Charlize Theron Dodges The John Galliano Question


Charlize Theron would rather not talk about John Galliano and the racist and anti-Semitic rant (“I love Hitler, you’d all be fucking dead,” &c) that got him fired from Dior, where Theron remains a well-paid spokesmodel. “I think that he’s going through a really difficult time right now, and I’m sure that he wants some privacy. He’s got an important journey to go through right now. But I wish him nothing but well.” Fellow Dior face Natalie Portman, you will recall, was swift and emphatic in her condemnation of Galliano’s statements. [The Cut]
Theron says she has yet to get used to seeing her face on bus shelters, magazines, and billboards. “How is that normal? It’s always very incredibly bizarre. It’s like an out of body experience in many ways. I’m always so happy with the campaigns that I do with them… I’m very proud of it, but it’s very awkward to kind of look at yourself like that. Very bizarre.” [WWD]

Another of Kate Winslet‘s ads for St. John has dropped. [WWD]

Carmen Dell’Orefice will receive an honorary doctorate from the London College of Fashion this summer. [Vogue UK]

We had no idea “Australian” model Catherine McNeil was the bearer of a New Zealand passport. That makes exactly one thing we have in common. Also, she cut her hair, as you can see. [Style Caster]

Marc Jacobs is launching a new fragrance. It’s called Oh, Lola, and the campaign stars Dakota Fanning. [WWD]

Rick “Zombie Boy” Genest just nabbed his first magazine cover. He shot for Fashion magazine, alongside Polish model and Calvin Klein face Monika “Jac” Jagaciak. His interstitial inverted-commas nickname is the more bad-ass of the two. []

Duran Duran — who really pleasantly surprised us when we saw them live at a Paper party a while back, really, pleasantly, surprised — are filming a music video that stars Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova, and Helena Christensen, as well as Yasmin Le Bon (of course). Jonas Ackerlund, of “Paparazzi” fame, directs, and the event doubles as a cover shoot for British Harper’s Bazaar. Here’s a backstage TwitPic of Cindy Crawford; this sounds promising. [Fashionologie]

  • Kate Moss is going to the Isle of Wight music festival for her bachelorette celebrations. The Sun speculates wildly: “It won’t be long before she’s leading a conga around the VIP area while downing Jagerbombs or snogging the face off the ugly bloke on security for a dare.” [Sun]
  • Vogue Italia cover girl Robyn Lawley doesn’t like the tokenism inherent in the industry’s presentation of most plus-size models. “I feel there are so many girls like me who are just as worthy of getting these jobs, and people forget that.” Furthermore, “I always feel people are surprised when they work with one of us and find that we can, in fact, model very well…But this isn’t exclusive to us; this can be said about older models and different ethnicities, too. Fashion should be indicative of the world, and we are all different; we’re not all 16-year-old Russian teens.” And she has advice for straight-size models who are, as Lawley herself was once, not eating healthily: “I’ve seen girls stare at a yogurt container calorie box for hours on end, deliberating whether they should eat it. Look, if it’s not working for you, hell, come to the plus-size world.” [The Cut]
  • Behati Prinsloo‘s boyfriend, James Strachan, jumped into a swimming pool at a fashion party held on the hottest night of the year so far. He was promptly removed by security, so Prinsloo picked up his shoes and followed him out. Security, you are no fun. [WWD]
  • The 9″ Vivienne Westwood platforms that caused Naomi Campbell to fall on the runway are going on display at a museum in England. [Daily Mail]
  • Ke$ha is denying responsibility for the deaths of thousands of roosters, but of course we all know she’s guilty. “if u guys like feathers-try animal friendly pieces!meet my friend kate!” Tweeted the dollar-signed one, including a link to this story in Du Jour magazine. [@keshasuxx]
  • Tory Burch has been awarded $164 million in damages in an online counterfeiting case. The company is, shall we say, highly unlikely to ever see a cent of that. Two-hundred and thirty-two domain names used to trade in fake Tory Burch products will be given to the company. Any new websites created by the defendants, who are all based in China, can also be disabled and turned over to Tory Burch without the filing of a new lawsuit. [WWD]
  • Gucci is dressing Florence Welch for Florence and the Machine’s U.S. summer tour. [WWD]
  • Former model and Chanel face Estella Warren has been officially charged with DUI, hit-and-run, battery on a police officer, and resisting arrest in connection with a May 23 incident in which she was arrested after crashing her car, then broke out of her handcuffs and tried to escape from the police station where she was being held. Warren faces up to six months in prison. [People]
  • Rumor has it that Macy’s next designer collaboration will be with Giambattista Valli. The store wouldn’t comment. [WWD]
  • And L’Wren Scott, whose new handbag collection starts at $2,300, has announced she plans to develop a lower-priced line of apparel. [Fashionista]
  • Labelux, which last month bought Jimmy Choo, just acquired Belstaff for $161 million. [WWD]
  • Katie Holmes and Jeannie Yang are rumored to be opening their first Holmes & Yang store. It will be in Los Angeles. [Jane Charlton’s Hollywood]
  • J.Lo is launching an eighteen-thousandth perfume. This one is called Love and Light, and it will sell exclusively on HSN. [WWD]
  • Model Ashley Smith has started a rock band called the Chocolate Bunnies. She plays the electric guitar. [WWD]
  • Forever 21‘s Times Square 91,257-square foot mega-store was closed Wednesday and part of Thursday, reportedly because part of the ceiling collapsed. We knew Forever 21 wasn’t big on the safety of its garment workers, but customers too? Damn. [Racked]
  • Crying in store dressing rooms? Is that a thing? Is that why the lines are always so freaking long? We have felt acute dressing room frustration on more than one occasion — a years-long and ultimately fruitless jeans search comes to mind — but we’re still team Kelly Cutrone on this one: If you need to cry, go outside. Or go home. [The Frisky]
  • Shenae Grimes says she isn’t fetching coffee and photocopying at her Teen Vogue internship — she’s assisting in the styling closet with pulls and returns. This is actually her second fashion industry internship: before she got a part on the revived 90210, she interned at Fashion Television. [The Cut]
  • Lululemon’s sales rose significantly during the first quarter. Income rose 70% over last year, to $33 million, and same-store sales were up by 16%. m[WWD]
  • Your high heels are giving you arthritis. [Telegraph]
  • Gilt Groupe’s soon-to-be-launched full-price men’s wear site has a name: Park & Bond. [WWD]
  • British Vogue has just lost two top editors: creative director Robin Derrick and fashion director Kate Phelan are both leaving. [Fashionologie]
  • A 20-year-old Australian man who impersonated a modeling agent online in order to lure teenagers into posing nude for him via webcam has been given an 18-month suspended sentence. Once he had the girls’ pictures, he tried to blackmail his victims into sending more explicit material and meeting him in person for sex. [Herald Sun]
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