Bellucci, Dolce, And Gabbana Take Rome

  • Monica Bellucci, who gave birth just six weeks ago, Domenico Dolce, and Stefano Gabbana shot a La Dolce Vita-themed Martini Gold ad together in Rome. Stefano tweeted the whole thing. [Daily Mail, WWD]
  • Angela Kinsey of The Office fame hid behind a curtain with a microphone in order to serve as the voice for a giant Clairol “talking mirror” that apparently harassed commuters about their hair color in some freakish spectacle of public humiliation on Tuesday at Grand Central Station. [WWD]
  • Yves Saint Laurent booked Daria Werbowy, and styled her as a kind of 60s mod, for its fall campaign. [Fashionologie]
  • Solange Knowles, on House of Dereon: “I initially was involved as the spokesperson, but the clothes just didn’t reflect my personal style and I decided to hand that over.” [ContactMusic]
  • Austin Scarlett and Santino Rice, two of our favorite people (at least in our televisual imagination) are co-hosting a show! They will travel across America “to create new, dream-come-true looks for special women in unique situations,” making people’s lives better with fashion. We will so totally watch this. [People]
  • Vogue‘s list of ten 4th of July “essentials” clocks in at $6,794.81. It includes $700 sunglasses, a $1,890 white wool blazer, and a $1,900 tote bag. (Vogue would probably say, but the bag is Hermès, daaahling!) [Vogue]
  • As expected, Anne Christensen has resigned from her position at T. New editor Sally Singer was previously reported to be bringing in a new fashion director; sources indicate she may want to poach Meredith Melling Burke from her old stomping grounds, Vogue. [WWD]
  • Ralph Lauren, who recently sold nearly a billion worth of shares, was given $27.7 million in compensation by his company last year. [WWD]
  • Alice Temperley is to become an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in London. [Vogue UK]
  • Maybe we’re no Michelle Obama, but these new Lanvin sneakers are ugly. [TLF]
  • François Nars used Daphne Guinness for his fall campaign. The results are stunning. [WWD]
  • Two pictures of Crystal Renn, recently published on Ford Models’ blog, have people talking about her weight loss. To be honest, this puts me in an awkward position, because I have been lucky enough to come to call Crystal a friend. I will not therefore speculate on her weight and its fluctuations. I note in passing that it appears the two shots in question were taken with a wide-angled lens, which tends to distort and stretch subjects. [Racked]
  • Elle MacPherson told interviewer Jonathan Ross that she only began modeling to pay for law textbooks. “I never thought I’d be working for thirty years,” she said. “We just happened to be in the right place at the right time. The Eighties was a period of extravagance — there was a need for dynamic women.” [Vogue UK]
  • Another refugee from the legal profession, Yohji Yamamoto, is the subject of a biography to be released this fall. The book will feature “short fiction mostly based on live voice, accompanied by some vivid flashbacks of his key moments,” whatever that means. [Telegraph]
  • Uniqlo‘s year-on-year same-store sales fell 5.8% this June. [WWD]
  • If you have to even ask why Dior needs a fourth Las Vegas boutique, well, then clearly you just don’t understand the realities of today’s marketplace, do you? Sniff. Ahem: “Las Vegas has struggled during the economic downturn. Tourism and gaming revenues have declined and retail vacancies, home foreclosure and unemployment rates have risen.” [WWD]
  • British Vogue Copywatch: “Others include FrostFrench and Lee Kabin who’s [sic] corsets have been worn by…” [Vogue UK]
  • Japanese artist Mitsuhiro Okamoto made nine locust sculptures out of counterfeit designer bags for an art show intended to examine consumerism and authenticity. But Louis Vuitton initiated legal proceedings, claiming the art violated its trademarks, so the locusts had to be removed from display. Funny: we’d have thought LVMH would agree that knockoffs are a plague. [Boing Boing]
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