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VIVIENNE AT THE RACES: Is Dame Vivienne Westwood, the punk princess who famously refused to wear knickers when she received official honors from the Royal Family, embracing the establishment? Late last year, she dressed the Duchess of Cornwall, and now she’s collaborating on the latest campaign for Royal Ascot, a major event in the British racing calendar which Queen Elizabeth II, her family and friends attend. Shot by Finlay MacKay, the campaign features model Marta Berzkalna wearing a series of Westwood Gold Label gowns and Stephen Jones hats. “Royal Ascot is a British institution for showing off clothes, and I like the idea of a group of people gathered together,” said Westwood. The campaign was shot on location at a stud farm in Gloucestershire, England. Westwood — and other British designers — will also take part in a fashion show at Royal Ascot, which runs from June 16 to 20.

RINGMASTERS: Last week Cynthia Rowley had her turn and, today, Carmen Marc Valvo plans to ring Nasdaq’s opening bell to celebrate fashion week. While Rowley had a dozen staffers on hand for moral support, Valvo recruited hair stylist Ted Gibson and makeup artist Vincent Longo.

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