12-Year-Old Designer Is Proof Our Culture Has Gone Very, Very Wrong

  • Precocious-in-the-bad-way tween “designer” Cecilia Cassini, who sells $500 dresses, says she took “like, three” sewing classes, but quit because her teacher was “like, rude.” We have a feeling one day soon Cassini will be horribly embarrassed of all this.


  • Karl Lagerfeld lost a “four-inch-long brooch covered in diamonds” at a party. But practically before he even noticed it was gone, the most honest man in fashion, photographer Neil Rasmus, saw the brooch on the floor and handed it in to security. Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour thanked him personally. [P6]
  • Lagerfeld doesn’t use computers and things — because he has people to do stuff like that for him, silly, and also because, “I use my brain and it’s up to me to imagine — I don’t want to have ready-made images. I want to see images of my imagination.” Nonetheless, he thinks Facebook gets it right where it counts — it looks good. “Facebook is a flawless object … it’s for me like a Brâncuşi.” [Business of Fashion]
  • Elle China shot that Miu Miu dress — the one that’s already been on eighty-seven covers — for a cover with Fei Fei Sun. Really? [Fashion Gone Rogue]
  • An ad for Beyoncé‘s perfume “Heat” has been banned from U.K. daytime television for being too sex-ay. [Daily Mail]
  • CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awardee and Louisiana native Billy Reid says his mom got him interested in fashion. “She had a women’s boutique when I was growing up called T.J.’s for Her. It was in my grandmother’s old house, and I can only best describe it as Steel Magnolias set in a clothing store. People gathered, and she had a terrific business. She steered me this way.” [WWD]
  • Cathy Horyn says Google’s new Boutiques.com venture may be a game-changer: “In every boutique on the site, there are dozens of additional choices inspired by a designer’s or celebrity’s style — generated by algorithms — with product photos that are much larger and sharper than on other shopping sites. And if you don’t know how to wear the leopard pumps you just bought, there’s a panel of street-style photos on the right side of the site that visualizes the shoes in more expressive modes. Indeed, whatever your style preference — classic, romantic, casual — the inspiration panel automatically adjusts for them, like a support group that can read your mind with surprising precision.” [NYTimes]
  • American Apparel is coming about as late to the pantslessness trend as it is to the flannel trend. [Copyranter]
  • The Beatrice Inn is dead, which is why a “star” of Tinsley Mortimer‘s reality TV show is making bow-ties out of its curtains. [NYPost]
  • Disney tapped hipster boutique Opening Ceremony to design Tron: Legacy tie-in clothing. [WWD]
  • Miranda Kerr is moving to Los Angeles, so she’s selling her Chelsea 1-brm for $1.395 million. [Modelinia]
  • Karlie Kloss is just your average St. Louis teenager who gets to borrow an Oscar de la Renta gown for her homecoming ball. “I live these two crazy different lives, but I get to mix them both,” she says. She went to the dance unencumbered by any male. “No date. Not this time. But prom’s coming up, so I’ll keep my options open.” Maybe for prom, Kloss can borrow a Dior, since she’s also the face of that. [The Cut]
  • U.S. consumers are expected to spend some $500 billion this Black Friday, and Etsy is expected to be a big winner. Also: Wal-Mart. Because that makes sense… [AdRants]
  • Gap is certainly upping its Facebook promotions. It just gave away free jeans over the Facebook, and this holiday season, the company filmed little videos of each of its campaign faces — including Donald Glover, Lauren Bush, Reeve Carney, choreographer Benjamin Millepied and Susie Bubble — and for every fan who “Likes” one of the videos on Facebook, Gap will donate $1 to a cause chosen by its subject, up to $150,000. Additionally, one “Like” will get you 30% off a regularly-priced item at the chain. [WWD]
  • Abercrombie & Fitch improved its net income during the third quarter, but this story doesn’t mention what the struggling chain’s all-important same-store sales for the period were. [WWD]
  • Not one to do things by halves, Adidas is going to open five hundred stores in China over the course of the next year. [Bloomberg News]
  • Also planning an opening in Beijing: The French department store Galeries Lafayette. [Global Times]
  • Mega-expensive watch brand Omega, meanwhile, is set to open some 30 stores in the U.S. [WWD]
  • Lorenzo Martone‘s new talent/modeling/PR agency has intern trouble: a former intern sent an email to the company’s full contact list, asking each of them to update their information. Not only did Martone fail to keep the list secure, but the ex-intern didn’t BCC the list, so now tonnes of people know Diane von Furstenberg‘s email address. Martone followed up with his own email, SHOUTING his APOLOGIES in ALLCAPS. Which sounds almost as annoying. [NYDN]
  • Apparently, three staffers and the creative director are leaving Daily Front Row, the trade gossip magazine that fashion week operator IMG owns. [The Cut]
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