Jourdan Dunn Rules The Runway; Hairy Unibrows Give Us Nightmares

  • Jourdan Dunn returned to the catwalk at London Fashion Week two months after giving birth. [Vogue UK]
  • Alexa Ray Joel is the new face of Prell shampoo, 24 years after her mother, Christie Brinkley, had the same gig. [Daily Express]
  • As we previously reported, this weekend, Crystal Renn was among several plus-size models to walk in Mark Fast‘s London fashion week show. Imagine that! Plus models and straight-size models, in the same dresses, on the same catwalk, as though the designer wanted to say they were somehow all beautiful and eligible to wear his clothes, or something. [StyleList]
  • Lindsay Lohan‘s spokesman flatly denied rumors the actress was blacklisted from New York fashion week — including by designer Jill Stuart, who once put Lohan in an ad campaign. Lindsay “got hundreds of invitations” to fashion week events and shows. She was merely too busy to attend any. [Daily Express]
  • André Leon Talley brought Whoopi Goldberg as his date to Calvin Klein. [FWD]
  • Got questions for Donatella Versace? Got a computer? Hit up her Facebook page today, and she might pick yours to respond to in video after her show in Milan. [WWD]
  • “I can flick and catch 52 beer mats with one hand. How did I learn to do that? Drinking beer, of course.” Natalia Vodianova, ladies and gentlemen. [Guardian]
  • “I wouldn’t have plastic surgery in case they fuck it up.” — Jane Birkin. Equally suspicious of hairdressers, she also cuts her own hair. [ToL]
  • “You can’t get tickets to the big shows for love or money, and it’s impossible to get a table in Scott’s, The Wolseley or Cipriani unless you book far in advance. Credit crunch — what credit crunch?” Boutique granola brand owner Lucy O’Donnell, who continued, “What, some people are losing their homes? Why don’t they just go live in their holiday homes, like, duh?” before climbing into her horse-drawn carriage, drawing an ermine over her lap, and tucking into a slice of cake. “Cake. I always say, ‘Let them eat cake!'” (Okay, so we made those last two quotes up.) [WWD]
  • At London fashion week, designers are showing longer skirts and oversized jackets. Everything’s oversized! Except for the models. [AP]
  • “I want to create art more than anything and the way I want to do it is through fashion. I want to go to the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and really learn the basics of fashion from the ground up.” — Olympic skater Johnny Weir, who designed two of his skating costumes for Vancouver. [Yahoo!]
  • Helena Christensen once, on Annie Leibovitz‘s orders, had to dress as a bride and drag a naked Matthew Barney around a set with silk ribbons. “I had to drag him out onstage via these silk ribbons that I only later on, during the show, realized were attached to a very special part of him. Because it was one of my first jobs, I strongly considered changing careers.” [The Cut]
  • “I just think the Kardashians have an absence of taste and I don’t think that that should be perpetuated. I’m sorry I’m sounding like an old farty snob but it bothers me.” — Tim Gunn, who in the same interview compares reality television to “throwing people to the lions in ancient Rome.” [Wonderwall]
  • “I haven’t seen so many scary-looking girls this time. I was just at a show sitting with the husband of a designer who said a girl came in for a fitting and her legs looked like poles, and they said, ‘No.’ It was great at Calvin’s show to see some of the old girls back, like Stella Tennant and Kristen McMenamy, and Michael Kors had Frankie Rayder. They’re gorgeous girls. They weren’t beanpoles, they’re still gorgeous.” Fern Mallis thinks this season’s shows featured healthier-looking models. Our eyes would have to respectfully disagree. [The Cut]
  • “Fashion has always seemed so closed-off, and that’s such a shame as ordinary women are the life blood of this industry. We need to nurture them and it’s nice to see their reactions and a fresh pair of eyes.” — Erin O’Connor, who hosted an in-season show open to the public this past weekend at London fashion week. [ToL]
  • “It’s my name that brings in the cash,” says Pierre Cardin. [Telegraph]
  • Proenza Schouler and J Brand are doing a line of “exaggerated high-rise skinny jeans” together. Available this summer. [People]
  • Apparently not content with running a site like the Internet’s vast, gloriously disordered backyard sale, eBay is launching a sale page that will feature limited-duration sales from different designers. Like Gilt, or Ideeli. The Fashion Vault will host its first weekly sale in March, and the company expects to increase sale frequency quickly. eBay is also partnering with Lord & Taylor, Brooks Brothers, and others, to create an “online outlet mall.” [WWD]
  • Urban Outfitters plans to open six more stores across Europe during the rest of 2010. This is part of its plan to grow slowly into the market across the Atlantic. [BW]
  • After this latest round of collections in New York, buyers are cautiously optimistic that fall could be the season the customers come back. “People are going to need to do a lot of updating,” said the co-owner of Manhattan boutique Kirna Zabête. Many still have reservations about pricing — the sheer amount of fur that walked down the runway last week certainly gives us pause for more than just the obvious reasons. [WWD]
  • Alexander McQueen‘s last McQ presentation was hurriedly canceled in the wake of the designer’s suicide. But you can see pictures of the collection here. [ViewOnFashion]
  • Piazza Sempione and Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli are each donating money to disaster relief in Haiti. [WWD]
  • You can now special order monogrammed Louis Vuitton goods from the comfort of your home Internet connection. To get your initials — in your choice of 17 different colors! — applied to a Monogram canvas bag before the cloth body is coated and sealed will cost you $940-$4,070. [WWD]
  • Prada‘s costumes for the Metropolitan Opera‘s production of Attila — the costumes Miuccia famously didn’t want to make for non-model-sized people — involve a lot of studs and leather. [Fashionista]
  • Zandra Rhodes is adding a diffusion line to her empire, called Z by Zandra Rhodes. [WWD]
  • Hairy unibrows: perfect for that high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Or, you know, the Topshop Unique show. [Fashion Copious]
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