Gisele Bundchen Tops High-Earning Models List, Again

  • Gisele Bundchen garnered an estimated $25 million in the past year, notching up campaigns for everything from Dior to True Religion jeans. Rounding out Forbes‘ 10 top-earning models list are posers like Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, Kate Moss and — the sole biracial model represented — Emanuela de Paula. [Forbes]
  • A behind-the-scenes shot of Scarlett Johansson and Mario Sorrenti working on the fall Mango ads show the Tom Waits-loving actress is giving her best sexyface. []
  • Vogue Nippon and Comme des Garçons launched a pop-up store called “Magazine Alive” in Tokyo. The contents will change each month, with every new issue of Vogue NIppon — but right now features t-shirts with manga likenesses of Hedi Slimane and Donatella Versace, as well as dresses from labels like Undercover. Who else but Takashi Murakami decorated the second floor, and Karl Lagerfeld did the window-dressing. Are we brainwashed for saying that, for a pop-up store — the hackiest of all the hacky, hackneyed retail concepts out there — this actually sounds pretty cool? [WWD]
  • Barneys creative director Simon Doonan‘s life is the subject of a new television show, Beautiful People, produced by Absolutely FabulousJon Plowman, on the Logo network. Doonan’s impoverished formative years in 1950s England have been shifted in time to the 1990s, a move which he says “distilled the fun-ness of childhood and left the grimness behind.” The series opens with Doonan installing a window display at Barneys based on old men who look like lesbians, and even though everyone knows that’s a website, we would still totally watch this. Doonan says he is proud that the show tells the story of how a gay teenager was accepted by his family. [NY Times]
  • Fashion designer Nicole Farhi was among the victims of two brothers who allegedly strangled and robbed 17 women and one man in wealthy neighborhoods of London. All the people targeted survived. [Telegraph]
  • The nominees for Scottish Designer of the Year are a high-fashion pack: superstar designers Christopher Kane, Graeme Black, Jonathan Saunders, and Laura Lees are represented. Annie Lennox, Sharleen Spiteri, Jenni Falconer and Lulu are all in the running for the Scottish Style Icon of 2009 award. Other awards given at the annual event at Stirling castle on June 21 will reward Scottish photographers, makeup artists, models, and one recent fashion school graduate. [Telegraph]
  • The jury in the Trovata/Forever 21 copyright case was unable to reach a verdict, and the judge declared a mistrial late yesterday. [WWD]
  • U.S. Customs seized a shipment of counterfeit sunglasses from China with a retail value of $1.8 million. [WWD]
  • This post manages to work in mention of both the debunked “lipstick” and “hemline” economic indicators, before adding a new one, courtesy of Alan Greenspan. The men’s underwear index! Greenspan reasons that since few people see men’s underwear, it’s the first item men stop buying during a recession, preferring instead to wear out their current pairs. Sales of boxers and briefs should spike, according to this logic, when a recovery is underway, and men suddenly start replacing their threadbare underthings. Problems with this: Alan Greenspan often speaks in the language pure koan. And men, in my experience, always wear their underwear until it falls to shreds. I’ve known dudes who had four or five stained, holey pairs still in regular rotation among the newer, more hale offerings. It’s just another way in which dudes are gross, not an economic indicator. []
  • Revlon‘s share price rose 55 cents, or 10.4%, yesterday, on the back of encouraging earnings results for the first quarter of 2009. But it’s not as simple as ‘women are buying lipstick’: Revlon has replaced its CEO in a management shake-up, and says it profited because it introduced new product lines. [Crain’s]
  • DSW, after a loss in the fourth quarter of 2008, made a modest profit of $7.1 million in the first quarter of 2009. [WWD]
  • Polo Ralph Lauren reported its profits for the quarter ended March 28 declined by 57% on last year’s results, because of falling consumer spending and the company’s own restructuring and impairment costs. Same-store sales fell by over 15% during the quarter, but the report still exceeded analysts’ expectations. [Crain’s]
  • Shapewear for men is still a thing which people are trying to make happen. (Again? I was reading an early 20th century novel the other day that referred matter-of-factly to a male character’s girdle.) [WWD]
  • Oh, the old Anna Wintour ambassadorship rumor again. Contract renewal one-upmanship is such a drag. [P6]
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