A new business partner, that is. Miss Moss is teaming up with her old Topshop crony, Sir Philip Green [She calls him "Uncle Phil!" -- Editor], and Mr. Got-Talent himself, Simon Cowell, to build a mega-fashion-entertainment empire. They’re talking a company big enough to rival that of Disney. While Moss won’t be ponying up any starter cash, her part in the deal is substantial, says the U.K.’s Daily Mail: “Kate has been signed as a figurehead and style setter for the fashion end of the business. She will bring her expertise to the table, advising on all branding and style for clothes, hair and accessories. She will also be involved in finding and signing new bands and promoting them. Something that has also been talked about is Kate developing her own singing career and starting a music label.” Now, who was it that said aging supermodels aren’t money-makers? Kate, at 35 years old, begs to differ. But bigger than Disney!? We’re kind of in awe imagining what this power threesome might be capable of. [Daily Mail]
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Returning to his couture doll clothing roots, fashion darling Jason Wu has designed a doll and clothed it in one of his Fall ’09 runway looks. Reminiscent of Barbie way back before she became so fond of hot pink and boobs, this bleached blond little number is a classy alternative to those slutty Bratz dolls. The marabou feather and spike-heeled wonder in plastic is available starting this week at Collette in Paris for 215 euros (that’s about $300). Get yours today! (Once they sell out, we predict serious Ebay value.) Or just stare at it on your computer screen and wonder if it’s weird that you’re jealous of a doll. [Style.com] Keep reading »
So apparently execs over at Target had an opportunity for The Blessed Ones–Serena and Blair, of course– to wear Anna Sui’s “Gossip Girl” inspired Target clothing line on the show, and they turned it down because the teen drama may be a little too racy for their tastes. In fact, they’re shying away from the “Gossip Girl” influences in Sui’s Fall ’09 diffusion line entirely.
According to The Daily News, “One of Target’s top executives got nervous about being that closely associated with the show, given the [debauchery] its characters get into.” Sure, drugging your friends (yeah, we’re pointing at you, Georgina), and screwing anything that moves (we’re pointing at you, umm, entire G.G. cast), isn’t exactly model citizen kind of behavior, but if this show has taught us anything, it’s that bad behavior doesn’t necessarily go hand-in-hand with dressing badly. Or um, something like that. [Ed Note: Also, it's just a freakin' TV show, right? Sheesh!] But what do you think? Is Target making a mistake by steering clear of “Gossip Girl” associations (and missing some mage promotion), or is their concern justified? [Daily News] Keep reading »
These days, I get more ideas about what to wear from watching people on the street or looking at blogs that document the clothes of everyday people than from looking at high-concept photo shoots in fashion magazines. The Washington Post has caught on to this trend and gone all Sartorialist on us by shooting videos around D.C. of attractive, well-dressed people talking about what they’re wearing for its “Scene In” series. Personal style is so hard to define and categorize, so the descriptions people come up with are pretty wild, i.e., “What inspires my style — India, Pakistan, the ocean, my mother, my great-grandmother, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mexico…” Watch the video, and you tell us: Do you prefer your style inspiration served up by celebrities and models in magazines, or real people on the street? [Washington Post] Keep reading »
Hey, did you hear? First Daughter Malia Obama made a totally radical and controversial political statement this weekend when she wore a t-shirt with a PEACE SIGN on it. GASP! The fact that this bothers some people, makes my head want to explode. Since when is the desire for peace, let alone the peace symbol, a bad thing? The peace sign certainly is a fashion statement, in addition to a symbol of an idealistic wish for the world. Show your support for Malia and spread your own message of peace with the items after the jump. Keep reading »
Korto Momolu didn’t win season five of “Project Runway,” but her handmade jewelry definitely stole the show. And now you don’t even have to be a top model to wear her designs, because she’s bringing the jewelry to the masses on her website. “I tried to do a follow-up on the few pieces that I got to show at Fashion Week,” said Korto to Tom & Lorenzo: Fabulous & Opinionated. “They’re very much Asian and African inspired and it’s a fusion between these two ethnic cultural backgrounds that I really love.” Check out a few pieces of Korto’s jewelry after the jump. Keep reading »
Keep the paparazzi away — or you know, avoid running into certain people on the street — with these chic, vintage-style Balenciaga sunglasses. The design was inspired by Cristobal’s archived sketches from the 1960s, the oversized panels are right on trend, and the gradating color makes them like, beyond. They’re available in lots of color combinations, but my fave is this orange, purple and grey combo, (oooh wait I also love the red, fuchsia, and brown!). The subtle yet poppy look makes them so perfect for summer, and they’ll totally work well into fall. Find them online for $330 at Balenciaga.
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There are several different types of love. There’s the sweet, calm love you feel for a pet, or the fire-in-your-pants love you feel for a romantic interest. And of course there’s friend love, which can sometimes be so consuming that the only way to express it is in a slightly aggro, clench-jawed way that says, “I love you, man. Okay? I f***in’ love you. There. I said it.” If that’s how you feel about your bestie, check out these cracked heart Best Friends necklaces by In God We Trust, which bring back the old-school charm without the sugarcoat. Now all you need to do is get drunk together, have a heart-to-heart, and hug it out. [$220 for set of two, Refinery29Shops.com] Keep reading »
The debate over burqas in France continues, and this time, it’s within the context of Paris Fashion Week. It’s been a few months since President Nicolas Sarkozy has made it clear that “burqas are not welcome,” and that he may move to ban them from the country. Yet when the couture shows began opening this year, contradictions came to light when some designers, like Adam Jones, showcased haute couture abayas and burqas. The idea of the burqa being a fashion item hasn’t been considered in the debate, which takes a more political stance. But apparently, there is a demand for such items, and France is one of the prime exporter of such designer headgear. Another couturier, Stephane Rolland said, “If someone tells me, ‘design an abaya,’ why not, I’m proud of that. It’s just a garment.” Just a garment might be a light way of putting things, but it does put the product in perspective as a commodity, exemplified by the existing boutiques that sell large quantities of high-fashion head scarves. Keep reading »
Meredith Viera’s list of crazy on-air antics must be at least as long and sordid as Kathie Lee Gifford’s, if not longer. (I’ll never forget the time she dissed a famous perfume expert and told him she didn’t “get” why anyone would buy a fine fragrance anyway, adding that she exclusively wears Jean (she pronounced it as “Gene”) Nate.) Anyhoo, this latest shenanigan is a low, even for her: During an interview in which consumer expert Janice Lieberman described deals people can get from police auction sites, Viera joked, “I can see all the NBC bean counters, all of my wardrobe is going to be from PropertyRoom.com, starting with [pointing to Lieberman] that ugly yellow dress.” ZING! After the audience gasped in horror, she “saved” the excruciating moment by screaming, “No, it looks cute on you. It looks cute on her!” Keep reading »