Agyness Deyn Keen To Kick Habit; Zooey Deschanel To Design Glasses

  • Agyness Deyn might try hypnotism to quit smoking. She “obviously” wants to stop so she can “settle down and have babies,” says a friend of her boyfriend’s. Obviously that’s any woman’s only consideration. [Daily Mail]
  • Zac Posen will see your economic negativity and raise you an ounce of creativity. “I started my business in another trying time, right after 9/11. Everyone was saying ‘don’t go into business, there’s no place, there’s no retail world out there.’ Nobody wanted to hear about a new brand. But you create your own excitement, and you create the industry, and you create the customer, and that’s what is going to get this country out of this difficult time.” Yes we can wear beautiful dresses! [The Cut]
  • Meanwhile a rag-tag group of former i-bankers has a crazy dream to make ugly shoes from recycled trash. Which is a kind of creativity that, environment aside, I’m not sure we need. [The Street]
  • Lynn Yaeger goes to fashion week on the subway. Just. Like. I. Do. [The Cut]
  • “Vivica Fox came out in this full sequined gown and she had the longest hair weave of her life. It was a shock, it was inspiring to women.” If you’ve ever wanted to enter the mind of Christian Siriano, one good way of doing so would be to read an entire column by him. Fashion week is literally amazing, guys! [Time]
  • Coco Rocha, in between attending fashion shows and walking in them, is also hosting an hour-long documentary about the lives of models during the week of weeks for E! Busy girl. [Elle]
  • Kelly Cutrone had a hand in getting Ashley Alexandra Dupré to Yigal Azrouël on Friday. Yigal fired her. [NYDN]
  • But Cutrone still wins for sheer audacity of media tricksterhood: she introduced Dupré to an editor at an avant-garde fashion magazine who wants to shoot the ex-callgirl, like, yesterday already. So this is how you get into Dazed and Confused. [The Cut]
  • Are runways this season more diverse than last? It’s looking like yes. The New York Times talks to some models from Harlem and the Bronx who are glad to see the “No ethnic models” signs retired. (The story also reminded me of how I know three models who all went to the same high school somewhere in deepest Queens. Once I told one of them I was thinking of moving to Queens and she gave me this withering look and said, “By ‘Queens’, you probably mean, like, Astoria, or Long Island City, don’t you?” I did. But at least I know where Queens is, unlike a nameless designer in Eric Wilson’s piece.) [NY Times]
  • Model Sessilee Lopez eats egg McMuffins and asks to take home clothes from fashion shows. [NYDN]
  • Peter Som has a fall collection, even if he didn’t have a show. [Fashionista]
  • An angel investor in Patrick Cox’s struggling handmade shoe house was caught trying to license the Patrick Cox name and trademark for profit. [Telegraph]
  • Somewhere, someone built an algorithm to analyze all the acres of type churned out in fashion week coverage, and that someone is here to tell us that this season’s buzz words are “chiconomics” and “Michelle Obama.” And “recessionista.” [UPI]
  • Anna Wintour is still talking about that sequined mini-dress The Recession made her not put in Vogue. Only now, in her mind it only cost $25,000, not $50,000. Times are hard. Anybody got any idea whose dress this might be? [WSJ]
  • The May cover of Wintour’s magazine might actually feature some models on it, in honor of the costume institute gala at the Met, which is model-themed this year. Online speculation points to Raquel Zimmerman, Natasha Poly, Liya Kebede, Isabeli Fontana, and Natalia Vodianova as among the final choices. [Fashionologie]
  • British retailers are going to change their sizing for children’s clothes because of the obesity epidemic. [Telegraph]
  • Which will play right into noted obesity educator Karl “No Fat Chicks” Lagerfeld’s talking points. The Kaiser also has reservations about online shopping, although this one time his assistant showed him how to order books and music on and it wasn’t so bad, he supposes. [Portfolio]
  • Nastia Liukin’s line of denim isn’t faring well. But her leotards, sold to other gymnasts, should keep her from the poor house. [The Cut]
  • Wal-Mart isn’t concerned about the souring fortunes of celeb-backed labels; it’s launching a new Russell Simmons line. [WWD]
  • Zooey Deschanel is also getting in on the action, with a limited-edition pair of $415 Oliver Peoples sunglasses she personally designed. My snark for this project is lessened in direct proportion to the share of the profits that will go towards victims of domestic violence. [LA Times]
  • Posh’s dress line has slightly lowered its prices from last season. But she’s not sure if it’s inspired by Mad Max or Mad Men. Either way there’s a gray one with a butt ruffle. [Daily Mail]
  • H&M’s same-store sales beat analysts’ expectations by only declining 1% on last January. This is good news. [WSJ]
  • Whoa. A man in Osaka threatened 11 Uniqlo employees with a knife, tied them up with packing tape, and stole 2.5 million Yen. He was arrested as he tried to escape. [Breitbart]
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