Julia Roberts' First Lancôme Ad Revealed; UK Chain Store Abjures Airbrushing


In a shocking turn of events, Julia Roberts was airbrushed down to her (now disappeared) pores for her first Lancôme ad. [Daily Mail]

  • Louis Vuitton‘s fanny pack is exactly as hideous as you’d expect — and costs $1,970. [TLF]
  • Yesterday, Vogue publisher Tom Florio announced he would be departing from Condé Nast after 25 years there to start his own company. [NYDN]
  • Vogue had been struggling for ad pages for so long — and generally faring worse in the recession than competitors like Elle — that there were apparently rumors that Florio might be fired last fall. But both parties are portraying the resignation as amicable. Florio is expected to go into entertainment. “It could be in TV; it could be on many platforms. It also could be that I will be working closely with Condé Nast. We’ll see,” said Florio, who apparently took a meeting with IMG shortly after the official announcement. [WWD]
  • The U.K. chain Debenhams, which stocks collections from designers like Henry Holland and the noted fat-o-phobe Julien MacDonald, has decided against digitally retouching its latest ad campaign. So proud is the store of this decision, in fact, that it provided a sample, retouched version of one of its campaign shots, just to show what another store would have changed — but not Debenhams. M.P. Jo Swinson said, “More and more people are realising that airbrushing and other trickery are not necessary in order for women to look beautiful. I am sure that what this will demonstrate is that swimwear modelled by real women who have not been retouched can sell just as well as products advertised with extensive airbrushing, which has become the norm.” [Daily Mail]
  • Bare Escentuals is sending these hot-pink vans to criss-cross the U.S.A., starting with the East Coast. The vans will stop at department stores to run promotions, hand out samples, and do people’s makeup. Wait, don’t department store beauty counters do that kind of thing anyway? [WWD]
  • Disney‘s high-fashion merch-making marches on: Costello Tagliapietra, Henry Holland, and Jonathan Saunders have each designed t-shirts to herald the release of Toy Story 3. [Fashionista]
  • British photographer Rankin‘s new book includes his pictures of Kate Moss, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, and the Queen, among others. [Vogue UK]
  • Sadie Frost, Jude Law‘s designer ex-wife, apparently had an angry Twitter exchange with Sienna Miller. Frost was upset that Miller cut her daughter Iris’ hair while Frost was on the Isle of Wight, and supposedly tweeted at Miller, “I think ya should get ya own child and then cut their hair.” Her account has now been deleted. [Daily Mail]
  • The C.E.O. of David Jones, one of Australia’s largest department store chains, has abruptly resigned after sexually-harassing a 25-year-old employee. Mark McInnes admitted he had behaved in “a manner unbecoming of the high standard expected of a chief executive officer to a female staff member. I formally acknowledge that I have committed serious errors of judgment.” David Jones gave him a $1.73 million bonus upon his departure. [WWD]
  • OMG! Samantha Cameron and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy met. And they were wearing clothes. [Daily Mail]
  • Jacquetta Wheeler worked with Annie Leibovitz at Grand Central Station. Her behind-the-scenes shots are cool, but Wheeler doesn’t say what the shoot was for. Vogue? [Vogue UK]
  • Meanwhile, Leibovitz asked for a tour of Richard Avedon‘s former studio/home. Now owned by Oliver Sarkozy, half-brother to that guy who runs France, the Upper East Side townhouse is on the market for nearly $12 million. [P6]
  • In other Manhattan fashion real estate news, the Taharis sold their SoHo triplex for over $25 million. [P6]
  • Luggage brand Goyard released a company history book. It comes in its own carrying case, and only 233 will be made. [TLF]
  • Stella McCartney and her husband, Alasdhair Willis, have announced that they are expecting their fourth child. [Vogue UK]
  • Michael Kors: Now curing cancer. [WWD]
  • Patrick Demarchelier was apparently shooting a fall Express campaign downtown yesterday with the models Arlenis Sosa, Jessica Stam, and Izabel Goulart. [The Cut]
  • Manolo Blahnik for Liberty of London is sadly not as colorful as we would have expected. [Grazia]
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