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Exclusive: The Most Dramatic 'Bachelor' Style News … Ever

Jan/28/2013 at 04:00 PM ET

Chris Harrison Bachelor ClothesTommaso Boddi/Wireimage

Bachelors come and go, but one constant remains: the show’s unflappable host Chris Harrison and his reliably dapper wardrobe. And since we’re always excited to see what he’ll wear next on the show, it didn’t surprise us to learn that people constantly ask him where he gets his outfits.

What did surprise us? The fact that Harrison is launching his own clothing line — a fact he shared with us exclusively when he visited the PEOPLE offices last week.

“I think there’s a huge market there for guys like me, who aren’t going to be wearing the ridiculous Ed Hardy stuff — we’re too old for that garbage — but at the same time, we don’t want to look like a slouch,” he says. “I like dressing up, but at the same time, I want to go pick up my kids from school and not look like a goofball.”

He plans to channel that passion for stylish, relatable clothing into the Chris Harrison Collection by Da Vinci, a partnership with his designer pal Christopher Wicks, whom Harrison calls “a genius.”

It’s a logical next step for the man who calls himself “a clothes hound — as much as you can be for a straight guy.” Harrison says he takes a lot of pride in the Bachelor wardrobe he puts together with the show’s stylist Cary Fetman, particularly noting his affinity for ties, vests and watches. “People come up to me saying, ‘Dude, I like what you wear, I like what you’re doing,'” he says of his style, “so I’m like, ‘Hey, let’s do our own [line].'”

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Exclusive: See 'Bachelor' Winner Helene Eksterowicz's Engagement Ring!

Jan/23/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

Helene Eksterowicz Engagement RingCourtesy Helene Eksterowicz

She may not have found true love during her time on The Bachelor in 2002, but Helene Eksterowicz certainly has now.

The winner of the second season of the hit ABC show, which starred bachelor Aaron Buerge, is engaged to her boyfriend, Andrew Goodman.

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Did Katie Leave 'The Bachelor' Because of Her Hair?

Jan/15/2013 at 11:30 AM ET

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We know, we know, but stick with us.

So last night on The Bachelor, there was some drama when contestant Katie decided to leave the show. The 27-year-old yoga instructor from Woodstock, Ill. (who showed up on last week’s premiere sans shoes) seemed out of her comfort zone, and prior to the rose ceremony, told bachelor Sean Lowe she was outta there.

According to NYU sociologist Dr. Anna Akbari, whom we called upon last week to offer expert commentary, Katie might have left because she doesn’t have long, straight hair.

“All the girls have long, below-the-shoulder hair, except for one, Brooke,” Akbari tells PEOPLE. “This type of traditional femininity is the rule and the norm on The Bachelor — there doesn’t appear to be much room for androgyny or ‘edginess.'”

Curly-haired Katie, who declared “I don’t fit in” during a group date on Monday night, may have “felt like an outsider amongst the seas of smooth blowouts,” Akbari continues. “Perhaps sensing her aesthetic incompatibility — which may have linked with some intrinsic differences — Katie did not wait for the rose ceremony [to leave].”

Sure, it’s slightly shallow — but could it be true? Tell us: Why do you think Katie left? Could it, subconsciously, have to do with outward appearances? 

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'Bachelor' Sean Tells Us How He Really Feels About His Female Suitors' Style

Jan/07/2013 at 10:00 PM ET

Bachelor Sean LoweKevin Foley/ABC

If you’ve ever watched The Bachelor, you know that the show comes with a big helping of questionable styles. There are sequins and sparkles galore, high slits, plunging necklines and pretty much everything else your mother told you never to wear.

So how did this season’s new bachelor, Sean Lowe, feel about his ladies’ looks on Monday night’s all-important first episode? Let’s just say, when PEOPLE asked him about one dress in particular, his response was, “Oh, crap.” (Sounds like it’s gonna be a good season!)

We also asked Dr. Anna Akbari, a sociologist at New York University and the founder of Closet Catharsis and SociologyofStyle.com (and a Bachelor fan!), to weigh in on the ladies’ looks. Interestingly, she was quite struck by return contestant Kacie B.’s ensemble.

“She was the only woman to wear a short dress, thereby differentiating herself from the masses,” Akbari points out.  “Kacie’s look was a far cry from the sweet, flowing gowns worn by the other women, sending the message, ‘I’m different,’ and ‘Watch out. I could be dangerous.'” Based on that analysis, we’ll be interested to see if her claws do in fact come out this season.

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All About 'Bachelorette' Ashley & J.P. Rosenbaum's Wedding Rings!

Dec/05/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

Ashley Hebert, J.P. Rosenbaum Wedding Courtesy Neil Lane (4); Victor Chavez/Getty

Neil Lane wants to make one thing clear about newlyweds Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum: “Seriously, J.P. and Ashley are so in love,” the celebrity jeweler tells PEOPLE of the Bachelorette season 7 stars. “Say what you will about reality TV, this is real-life love and they’re in this forever!”

So what better way to celebrate such affection than with some serious wedding bling? “We wanted to do something very special for their bands and all of Ashley’s wedding jewelry,” says Lane, who also designed Hebert’s 3.5-carat, central cushion-cut engagement ring (above) for Rosenbaum’s May 2011 proposal. “All three of us worked together on the bands over the last month and for Ashley, we created a design for a handmade, platinum band with French-cut diamonds in the middle section bordered by round diamonds on the side (above).”

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Exclusive: All About Blakeley Jones's 'Dream Come True' Engagement Ring

Sep/11/2012 at 11:00 AM ET

Bachelor Pad 3 Engagement RingCourtesy Neil Lane; Inset: ABC

When single dad Tony Pieper got down on one knee during Monday night’s Bachelor Pad 3 finale and proposed to fellow contestant Blakeley Jones, it was a show-stopping happy ending for the once unlikely pair.

In front of a giddy live audience, Jones, a 34-year-old esthetician whose heart was broken earlier in the season by Pad finalist Chris Bukowski, was all smiles when Pieper surprised her with a 2.5-carat Neil Lane diamond ring.

“Blakeley was totally shocked and so happy,” Lane tells PEOPLE exclusively. “All Tony wanted to do was please her and give her the ring of her dreams.”

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Exclusive: All the Details of Emily Maynard's Engagement Ring!

Jul/24/2012 at 04:00 PM ET

Bachelorette Engagement RingABC; Inset: Courtesy Neil Lane

When jeweler Neil Lane landed in Curacao for The Bachelorette finale, he carried with him six handmade engagement rings.

“All of them had elements that were inspired by Emily,” Lane tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I had met with her a number of months ago just to get a sense of her style, of her personality. I designed six rings with Emily in mind but you know what? I really concentrated on this one particular ring and I hoped Jef would see it too.”

Turns out, Holm did just that, and on Sunday night’s finale, the Utah-based entrepreneur proposed with Lane’s favorite, a 3.5-carat emerald-cut handmade sparkler accented with 87 smaller round-cut diamonds.

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