Rapper-turned-designer Kanye West debuted his DW Fall/Winter 2012 line during Paris Fashion Week yesterday. Singer Alicia Keys and her music producer husband, Swizz Beatz; socialite Kim Kardashian, rap mogul Sean Combs and his concubine Cassie; rapper Common, actress Rosario Dawson, rapper-turned-Hasidic Jew, Shyne; and others sat in the front row at Kanye West’s runway showing Paris, France.

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Mariah and Nick Cannon were the picture of elegance at the Escape to Total Rewards Event at Gotham Hall in NYC last night. Mariah performed at her “Escape to Total Rewards” series, which included rock band Maroon 5 performing in Chicago, R&B singer Mary J. Blige singing in New Orleans, and Cee-Lo Green rapping in LA with Lil Wayne. It was Mariah’s first performance since giving birth to her twins. In an interview with US Weekly, proud poppa Nick said of his 10-month-olds, “They’re talking, and they’re singing! They love to sing a lot, and vibe with our music, so it’s great!”

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Rap producer Kanye West has conquered the world of music, but he’s having a little trouble convincing the world’s fashionistas to take him seriously as a designer.

Narcissists think very highly of themselves, but Kanye isn’t your average, run-of-the-mill narcissist.

Just to prove he’s the next Marc Jacobs, Kanye packed his things and moved to Europe — and he plans to stay there until the other fashion designers stop laughing at him behind his back.

Last week, Kanye debuted his DW collection during Paris fashion week. His designs, inspired by his late mother Donda West, barely evoked mention by the fashion critics. But the media did buzz about the shoes his models were wearing.

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Pseudo-singer Cassie is still on the public’s radar for some odd reason. She has only one hit record that we know of, which makes her a one-hit wonder. But she also has connections — mainly Sean “Diddy” Combs, who is insistent upon making Cassie a big star.

According to industry veteran JD Anderson of the LifeFiles.com, this is Cassie’s year to take the industry by storm:

For nearly a year we’ve got to watch as Cassie preps for what’s looking like the biggest year of her career, with a number of music, fashion, and commercial projects in the works. We’ve traveled with her to appear as a spokesperson for Carol’s Daughter, watched her record new music at Daddy’s House Studio, partied with her at NYC hotspot SL and even got a personal tour of her home closet.

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When singer Beyonce took her newborn infant Blue Ivy out for a stroll on Saturday, everyone noticed that she ditched her 6-inch heels for the comfortable lIsabel Marant Bekket Wedge suede sneakers from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The wedge heel sneakers are not as dangerous as they sound. The wedgies are safer and far more stable for post-pregnant women than pumps. And they retail for only $725.

Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio, who is pregnant with her 2nd child, was also spotted wearing the Isabel Marant wedge sneakers this week.

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^^^ That was the headline on People.com last night during the telecast of the 84th Annual Oscar Awards last night.

I was shocked and taken aback when I read that gratuitous headline.

The article went on to mention how “completely comfortable” Viola Davis looked wearing her own “rich reddish crop” of hair offset by the “emerald-hued Vera Wang dress and glamorous green earrings.” How shameful and embarrassing is it that in 2012 — with a black president occupying the White House — we as a human race make headlines for being “comfortable” wearing our own hair?

Offsetting her rich reddish crop with an emerald-hued Vera Wang gown and glamorous green earrings, Davis looked completely comfortable — and totally stunning — as she walked down the carpet to take her seat in the theater as a best actress nominee for The Help. Says the star of changing up her style, “It gives me flavor. It makes me feel like I’m spicing up my life a bit.”

Wow. She’s spicing her life up by wearing her natural hair? We should all bow our heads in disgrace at how far we’ve come.

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Welp, that didn’t take long. Actress Vivica A. Fox took a brief hiatus from the dating scene after her very public break up with her ex-fiance, local party promoter Omar “Slim” White. According to SPLASH News, Aunt Viv, 47, was spotted today in West Hollywood, leaving Taste restaurant after having lunch with an unidentified male companion. It looks like Aunt Viv has given up her preference for younger men with strong backs.

Vivica has such good taste for the finer things in life. We LOVE her Tori Burch bag and crushed suede boots!
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Smiling faces sometimes tell lies: Cartoon rapper Nicki Minaj put on a huge fake smile for the press at the MAC Viva Glam Party in NYC, yesterday. But the “Super Bass” singer was smiling through her pain after dumping her longtime boyfriend/hypeman, Safaree Samuel. The Trinidadian-born rapper is finding it difficult to navigate the waters alone without a shark man by her side for the first time since high school.
Photo: Hope Demarche / Splash News

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This post, originally written Feb. 16, 2012 @ 11:26 a.m., was edited to reflect the following corrections: “The blue suede shoe Nicki Minaj wore is a Giuseppe Zanotti Caged Sandal with a retail price of $1,150” ~ Boo Hill.