January Jones Goes Nude For Versace

  • January Jones‘ reward for holding up the spring Versace show by over an hour is apparently…the brand’s spring campaign. Says Donatella Versace, “In January I feel I have found a perfect Versace woman for the 21st century.” [WWD]
  • Turns out the designer of the t-shirts sold at that celebration of “centrist” politics at Columbia university yesterday totally ripped off an indie designer. We suppose intellectual property protections are just way too partisan for those folks. [City Room]
  • Naomi Campbell: “Oh wow, if I was blessed enough to fall pregnant or have a child then that’s in God’s hands. I’d be thrilled.” Clearly, someone is trying to baby-trap her Russian billionaire boyfriend. [Mirror]
  • Madonna‘s Material Girl clothing line — the one she and Lourdes “design” together — is expanding into Canada next year. [WWD]
  • By the way, Mario Testino‘s engagement portraits of Kate Middleton and Prince William were airbrushed. Like every other photograph. [NYObs]
  • Reiss will reissue the white ruffled dress that Middleton wore in one of those portraits. [The Cut]
  • Natalie Portman has been carrying a $1,330 book-purse made by Olympia Le Tan from a copy of Lolita [NYObs]
  • And despite being a longtime vegan, Portman has no ethical qualms about being a face of Dior, a brand known for its use of fur and leather. “One of the things that’s been so nice is that Dior made all of the shoes for me with no animals and no leather or anything because I don’t wear any leather… They remade all my shoes so I can wear Dior shoes without taking lives,” she explained. Which leaves Portman free to shill for Dior perfumes, so Dior can build up its brand and sell more leather goods! [InStyle UK]
  • Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani put all of her blog posts for the magazine’s website between hard covers. A book entitled The Whims of Fashion is the result. [WWD]
  • Watch out, wayward paparazzos and traders in coke-pants: Lindsay Lohan is being let out of rehab today. She has to attend a court hearing because she’s being sued by a photographer who claims he was offered a stake in her 6126 clothing line in exchange for working for the brand. Dude says he was never paid. [Contactmusic]
  • “I have never been married to any man, or to anyone for that matter,” said Marc Jacobs when a writer asked him about his ex, Lorenzo Martone. “And look, there’s my new boyfriend, Robbie.” That would be his business partner, the recently married Robert Duffy. [P6]
  • Chau Har Lee, Christopher Raeburn, Craig Lawrence, David Koma, Dominic Jones, Fannie Schiavoni, Felicity Brown, Heikki Salonen, Holly Fulton, Jordan Askill, JS Lee, JW Anderson, Louise Gray, Mary Katrantzou, Michael van der Ham, Nasir Mazhar, Thomas Tait and Yang Du have all won the British Fashion Council‘s Newgen sponsorship to help them show at the next London Fashion Week. Newgen is funded by Topshop. [Vogue UK]
  • Justin Timberlake‘s clothing line, William Rast, launched its upcoming Target collaboration with a party in L.A. [Fashionista]
  • Toni Hacker and Ben Harnett of the label Hayden-Harnett have some issues with quickie celebrity fashion collaborations. “It’s everything that’s bad about mass consumerism, reality TV. Sign off on whatever, whether it’s a good idea or a bad idea. I think it was the [Kardashian] credit card thing that kind of put me over the edge. I was like, that’s just… horrible.” A couple after our own hearts. And on the news that Jessica Simpson‘s licensing empire is doing sales of nearly $1 billion annually: “Okay, that’s great for her, and that’s great for her people, but what are they leaving behind? A billion dollar’s worth of polyvinyl chloride bags that are going to end up in a dump because it’s trendy, it falls apart, and that’s that. That’s the bad thing about fast fashion. I’m a fan of H&M, I’m a fan of Ikea […] But I do not buy cheap shoes, I do not buy anything made out of PVC that’s just never going to decompose and is going to sit in a landfill. That’s where this stuff ends up. Who hangs onto a $48 PVC bag? That stuff is you’re in, you’re out. Whereas we’re making 50 pieces in a run of one of our leather bags. For the Fantasia stuff —” Hayden-Harnett produced a couple bags for Disney, to celebrate the re-release of Fantasia “— we got crazy and we’re doing 100.” [The Gloss]
  • “I love Caravaggio,” says Italian designer Giovanni Bedin. “I love Bacon. And I love Damien Hirst. Are they related? Yes! No? Whatever.” Meet the guy who’s trying to revivify the House of Worth. Apparently he’s into art. [WSJ]
  • The woman who did the costumes for The Tourist, which nobody saw, also worked with Johnny Depp on Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, and Alice In Wonderland. She says making him look like an average dude was a challenge. [Vogue UK]
  • Speaking of Depp, here’s the trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Former model Gemma Ward, who plays a mermaid named Tamara in the movie, is briefly featured. [Fashionologie]
  • “I don’t want to do anything that’s unhealthy for me. I mean, drinking is one thing — overdrinking is another. And drugs are something I don’t tolerate at all.” Forgive us, but for a 24-year-old Leighton Meester sounds really boring. [Allure]
  • Georgia May Jagger gave, in our opinion, a surprisingly honest and coherent answer when asked how she felt about her Rimmel mascara ad being banned for misleading customers by using false eyelashes: ” Well, to be honest, I don’t think a lot of people realize that they use falsies in all of their ads and every other mascara brand in England…I personally don’t see how someone could look at that and not see false eyelashes, but maybe that’s just because I’m used to makeup. I think that it was the whole 1-2-3 thing, cause it’s supposed to give you a bigger look each time, so I think it was the emphasis on that that confused people. In France, they banned false eyelashes, so they do computer-generated eyelashes, which I think is a lot less realistic…It has nothing to do with me; it’s to do with Rimmel. I feel bad it’s not going to be used anymore for them, but you know, I’m sure this kind of thing happens and they were probably expecting it.” [Fashionista]
  • Polish model Ramona Chmurra says what she’s learned from makeup artists is this: “It’s possible to make smoky eyes using a lighter and a wine cork! It’s an emergency party trick, I guess.” [WWD]
  • We realize this may shock you, but a study indicates that beauty ads tend to make women feel bad about themselves. [NYTimes]
  • Retail sales in the U.S. rose 2.7% at specialty stores and 2.8% at department stores from October to November. [WWD]
  • Oh by the way, there’s this really cool label called Clemens en August, it only sells via actual art galleries and tonnes of celebrities and supermodels wear it like secretly and today it’s on The Outnet, remember that luxury “discount” site run by the folks at Net-A-Porter? Yeah, that one. And it has a really wicked hot shit publicist, because we have read basically this exact series of random factoids about Clemens en August on like fifteen blogs this morning. [Elle UK]
  • The Red Rooster, chef Marcus Samuelsson‘s long-awaited Harlem restaurant, opens “this week,” according to the unhelpfully imprecise folks at Women’s Wear Daily. Is this a fashion story? Hell no. But it is fucking awesome and you can expect us to bum-rush the door at the first seating, because we’ve been waiting for this moment for months. Months, Samuelsson, do you hear? [WWD]
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