Elle MacPherson Proudly, Stupidly Eats Rhino Horn

  • Elle MacPherson eats powdered rhino horn as a dietary supplement, because, “It works for me.” Except: rhinos are endangered, and the only way to get rhino horn is to cut one off a rhino and leave it to die. [TOL]
  • “I was there,” says Carol White, who represented Naomi Campbell for 17 years and traveled with her to South Africa in 1996, where the supermodel allegedly received a blood diamond from Charles Taylor. “He did give it to her. It was a small, uncut diamond. I am totally surprised that Naomi hasn’t admitted it.” White also says that representing Campbell could be “a bloody nightmare… She was very hard work, unpredictable and you never quite knew if she was going to turn up. I just took care of her, almost as a mother would. I also worked out that you should never get close to her. I watched so many people think they were her best friend. In her case, familiarity did breed contempt. I think she is very driven by not wanting to go back to where she came from.” Weirdly, she puts Campbell’s personality issues down to the fact that she is a Gemini. [Guardian]
  • Madonna‘s fall campaign for Dolce & Gabbana has been revealed — and she is still playing that Italian housewife character. [WWD]
  • Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen, whose androgynous good looks and versatility have long made her one of our favorites, booked the August cover of British Vogue. Unfortunately, they gave her name as “Freya Beha Erichsen.” That’s why we have Vogue UK Copywatch! [Vogue UK]
  • Iris Apfel is amazing. The end. [Observer]
  • Jared Leto cut and dyed his hair into a peroxide mohawk for the Dior couture show in Paris. [JustJared]
  • Blake Lively sketched the outfits in the show as each model came down the runway. [CBS]
  • Stephane Rolland‘s couture collection was inspired by Anish Kapoor‘s “Cloud Gate,” otherwise known as the Chicago bean. [Vogue UK]
  • Couture is selling great, just great! say the (mostly privately held) companies that sell couture. Everybody wants to buy dresses that cost more than cars! The demand is huge! No, really! [WWD]
  • Hollister claims it has totally fixed its bed bug infestation — which raged for a month before the company closed its SoHo outpost — in a mere three days. What kind of magical diotomaceous earth does that? Meanwhile, Abercrombie & Fitch‘s South Street Seaport store has been hit. Bed bugs seem to hate overpriced, overhyped, creepy teen retailers as much as we do. [WWD]
  • Kate Moss booked the fall Isabel Marant campaign. She wears acid-wash blue jeans and a striped oversized sweater. [TLF]
  • One way to trim the fat from the production budget might be shooting on location in head office. [WWD]
  • Crystal Renn, Edita Vilkeviciute, Missy Rayder, Guinevere Van Seenus, and their boobies, all feature in a new V editorial. NSFW. [Fashionising]
  • “I went through a ton of makeup.” Fashion illustrator Daisy de Villeneuve, on drawing Marilyn Monroe, Angelina Jolie, Audrey Hepburn, and Cheryl Cole with cosmetics. [Vogue UK]
  • Little Boots had to move house because she ran out of room for her shoes. [Observer]
  • Figure skater Johnny Weir celebrated his 26th birthday with friends like Richie Rich in attendance. [P6]
  • Garance Doré shot the fall Love Moschino campaign. According to British Vogue, it is her first advertising work. [Vogue UK]
  • Bill Nighy: “One of the reasons I like a suit is because I’ve never been that keen on my body. The shape a suit presents is always going to be better than anything I can do. When it comes to casual clothing my enthusiasm for clothes starts to waver. I’d kill myself before wearing a pair of tracksuit bottoms. If you ever see me in a social setting wearing any sort of sportswear, then you know I’m in crisis.” [Guardian]
  • Valentino is opening a 21,500 square foot private museum to hold its archives, including thousands of dresses and more than 10,000 sketches. It will be available to the public by appointment, starting in September. [WWD]
  • Here is a pair of $800 Alexander McQueen sandals, bisected by a zipper. [TLF]
  • Before his untimely death, McQueen chose a rose to honor Isabella Blow. The rose was recently shown at a flower show in London. [Telegraph]
  • Clearly someone still believes in the future of print: L’Officiel might be launching a new U.S. edition. [WWD]
  • It seems weirdly appropriate that Jefferson Hack should have a candle that burns with the scent of fresh magazine print. [Observer]
  • The chief executive of fabulously expensive Italian suit maker Brioni has resigned. Or is believed to have resigned — nobody’s confirming, yet. [WWD]
  • Here’s another quick glance at Gucci‘s kids collection. [TLF]
  • Bloomingdale’s is opening a Santa Monica outpost. [WWD]
  • Who would have thunk it? A beauty product marketed to women could be harmful to our health! [NYTimes]
  • The cast of The Hills has been immortalized on a commemorative Chuck Taylor sneaker. [@stephaniepratt]
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