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Fashion Scoops: In The Cannes... Suite Time... YSL [Hearts] Paris

Karl Lagerfeld has been snapping up a storm, preparing for a major exhibition of photography in tandem with the Cannes film festival next month.

LILY ONLINE: Since starlet Lily Allen came to prominence via MySpace, it's fitting her debut fashion collection should have a cyber start, too. British High Street retailer New Look launched a Web site on Monday spotlighting Allen's inspirations for the line, which launches May 9, and a blog penned by the British songstress. And while she's going head-to-head with Kate Moss' debut effort for Topshop, which will bow May 1, Allen is eschewing the superslick look used by her celebrity stylist rival and opting for a more girlish approach. Sketches of dresses are pasted alongside a pink, padlocked journal, titled "Lily's Diary," which is adorned with hearts and skull and crossbones. Pieces include a red ruffled prom dress in floral prints; a strapless ruffled chiffon dress, and a floor-length sundress with Allen's song titles embroidered onto it. The collection, which will bow in New Look stores in the U.K., France, Dubai and Kuwait, among other markets, will retail from $24 for sneakers to $110 for a ruffled chiffon dress. Allen is also set to host a party May 8 at New Look's Oxford Street flagship to launch the line, at which she's rumored to perform a clutch of her hits.

HELPING OUT: African drumming and dancing kept the crowd, including Macy Gray and Mena Suvari, moving Thursday night at the MaxAzria boutique in Los Angeles, where jeweler Lori Leavitt launched a lion-themed Panthera Collection. All proceeds from the collection's silver and gold rings, cuff links and bracelets go to H.E.L.P. Malawi, a foundation to support children of the impoverished African nation. "The lion represents courage," said Leavitt. "We wanted everyone to understand what these kids are going through." Swaying to the drumbeats in a billowy green metallic dress from MaxAzria's fall collection, Lubov Azria praised Leavitt's commitment, but admitted she has never visited Malawi. Typically, she said, traveling for the Azria family is a spiritual quest. "We went to India to the missions, and my husband opened the first synagogue in China," she recounted. This summer, however, Azria has more domestic plans in mind: "I'm just spending time with my kids," she said. As if on cue, her daughter Chloe, on the opposite end of the packed woody store, implored, "Where's my mother?"
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