Drew Barrymore Said To Be Ditching Cover Girl To Start Her Own Cosmetics Brand


Drew Barrymore is apparently biding her time until her Cover Girl contract expires in January after five years as a face of the brand. Rumor has it that’s when she plans to launch her own namesake beauty line with Wal-Mart as the exclusive retailer. [WWD]

Lucky put a heavily Photoshopped Britney Spears on its new cover, and was promptly greeted by a chorus of negative reactions from Britney fans on (where else?) Twitter. The magazine Tweeted this non-apology. [BuzzFeed]

Iman says she hates the debate over the politics of black women’s hair:

“I’m totally against the debate. I think whatever you like, you should do. It’s called options. Nobody’s saying you’re blacker than I am just because you have natural hair…The way I dress, or relax or lighten my hair, it’s not like I’m saying I don’t want to be black. I shouldn’t be carrying the whole race on my shoulders just because I want to color my hair. To me, it’s not a big deal. My daughter, she likes to straighten her hair and at the same time, she wears it curly on different days. It’s not a big deal. We really need to move forward in the language of what beauty is. Beauty is such a minefield for a lot of people that we think it says something about the inner person, and it really doesn’t. Sometimes, it’s just play and it’s about having fun. It’s like, when girls wear something tight and revealing are they saying something? No! They think they look hot! Let them be! I’ve always hated rules and regulations.”


Kate Upton is on the cover of Vogue Italia. [Vogue.it]

The University of Texas has completed a $30,000 restoration of several costumes worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind, including the green curtain dress. [Telegraph]

Noted Fashion Photographer Nigel Barker is live-Tweeting pictures of Hurricane Sandy from his West Village apartment. [@NigelBarker]

  • Retailers in the Northeast spent the weekend bracing for Hurricane Sandy. The major department stores in New York City were boarding up their windows, and many retailers closed early on Sunday. [WWD]
  • Prabal Gurung spent Sunday shooting Olivia Thirlby and Chris Conroy in the West Village for the designer’s upcoming Target collaboration. [Fashionista]
  • Women’s Wear Daily has a long, thorough story on the glass ceiling in the retail industry today. Although women shoppers make 80% of the purchase decisions in fashion, WWD reports, only 1.7% of the retailers in the Fortune 500 are led by a female C.E.O. Even more pathetic, that’s actually worse than the Fortune 500 average of 3.8%. Tory Burch says, “‘Ambition’ should not be a four-letter word. It’s something I think women should embrace. There’s been something of a stigma to that word.” And HSN C.E.O. Mindy Grossman puts the problem down to a lack of commitment to change: “The only way it’s going to change is if the people at the top say, ‘We’re going to make a change.’ If you don’t have senior women at the top and you’re not populating your ranks, if you will, it’s not going to happen by osmosis.” [WWD]
  • The company behind Chroma Makeup, the high end cosmetics brand, is considering legal action against the Kardashians over their planned Khroma Beauty line of drugstore makeup. [TMZ]
  • Speaking of makeup, Nars opened its first store outside New York this weekend in Los Angeles. The brand plans to grow to a ten-store chain over the next five years. [WWD]
  • Thirty-seven per cent of the sales racked up by the luxury conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, which had a net income of over €3 billion last year, are attributable to just one brand: Louis Vuitton. For that reason, the company is interested in diversifying, and company head Bernard Arnault’s son Antoine has been dispatched to preside over the launch of Berluti as a men’s clothing brand. Here the younger Arnault discusses John Galliano, whom his father fired from Christian Dior last year:
  • “I’m sorry, but designers are not artists. They may have the talent of one, but if they want to work in that way they should paint or sculpt. Here they’re working in business and they need a brief. That’s what my father does so well. I’ve witnessed him do it countless times and I’m really inspired by that. You know, towards the end, my father just couldn’t talk to John Galliano at all, it was impossible — he wouldn’t listen to anything. At that point, it crashes.”
  • [Guardian]
  • Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana will return to court on December 3 to stand trial on tax charges in Italy. [WWD]
  • In order to trim costs, La Perla’s owners plan to lay off around 309 of the Bologna-based lingerie company’s 600 workers. Unions representing the affected garment workers are protesting. [WWD]
  • A book about Kylie Minogue’s fashions titled Kylie/Fashion will be released in November. [Vogue UK]
  • Forever 21 says that it has already complied with all of the Department of Labor’s requests pertaining to an investigation of alleged minimum wage and hour violations at its Los Angeles-area factories (and those of its suppliers). The Department of Labor disagrees, and on Friday filed a request to get the court to compel Forever 21 to comply with its subpoenas. [WWD]
  • The accessories brand Hayden Harnett has been acquired by AHQ, which also owns Kooba and Yak Pak. The value of the deal was not disclosed. [WWD]
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