so. The signature curly nest of Bob Ross — host of the lovably cheesy '70s show The Joy of Painting — was actually a perm. Annette Kowalski, Ross' longtime business partner, revealed to NPR on Monday that the artist's bushy locks were permed because he believed they would be more manageable and less expensive that way. She also said that he wasn't necessarily a fan of his look: “He could never, ever, ever change his hair, and he was so mad about that,” she said. “He got tired of that curly hair.”

Loewe Debuts First Fragrance Under Jonathan Anderson [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
Loewe is debuting its first fragrance under Jonathan Anderson, who joined the label as the creative director in 2013. Called 001, the fragrance features two complementary scents, Man and Woman, which can be layered together to create a third scent. Packaging for 001 features photographic botanical artwork by Karl Blossfeldt, whose images also were found in Anderson's fall collection for Loewe. The fragrance is available on Loewe.com, as well as at Harrods and Barneys.

 

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CFDA and Diversity Coalition Lay Out Guidelines for Designers to Increase Runway Diversity [WWD]
The CFDA and the Diversity Coalition, which is headed up by former model Bethann Hardison, have released new guidelines and pointers for designers to follow during their casting practices in order to increase diversity at New York Fashion Week. The suggestions came in the CFDA's seasonal health-initiative letter, which also reminds designers to look out for signs of eating disorders. Some diversity pointers on the new list include asking modeling agencies to include models of color for castings ("do not assume agents will automatically do so") and requesting agencies scout more models of color in general.

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