HERRERA RISES TO THE TOP: Carolina Herrera tops the list of Modern Bride's 25 leading trendsetters this year. Renowned chef Daniel Boulud and high-flying British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson will also be toasted at the magazine's May 9 awards ceremony at the New York Palace Hotel. Branson's Virgin Galactic is testing flights just out of the Earth's atmosphere — new territory for more adventuresome brides-to-be. J. Crew's senior vice president of women's design, Jenna Lyons, also made the cut on this year's list by spearheading the brand's bridal launch. Designers Lela Rose and Nicole Miller will be among those doling out the awards. Wedding scene setter Antony Todd, celebrity cinematographer Paul Korver, wedding planner Mary Micucci, DJ Donna D'Cruz, culinary queen Abigail Kirsch and makeup artist Kimara Ahnert will also be honored. Chris Madden, who designs a home collection for J.C. Penney, one of the event sponsors, will present Modern Bride's first Loving Spirit Award to the I Do Foundation, an organization that encourages engaged couples to line up wedding-related charitable giving. The Bacon Brothers, aka Kevin and Michael Bacon, will play.
J&J IN CHINA: Johnson & Johnson has acquired the Chinese skin care firm Dabao for 2.3 billion yuan, or almost $300 million at current exchange rates, according to news reports in China. The deal was said to have been made on March 27. Dabao, which makes value to midpriced items, will maintain its proprietary brand, a published report said. Johnson & Johnson spokesman Jeffrey Leebaw said the company "does not comment on speculative reports."
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"