Gisele Talks Her Way Out Of A Speeding Ticket


Gisele Bündchen was clocked doing 70 m.p.h. in a 55 zone while driving on Cape Cod this weekend. Two children were in the Cadillac S.U.V., presumably her son Benjamin and step-son Jack, and Bündchen was let off with a warning. The state trooper’s son later Tweeted that she autographed the citation, with kisses. [BH]
Coincidentally — or not — Bündchen is the star of a lingerie campaign in Brazil, the theme of which seems to be “Gender roles of the 1950s and how they were awesome, with boobs.” In one, Bündchen demonstrates the “correct” way to inform one’s husband that one has crashed his car (again!): while wearing lingerie. In another, she shows the “correct” way to cop to maxing out hubby’s credit cards: also while wearing lingerie. And Betty Friedan wept. [Copyranter]

15-year-old Tavi Gevinson is channeling 14-year-old Tavi Gevinson on the new 90th anniversary edition cover of L’Officiel. [TFS]

Abbey Lee Kershaw wears some serious false eyelashes on the latest cover of i-D. []

Katy Perry has pink hair on the cover of InStyle magazine. What will she think of next! [InStyle]

Lindsay Lohan will be the next face of a designer named Philipp Plein. We’ve never heard of him, and his last ads featured a model wearing a leather jacket and a bedazzled skull merkin. So this bodes well. [Fashionista]

19-year-old Karlie Kloss, who started modeling in earnest at age 14, posed for a five-page spread of implied nudes, shot by Mario Testino, in the latest issue of Allure. She covers her breasts alternately with her hands, her arms, a bra top that she holds up, and, as pictured, bubble bath froth. Some people are upset by this. [Fashion Copious]

  • People currently aged 18-29 — “millennials,” if you will — are coming of age (and learning to shop) in straitened times. This has retailers nervous. “It could be up until 2020, 2025 until people get to a situation where they feel they can spend freely,” says one analyst. “They’re probably going to have less credit card debt because they saw what happened to mom and dad.” Horrors. [WWD]
  • There is news of Kanye West‘s fashion line, brought to us by an anonymous mole inside the operation. Apparently, the samples are being made by Central St. Martins fashion students in a giant now-defunct London nightclub. The students toil under the supervision of a rotating cast of editors/stylists/designers/the head of their M.A. program/Yeezy himself. This has led to some disorganization, and some to-ing and fro-ing and to-many-cooks-ing on the “ideas” front, and some attendant frustration; the mole says the process is “slightly excruciating” and that s/he would be “amazed” if the collection is ready for Paris Fashion Week, “and that’s quite likely the reason it wasn’t shown last week at New York Fashion Week after all.” And it’s sort of samurai-inspired? “That sort of sports-luxe thang.” And at least some of it will be too expensive to produce. There is gold chainmail. [Grazia]
  • Franca Sozzani told Newsweek reporter Jacob Bernstein that Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy should “hire back John Galliano” to head up the house of Christian Dior. “It’s really a pity,” she said of the convicted racist’s estranged relationship to the fashion industry. “And I will never believe he believed what he said. I think he was drunk and alone in a bar. When people go crazy, they go crazy. It’s a human case, it’s not political or religious. He didn’t kill anyone!” Now she doesn’t want those comments “to become a big deal. I understand that it’s getting a big story. But it was not in this way that I wanted to say. I said that — Jacob was writing what I thought, so everything was perfect[ly accurate]….I only say that what he did with his talent was genius, what he did was very good for the shows and all of his collections and that he is a really talented person who made a bad mistake. But I didn’t mean hire bring him back. I only say that it’s a pity that he’ll not be there anymore. It’s completely different.” Completely. [HuffPo]
  • The garment industry was once Haiti’s largest employer, and with new international investments announced at the Clinton Global Initiative yesterday, it may once be again. Twenty thousand new jobs are promised with the construction of a new industrial park free-trade zone, anchored by a South Korean apparel manufacturer and textile miller. “Haiti’s close proximity to the U.S. gives it the advantage of shorter delivery times when nowadays speed-to-market is so important,” said the head of the Korean company. [WWD]
  • The garment industry remains a dangerous place for the many (mostly) women and girls who work in it. A Jordanian factory that fills orders for Wal-Mart, Target, Land’s End, Hanes, Macy’s, and Sears has recently seen five more of the Bangladeshi guest workers who largely comprise its staff come forward and accuse company managers of rape. “He said, if you try to do anything now, I’ll kill you right here,” says one garment worker in testimony collected by investigators working for the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. “Then he put his hands on me…he violated me. I want his judgment and that he go to jail, with that I’d be happy. So he can’t do this to another woman again.” Feel better about having missed out on that Target for Missoni sweater now? [Ecouterre]
  • Anna Wintour made Hamish Bowles try out for The X Factor. He sang “Oops!… I Did It Again.” Also, Anna Wintour is completely tone-deaf. [Racked]
  • Model agent Carole White, who is credited with managing Naomi Campbell‘s career during its crucial early and middle stages, says the industry isn’t the place for “spoiled girls.” “British girls aren’t so brave. I think they’re spoiled and their education maybe isn’t that good. Modeling’s difficult, and British girls often give up if they have a boyfriend, or they didn’t do that well in a casting or a shoot; they often say the traveling’s too hard, and they’d rather go to the festivals in the summer than actually go to New York for the shows. And they don’t have that self-discipline that Brazilian or Eastern European girls have — they really want it. And most of them are sending money back home for a reason. They come from poor backgrounds. English girls are particularly spoiled. They haven’t got any guts. That’s my biggest challenge, I have to make them all have guts.” God forbid someone should want some kind of life outside of her job. The girls who have no choice but to work, because of poverty and/or agency debt, they’re just so much more open-minded. [The Cut]
  • Meanwhile, White is one of the people upset by Marc Jacobs‘ and Gucci creative director Frida Giannini‘s alleged model-hogging ways. Jacobs moved his New York show to Thursday night, the very last moment of New York fashion week, which angered some editors who are traditionally already en route to London by that time. But then there were all the models he had on hold until the last minute. “We’re not just talking about one or two big girls,” says White, “Jacobs had numerous models holding on options right up until the day of his show meaning they all stayed in New York just in case they got cast.” That meant Friday, the opening day of London Fashion Week, was missing a lot of top models. And on Saturday, well: “Gucci demanded that girls fly to Milan on Saturday to meet Frida to see if she would consider them for her show, which meant Saturday got trashed. Then the girls were expected to fly straight back to London, and if Gucci were interested, fly back to Milan again on Sunday for another round of casting, then for fittings on Monday…I find it insulting that a designer like Frida thinks London is so insignificant that she would do that. Where’s the camaraderie?” asked White. Well, that’s one way to look at it. Another way to look at it is that a lot of models who were perhaps not traditionally considered show-worthy got a chance at some of London’s top fashion week gigs. Although for designers, losing girls at the last minute can be nerve-wracking. Todd Lynn lost 10 out of his original cast of 19. “We were getting calls from agents at 1.30am on the morning of the show pulling girls we had just fitted, while other girls just didn’t turn up to fittings at all after they’d been confirmed,” said an anonymous source close to the designer. “When we called their agencies to find out where they were, we were told sorry, they’ve gone to Milan.” [Telegraph]
  • Andrej Pejic, on modeling: “You can’t eat much if you want to do this…To do womenswear I have to be disciplined. My waist has gone from 29 to 25 inches, my hips are 35 inches.” [Daily Mail]
  • Although it may be tramped on by Jacobs and Gucci, London Fashion Week has some supporters in high places. Samantha Cameron held a cocktail reception for U.K. designers at 10 Downing Street. [WWD]
  • And Alice Temperley says, “London’s better than New York Fashion Week now. It’s so creative here, whereas New York’s more commercial.” The designer thinks London Fashion Week should be longer. [Telegraph]
  • Chloe Green, the daughter of Topshop founder Sir Philip Green (a legal resident of Monaco for tax purposes!), is launching a line of footwear called CG. The shoes will have green soles. [Daily Mail]
  • Stylist June Ambrose, who has dressed Sean Combs, Alicia Keys, Kim Cattrall, and, uh, the Dave Matthews Band is getting a reality show. This news has been greeted with some predictable negative comparisons to Rachel Zoe‘s existing show — it doesn’t help that Ambrose’s has the working title The June Ambrose Project — but Justin Fenner of Styleite is excited: “What could be that different from the dog and pony show Zoe has on Bravo? Well, a lot, actually. Ambrose has a very different client base (think rock stars, not Oscar winners) and a much different aesthetic when it comes to styling. And while Zoe is still figuring out motherhood, Ambrose is an old pro. Which sort of leads us to believe that her program won’t be dominated by the same brand of catty backstabbing and infighting that Zoe’s show has been known to spawn, but instead by sage lessons about life and clothes we can actually put to good use.” [Styleite]
  • Harper’s Bazaar is dropping to ten issues a year. [WWD]
  • West Hollywood is moving to ban sales of fur clothing within city limites. [WWD]
  • A show dedicated to Marc Jacobs’ work for Louis Vuitton, curated by Katie Grand, is opening in Milan. It includes the horrifying precessionary $42,000 Louis Vuitton frankenbag which we’d nearly managed to forget about, aaaah! [WWD]
  • Here is the sartorial analysis of the Republican presidential candidates you’ve been waiting for. [WSJ]
  • And now, a moment with Susan Orlean, who profiles Jean-Paul Gaultier in this week’s New Yorker. Gaultier says he turned down the top job at Givenchy when Bernard Arnault offered him the chance to succeed John Galliano there in 1996. He also says that he designs everything in each of his many collections himself, which sounds somewhat less than plausible. Here is Orlean on a fitting:
  • Upstairs in a workroom, Gaultier was doing a final fitting of a sheer navy-blue gown, trimmed with mink, on Karlie Kloss, an American teen-ager with important-looking eyebrows and a delicate mouth. The gown had drapes and folds and looked impossibly complicated, but Gaultier dismissed it by saying, “It’s just a scarf, and a little fur trim, and that makes a dress. It’s nothing, nothing!” It was actually quite something, regal and feminine and luxuriously classic. Gaultier became famous for designs that referenced bondage and sexuality, but many of his clothes, like the navy-blue dress, are quietly beautiful and well tailored, without any attempt to shock.
  • When I came into the workroom, Gaultier was pinching bits of fabric and adjusting the dress on Kloss, and then stepping back to consult with his corset-maker, who goes by the name of Mr. Pearl. Gaultier was wearing his usual attire of a black polo shirt and black jeans and a pair of scuffed shoes. Mr. Pearl, a small South African man who himself has worn a corset for years and at one time achieved a sixteen-inch waist, was studying the dress and rotating Kloss by pressing one hand on her hip. All the while, multiple conversations were going on, between Mr. Pearl and Gaultier, and Gaultier and his head seamstress, who scurried in and out of the room, and Gaultier and Kloss, who was saying, apropos of nothing, that she thought that someday scientists would be able to clone people. “I hope not,” Gaultier said, with a gasp. “I like that everybody’s unique.”
  • [TNY]
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