News Brief: Why Amal Clooney Champions John Galliano, Gwyneth Paltrow Outlines Beauty Plans

And North West wore Balmain to ballet class.
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And North West wore Balmain to ballet class.

These are the stories making headlines in fashion this afternoon.

North West's Balmain ballet class outfit
Proud mom and preeminent humblebragger Kim Kardashian Instagrammed an inarguably adorable photo of little North West in her ballet best yesterday. But unlike other tots headed to dance class in Danskin, little Nori was clad in a custom Balmain tutu and matching double-breasted blazer. Naturally. {Instagram}

Why Amal Clooney wore John Galliano for Maison Margiela twice
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney got people talking when she opted to wear John Galliano's designs for Maison Margiela to two high-profile events this year: the Met Gala and her hubby George Clooney's Tokyo premiere of "Tomorrowland." Turns out the reason behind her controversial sartorial selections is quite simple. Mrs. Clooney sometimes does seek the help of a stylist, Alexis Roche — and he happens to be Galliano's long-term partner (and Kendall Jenner's stylist).  {Yahoo Style}

Gwyneth Paltrow plans to enter the beauty business
Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow has big plans for the near future, including a makeup collection in partnership with Juice Beauty, plus a skincare line, coming in 2016. Both will be available on Goop.com, of course. {Business of Fashion}

Lena Dunham and models dress up for Taylor Swift party
Taylor Swift threw a house party Thursday night, as NYC-based 2o-somethings are wont to do. The "Bad Blood" singer's guest list was unsurprisingly packed with her supermodel friends, including Karlie Kloss and Gigi Hadid, wearing their off-duty best. Lena Dunham and boyfriend Jack Antonoff were also snapped by the crowd of paparazzi outside her door. {Daily Mail}

Who's actually paying the cost of cheap fast fashion
Andrew Morgan's eye-opening documentary, "The True Cost," investigates the consequences of $1.99 t-shirts at Forever 21 and $9.99 jeans from H&M. While the film can be difficult to watch at times, it's a strong tool to help us become responsible and educated shoppers. "I don't want anyone to walk away from this film and think less of fashion," Morgan said at the screening. "The True Cost" is now playing in select cities. {Fashionista}

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