Couture Week Is Fun; 49-Year-Old Jimmy Choo Wears Three-Inch Heels "To The Clubs"

  • This picture of Tavi and Alexa Chung pulling faces at photographers is adorable. That is all. [IsaacLikes
  • Obama‘s Weatherproof billboard was finally taken down. No word on whether the company has gotten Sarah Palin to agree to an ad. [Gothamist]
  • Out-takes and behind-the-scenes shots from Madonna‘s Dolce & Gabbana campaign shoot are leaking on the Internet. [Sassybella]
  • Jimmy Choo, creator of many a stiletto, knows whereof he cobbles. “I wear heels when I go to a club. English people are all taller than me. I have three inches with a half inch platform at the front. You have to get used to them,” he told the Buckinghamshire Advertiser. He also criticized men who refuse to walk at their wives’ high-heeled pace. [BuckinghamshireAdvertiser]
  • Christian Siriano‘s spring shoe offerings for Payless are…a little bit strange. Jeweled straps? Talon heels? We don’t exactly want these on our feet. [Nitrolicious]
  • “I would make tea, I would unblock the toilet, whatever needed doing,” says Antonio Berardi, of his years working for John Galliano in the early 1990s. “It was all about freedom and a sense that anything was possible.” After Galliano went bust and found a new, French backer, Berardi followed him to Paris. “We lived in an amazing house that was full of antiques, but when everything got smashed, we were kicked out. We lived hand-to-mouth. John would get money, but he’d go out and lose his purse, so we would wait for someone to invite us out for dinner. When we didn’t have any money, I would buy flour and some oil and make bread.” [ToL]
  • Yes, Peaches Geldof, technically if it’s a bumper car ring you’re posing in, then that’s not a stripper pole, but…[Daily Mail]
  • People has a roundup of the various stars auctioning off dresses for charities working in Haiti. You could pick up Britney‘s 2008 VMAs dress, Susan Sarandon‘s Critics Choice Awards LBD, Olivia Wilde‘s or Meryl Streep‘s Golden Globes dresses, or just buy yourself some Lady Gaga merch — she’s selling t-shirts that benefit Haiti on her website. [People]
  • Hilary Rhoda, meanwhile, is texting her donations to 90999. [TDB]
  • Maybe-draft-dodging Israeli model Bar Refaeli posed for Rampage‘s latest campaign at Paris Hilton‘s old house. [People]
  • Chanel‘s couture collection, as always, was astonishingly labor-intensive. One outfit involved 13,000 silk flowers. The final wedding dress, worn by Abbey Lee, took 1,300 hours or work and the cape alone required 200 metres of fabric. [Independent]
  • The 33-year-old who now owns bankrupt German house Escada says, “Maybe we can make a profit this year, if not then 2011.” Maybe! Megha Mittal owns a total of 25 fashion brands, including Gianfranco Ferre. She has hired an ex-C.E.O. of Hugo Boss to run Escada. “We are thinking about new products, cosmetics for example. A relaunch of children’s fashion is possible and I furthermore dream of a men’s line.” [Reuters]
  • The Cooper-Hewitt is putting on a Rodarte exhibit next month. [Paper]
  • Nick Knight is a busy fashion bee. The photographer is currently working on fashion films to be shown at Rodarte and Alexander Wang‘s respective shows at New York fashion week, and a series of films that’ll roll at Lady Gaga‘s upcoming concerts. Also, he’d like to build a third house, in Spain. [WWD]
  • Among 17-year-old Karlie Kloss‘s many campaigns this season is one for Hermès, for which she posed topless. (The photo is shot from rear three-quarter perspective.) A similar shot of Ali Michael, then 17, in the New York TimesT magazine ignited a storm of criticism from readers and the paper’s public editor. [@Bryanboy]
  • Brüno has earned a nomination for the Costume Designers Guild Awards. Also up for laurels are: Mad Men, Coco Avant Chanel, Nine, Crazy Heart, the HBO adaptation of Grey Gardens, and HBO’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. []
  • Stylist Keegan Singh, on the biggest misconception about his work: “It’s a schlep job, and you really, really have to love it, otherwise most people would say you’re insane. Yeah, there are times where I’m looking pretty at a party getting my picture taken. But there are more times where I look like a train wreck and I’m packing up a box to go back to Europe myself with no assistants, filling out FedEx forms, and I haven’t eaten anything all day. So it’s not that glamorous sometimes, it’s hard work. But if it wasn’t it’d be kind of boring.” [TFI]
  • The Daily News sent three female employees out to test-drive impractical trends, like giant studded jackets, drop-crotch pants, and peep-toe boots. They called it “Fashion For Dummies.” Because fashion’s just so wacky! [NYDN]
  • In today’s Adventures in Globalization: Armani has pulled from sale a $42 t-shirt bedazzled with an eagle that some Indonesians felt echoed the national symbol of the country, a mythic bird known as Garuda Pancasila. [Reuters]
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