Emma Didn't Mean To Call Target "Cheesy"; Gurung Gunning For Position At Major House

  • Emma Roberts says she meant to say only that putting her name on a clothing line would be tacky. Given Target isn’t hurrying to offer lines to 19-year-olds without fashion experience, this strikes us as a fairly academic point. [@RobertsEmma]
  • Rumors of a rift between Yves Saint Laurent and its chief designer, Stefano Pilati, were hotly denied yesterday. Sources had said that while accessories from the collection are selling well, sell-throughs for Pilati’s clothing are iffy, and when the designer failed to show at the Metropolitan Opera Gala earlier this week, an event YSL sponsors, tongues were wagging. (Apparently.) But the publicist says all is well and the U.S. C.E.O. says he was staying in Paris because “somebody still has to work at this company.” [DFR]
  • The Sundance Channel is repeating its fashion documentary series The Day Before. This fall, the program will follow Alexander Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, Peter Copping at Nina Ricci, Jeremy Scott, Donatella Versace, and Narciso Rodriguez. [Sundance Channel]
  • Luella Bartley received an MBE from the Queen. Her company closed last year. [Vogue UK]
  • This is, what, Scarlett Johanson‘s 18th Mango campaign? Where’s Dolce & Gabbana when you need ’em. [ONTD]
  • Proceeds from the sale of the Council of Fashion Designers of America‘s Haiti relief $25 t-shirt totaled $1 million, so the CFDA presented Bill Clinton with a check for that amount. [On The Runway]
  • Abercrombie & Fitch was recently named one of Americas worst corporations by Corporate Responsibility Magazine, in part for its secrecy and insularity. But thanks to securities filings, we now know that the troubled retailer, which saw roughly 18 months of declining same-store sales as the recession bit hard into its customer base, paid its C.E.O. Mike Jeffries $4 million dollars to limit his personal use of the corporate jet to $200,000 worth of travel each year. In 2008, Jeffries managed to run up a $1.1 million bill for personal travel on the private jet. His total pay for that year, the most recent period for which Abercrombie has released salary information, was nearly $16 million. [WSJ]
  • T. J. Maxx is opening up a third Manhattan location, at W. 57th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. [NYPost]
  • Cosmetic surgery is “against everything that [Christy] Turlington stands for,” says this beauty writer. Instead, you’ll need £300 worth of products, plus a professional “brow consultation,” to look like the super. Which is to say, to look “as if you haven’t tried.” The next beauty story in the sidebar is an instructional on Spring’s “russet eye.” Anything that sounds like a medical condition, we don’t want on our faces in this or any season. [ToL]
  • Alternatively, you could actually not wear any makeup. That’s authorized now! Kelly Cutrone and Phoebe Philo and Tonne Goodman do it. (We don’t know if we believe Marina Rust should be on this list, however. We’ve read her Vogue copy.) [T]
  • Beauty company Avon‘s shares fell 8% on Wall Street yesterday, following news that the company had to suspend four executives amidst a multi-million-dollar bribery scandal. Executives in the crucial emerging markets of China and Latin America are suspected of paying for officials’ travel and entertainment in order to gain preferential treatment. [WSJ]
  • After graduating from Parsons, Prabal Gurung sought and obtained a position in production with Cynthia Rowley, so that he’d have experience with more sides of the business. [WWD]
  • Speaking at the same event, Gurung revealed a desire to land a creative directorship at a big fashion house. [Elle UK]
  • A trove of 67 portraits that Irving Penn gave to his administrative assistant over the course of 30 years is to be auctioned at Christie’s. The collection is expected to fetch up to $2 million. [Reuters]
  • Jon Lynn, a 28-year-old Marc Jacobs employee, up and got the designer to put his band’s CD in every Marc by Marc Jacobs store. [W]
  • Pixie Geldof models the new Henry Holland collection for Debenhams, H!. She looks great, but then, when your sister is famous for doing heroin, banging dudes who suspend themselves from meathooks, and writing fluff about how like totally awesome and hard-core New York is!!! the bar is set pretty low. [Daily Mail]
  • We’d like to wish a very happy (belated!) blog birthday to Igor + Andre, which is the work of illustrator Danny Roberts. He’s now been at it for two years. [Igor + Andre]
  • Quarterly net profit at Levi’s rose 17% in the first quarter, to $56 million. [Reuters]
  • This insane dress is covered in tentacles that respond to touch. [InventorSpot]
  • The most interesting thing about this story about Facebook, nudity, and deactivated accounts is that Rick Owens apparently keeps a statue of himself pulling his dick out of his pants in his house. Is that narcissism, logic, or both? [Fashionista]
  • Women’s Wear Daily has re-posted a slideshow of six images from John Galliano‘s Spring, 2000, couture collection for Christian Dior — aka the modern genesis of homeless chic, which we’ve more recently seen from designers like Vivienne Westwood. [WWD]
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