At Last, Halle Berry Forced To Explain Her Terrible Taste In Men


Halle Berry is looking pretty damn fine on the cover of the new T and in the editorial spread inside. Though the interview is pegged to Berry’s turn in Cloud Atlas, the reporter — noting restraining-ordered David Justice, terminally unfaithful Eric Benét, and moocher Gabriel Aubry — asked the actress why she has such bad taste in men. She replied, allegedly with a laugh, “My picker’s broken. God just wanted to mix up my life. Maybe he was thinking, ‘This girl can’t get everything! I’m going to give her a broken picker.’ ” [T]

Penelope Cruz is on the cover of Vogue Spain. [FGR]

This promised live chat with Kristen Stewart, in which she answered hand-picked questions from her fans about the Balenciaga perfume for which she serves as the face, is hilariously awkward. [YouTube]

Roberto Cavalli is preparing to launch his next perfume, Just Just Cavalli, in February. Naturally, he thinks perfume is like “a beautiful woman. In the beginning, you judge a woman for her beauty. After, a woman has to be special.” [WWD]

This, friends, is Cindy Crawford‘s high school yearbook photo. [DM]

  • With Hickey Freeman and Hart Schaffner Marx parent company HMX in trouble again, the union that represents the more than 1000 garment workers employed in the U.S. by HMX is warning that it will fight any effort to sell the brand’s assets in bankruptcy and move production overseas. HMX is the largest manufacturer of men’s suits still extant in the U.S. In 2009, when the company last changed hands, the union successfully fought a high-profile campaign to keep production domestic. New liquidity problems have the company mulling a voluntary bankruptcy filing. [WWD]
  • The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has a new show featuring 40-some items from Katharine Hepburn‘s wardrobe. Up through January. [NYPL]
  • Banana Republic is doing a third Mad Men-inspired collection for spring. [WWD]
  • Chanel‘s Métiers d’Art show will take place this year in Scotland. [Vogue UK]
  • Jordin Sparks‘ next perfume will be called Ambition. [WWD]
  • Kristen McMenamy says that when she started modeling, she didn’t have an easy rise to the top. “I got rejected by everyone,” she says. “But I was obsessed! It was the only thing I wanted to do and I wanted it so badly. I was like a bulldog, hanging on by my teeth.” At first when her daughter Lily wanted to try modeling, McMenamy didn’t agree. “But then I thought to myself — I can’t say that, it would make me a hypocrite, so now I’m supporting her. She had a wonderful time in Paris. And now she’s gone to L.A with Hedi Slimane.” But still, she says, “Lily might not make it because she hasn’t got that drive. She’s interested in too many other things besides modelling.” [Elle]
  • Sally Singer, who last month was ousted as the editor of T, is returning to Vogue, the magazine she left in order to join the New York Times company. Singer will be the magazine’s digital creative director. [WWD]
  • Aéropostale is betting that teens will want to shop at new stores with high-tech touches including, according to Women’s Wear Daily, “a modern jukebox where teens can vote for the music played in the store, iPods in fitting rooms to indulge personal tastes in music and Apple desktops and iPads for scanning products and reading reviews.” [WWD]
  • Gilt is selling Jetsetter. The online retailer has been trimming its less- and un-profitable holdings in what is widely seen as preparation for an initial public offering. [WSJ]
  • Melania Trump, not one to be the only Trump without a random assortment of branded products licensed to her name, is getting a skin-care line. It’s got caviar in it. [WWD]
  • Last night, WSJ. magazine named Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen its Innovators of the Year in the category of fashion. [Jezebel Inbox]
  • Here’s one person who apparently has no reservations about Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire benevolent dictator of New York City: Donna Karan. Karan invited him to a party to give him an award that she made up and gushed of Bloomberg, “Our mayor, our father, our caretaker.…He could take care of the world if he just would.” [WWD]
  • French Marie Claire asked Karl Lagerfeld what he thinks of François Hollande. Never one to hide his light under a bushel, Lagerfeld replied, “This idiot will be as disastrous as Zapatero was.” [Reuters]
  • Area Man Still Believes In Existence Of American Dream: “A lot of people say the American dream is not alive any more. I completely disagree. It totally exists. If you really want something and you work hard, it’s going to happen.” Dmitry Sholokhov just won Project Runway. [WWD]
  • Macy’s head Terry Lundgren just sold $20.3 million worth of company stock. In unrelated news, we found 63 cents in our couch today. [WWD]
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