Beth Ditto Designs Again; Faith Hill Wants A Clothing Line

  • Beth Ditto is designing another Evans collection. Last time the singer held fast to the 80s, with sometimes mixed results, but the range that will hit stores in September counts everything from Victoriana to “Noughties body-con” as an influence. [Telegraph]
  • A former salesman at the Fifth Avenue Gucci flagship is suing the company for sexual harassment. He alleges that his manager twice came up behind him and touched him inappropriately — starting with his shoulders, and moving down his back to his ass, and that another manager repeatedly teased him and said he “knew” the salesman was really gay. HR allegedly did nothing, and the salesman was placed on paid leave before being fired. [Gothamist]
  • There’s been another smash-and-grab raid on a luxury store in London. Days after thieves broke into Chanel and made off with merchandise, men attacked the Tateossian jewelry store and took around £2,000 worth of goods. (Because they raided the store overnight, most of the valuables were in the safe.) [Vogue UK]
  • Carrie Bradshaw may be a loyal Mac user, but Sarah Jessica Parker is now shilling for Hewlett-Packard. [Racked]
  • And the actress is set to narrate the audio guide to this year’s Met Costume Institute exhibit, which opens next month after that business with the ball is over with. [WWD]
  • Rashida Jones has picked out a handful of offerings from Theory‘s summer range to benefit some children’s charities. Ten per cent of the price of her chosen white blazer, plaid shorts, and cotton dress will go to Peace First and Children Mending Hearts. Of course, you could just give 100% of your chosen donation directly to either, or both. [People]
  • It’s kind of sad when people who are really good at certain things — like orchestrating empty, funny, slick fashion photographs — are so richly rewarded for it that they retire from the business that made them famous to concentrate on their “art.” And then of course their art is as empty, slick — and really fucking trite. Isn’t that right, David LaChapelle? [Independent]
  • Faith Hill, who randomly judged last night’s Project Runway finale, says she is “open” to having a clothing line, if someone were to give her one. “I would design for the women I know and their kids … busy moms with great style,” says the singer/parfumeur. [AP]
  • “That son of a bitch can drive 170 yards to the same exact spot, every time.” Who knew Mikhail Baryshnikov was such a golfer? Oscar de la Renta, whose house is next to the dancer’s in the Dominican Republic, prefers dominos. [VF]
  • Jonathan Adler did a collection for 7 For All Mankind. It heavily features the interior designer’s prints, and the men’s and women’s shirts and jeans retail for $90-$210. They’ll be in stores starting May 12. [WWD]
  • Charlize Theron has a full dance card of Dior-related events over these coming weeks. Well, la-di-da. [DFR]
  • Burberry has launched a one-off range called April Showers. Just how many collections do Christopher Bailey and his team put out, you ask? Nearly 60 this year. It’s funny, we haven’t seen such a check-happy Burberry collection since they had that little chav scare. [Telegraph]
  • The British brand is also getting into the cosmetics business. It’s perfume licensee will launch a 96-item makeup collection in July. [WWD]
  • In this video, Liya Kebede speaks about her fashion line, Lemlem. There’s footage of women in Ethiopia doing traditional weaving, and also behind-the-scenes shots of Natasa Vojnovic on a Lemlem shoot. Watching Vojnovic do her thing, jumping, tossing her head, smiling, and looking half-crazed, is really fun. She totally brings it. []
  • BCBG, which is reportedly heavily indebted and up for sale, has a new perfume licensing deal. [WWD]
  • On the occasion of Earth Day, American Apparel took the opportunity to remind the world that it tries to conserve as much fabric as possible during the manufacturing process — the rag trade being notoriously wasteful. Of course, the products that get made out of the scraps are often things like scrunchies and hair bows, not to mention the company’s $8 Bag-O-Scraps, so perhaps this is a wash. At least it’s not going in the trash? [PSFK]
  • Peter Som is working on a “luxury” linens collection (think tablecloths and bedsheets) with the brand Sferra. The designer says the collaboration will feature many of his “signature prints” and will reach stores next January. [WWD]
  • In other random collaborations, Patricia Field designed a Sex And The City 2 Skyy Vodka bottle. [Luxist]
  • Frida Giannini says Mark Ronson is her male muse. “I mean, just look at him,” the designer explains. []
  • Loehmann‘s, which hotly disputed a report in the New York Post that it was having cashflow problems, has admitted it received a capital infusion from its parent company. Sources say it was around $10 million. Meanwhile, the discount chain’s president, who is 64, announced his imminent retirement. [WWD]
  • Stefano Tonchi, the newly named editor in chief of W, is trying to hire away top editors from other magazines. Is this a surprise? [WWD]
  • Perhaps one of them is Michael Roberts? Or else perhaps he’s just getting fired: Women’s Wear Daily posted an item yesterday stating that the Vanity Fair style director was “on his way out,” Fashionologie noticed, and then WWD removed the gossip. Interesting. [Fashionologie]
  • L’Oréal‘s revenues were up 8%, to 6.54 billion, on last year’s in the first quarter. The cosmetics giant just acquired Essie nail polish, for an undisclosed amount. [WWD]
  • Cathy Horyn weighs in on haul vlogging: “The videos are extremely tedious.” Pity the NYU doctoral candidate who has to watch a whole slew of them. [On The Runway]
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