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Fashion News: Jessica Simpson, James Franco + More

Today in Fashion News: Jessica Simpson will be a mentor on Fashion Star. Meanwhile, James Franco photographed an Elle shoot.

Fashion News: Jessica Simpson, James Franco + More• Singer and designer Jessica Simpson has signed a deal to be a mentor on the new fashion reality show, Fashion Star, which is set to be hosted by Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson. [E! Online]

• British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman has joined the debate about prejudices within the fashion industry. [Mail Online]

• Anna Wintour delivered a five-word speech at the Webby Awards last night: “Sometimes geeks can be so chic.” [Fashionista]

• Shoe designer Brian Atwood’s diffusion line, B Brian Atwood, is expanding to include bags and jewelry. The line will hit stores in August. [WWD]

• Céline is reissuing six of Phoebe Philo’s designs for the label this July. [NY Times]

• Actress and former Chanel muse Estella Warren could face up to six months in prison, following her arrest last month. [Vogue UK]

• Despite a cease-and-desist letter against her from retail chain Forever 21, blogger Rachel Kane is not planning to shut down her blog, [NY Mag]

• Actor James Franco shot British model Agyness Deyn for a story that will run in Elle’s July 2011 issue. [WWD]

• Jimmy Choo is celebrating its 15-year anniversary by launching a capsule collection, a charitable foundation focused on women’s issues, and a coffee-table book that traces its history. [WWD]

• Alber Elbaz has unveiled his debut childrenswear collection for Lanvin. [NY Mag]

• To celebrate Prabal Gurung’s first resort collection, which launches this week, Gurung has teamed up with hip-hop star Rye Rye on a fashion-driven music video called “New Thing.” [Stylelist]

• Actor Tobey Maguire is Prada’s new menswear campaign face for fall 2011. [Fashionista]

• Meanwhile, Prada, which is seeking to raise up to $2.6 billion through a Hong Kong IPO, has reportedly generated five times demand for its offer. [Reuters]

• Simon Doonan, the creative ambassador at large for Barneys New York, has just inked a deal to publish a diet book called Gay Men Don’t Get Fat. [Eater]

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