Big Surprises: Naomi Still Not Cooperating With War Crimes Prosecution

  • Before testifying at Charles Taylor‘s trial, Naomi Campbell has demanded accommodations normally extended to victims of atrocities. She wants the media to not film or photograph her, and she wants a lawyer to speak for her on the stand.
  • And she has asked, via her lawyer, for a list of the names and addresses of every court officer who will be present, so that they can be warned about the extra security measures. Campbell is set to testify about an incident in 1996 when she allegedly received large, uncut blood diamonds from Taylor, who at the time was the president of Liberia. Prosecutors are looking to prove that Taylor used the trade in illicit diamonds to fund a bloody rebel group in neighboring Sierra Leone. [Vogue UK]
  • Meanwhile, warlord and accused war criminal Taylor‘s defense lawyers have asked to delay Campbell‘s testimony because they say prosecutors have not yet disclosed what she is expected to say, and they cannot prepare a cross-examination. The prosecution says that Campbell has refused to speak to them. [UKPA]
  • Ke$ha, a gal more closely associated with pantlessness and bed hair than timepieces, is now a brand ambassador for Casio. [WWD]
  • Doutzen Kroes shot with Peter Lindbergh for Tiffany’s in New York. [Fashionista]
  • Maybe she’ll be hawking Tiffany’s $17,500 glazed crocodile handbag? [TLF]
  • Helen Mirren, Raquel Welch, Barbra Streisand, and other old ladies of Hollywood: Women’s Wear Daily will criticize your clothing choices now. [WWD]
  • Detroit led the nation in luxury spending in the first quarter of this year. Detroit. There spending on luxury items was up 18% on last year; in New York, for comparison, luxury spending fell by 7.7%. [WSJ]
  • David Beckham is reportedly going to design a men’s wear collection for his wife’s fashion company. [Vogue UK]
  • Mad Men‘s Janie Bryant asked Maidenform if she could use a few of the brand’s ads from its long-running mid-century “I Dreamed I…” campaign in her book, and she ended up Maidenform’s new brand ambassador, doing very new-century things like promoting the lingerie company on Facebook and Twitter. “Foundations and intimate apparel are so important to me and how I wardrobe and design for shows,” said the costume designer. [WWD]
  • Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, fashion director for Lincoln Center, is said to have taken on a consulting role with IMG. IMG produces fashion week, and Lincoln Center is its new venue, so this seems logical. [NYPost]
  • Lanvin‘s 6,000 square-foot boutique in Los Angeles will include a secret underground entrance for super-super-super-VIP clients. [WWD]
  • Gisele‘s fall campaign for the Brazilian brand Colcci — one of the first campaigns the supermodel shot since giving birth last December — is out. And in it, Gisele rocks some nasty, stringy, spring-summer ’09 Alexander McQueen hair. Interesting. [Made In Brazil]
  • Gap is opening a pop-up store with 10 Corso Como in Milan that’ll sell limited-edition designs during Milan’s fashion week. [WWD]
  • Italian artist slapped with Louis Vuitton trademark-infringement lawsuit in 3, 2, 1… [TLF]
  • Practically all of celebrity New York descended on the Hamptons this weekend for a series of events that benefited ovarian cancer research. Donna Karan wore an airbrushed wifebeater and matching airbrushed fedora. [WWD]
  • Jerry Hall: “Mick was very, very charismatic and very funny, but he was also the eternal dissatisfied adolescent. He was so irreverent and loose. But I stopped looking for that in men — priorities change.” [Vogue UK]
  • A new report has found that while women dominate the management workforce in the luxury sector, they are severely under-represented at the highest levels — companies that employ more than 55% women workers count just 7%-29% women board members and executives, for example. So in this respect, fashion is like every other industry on earth. [WWD]
  • Remember United Bamboo‘s cat calendar? You can now buy some of the looks the kitties sported for your own household mouser. No word on whether the $500 outfits also include a donation to KittyKind [Cat Party]
  • Sylvia Venturini Fendi wants there to be a fashion museum in Rome. She’s getting the city in the mood by organizing an exhibit of Italian designers’ theater costumes to open this November. [WWD]
  • Misunderstood maker of really nice house slippers Ugg Australia is getting into the apparel game, and it won’t be cheap. Its collection of wool-cashmere blend sweaters, some with hoods lined in shearling, will debut this fall, and the wholesale prices are $97-$297. [WWD]
  • Are you an unemployed person in the field of fashion and/or magazines in New York? Do you know Sally Singer? She’s hiring. [WWD]
  • Gareth Pugh opened his first store in the world in Hong Kong. [WWD]
  • Lea T., the transgender model who stars in Givenchy‘s latest campaign and has posed for Vogue Paris, is the daughter of a prominent Brazilian soccer star, Toninho Cerezo. In a 2007 interview, Cerezo said he had only three children, indirectly denying Lea’s existence. [Guardian]
  • Although that Guardian story calls Lea “the world’s first transsexual supermodel,” she isn’t the only transgender woman to become a successful model, and nor is she the first. British model Tula, real name Caroline Cossey, worked extensively for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and various high-end brands in the 1970s. She also posed for Playboy and was even in For Your Eyes Only before she was outed by the News of the World tabloid. [Wikipedia]
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