Julianne Moore And Lion Cubs Is The Cutest Thing You Will See Today

  • Julianne Moore is returning as the face of Bulgari for fall. With baby lions. Baby lions that make it very difficult to even think about the handbags. Baby lions! Lion babies! [Frockwriter]
  • More September cover news: LeBron James will be on the cover of GQ, Blake Lively was chosen for Interview, Cosmopolitan shot Jessica Alba, and the rest you probably don’t even care about. [WWD]
  • “I’m definitely responsible for the image that I put out there,” says Eva Mendes. “But it does become frustrating, because I don’t want ‘sexy’ to be my defining characteristic. I’d love for my ambition and will and intellect and sense of humor to define me as well.” [StyleList]
  • Padma Lakshmi: “I’d like to eventually open a very high-end general store, like they have in Paris. I want to sell everything — gourmet teas from my Easy Exotic culinary line, handbags, silver mirrors and frames, and beautiful jersey dresses. I don’t need to make all of it — it can be stuff that I hunted and gathered. Whether I’m making a recipe or a piece of jewelry or a white-rose-and-jasmine tea or the perfume, I like to think of myself as a happy little sorceress, and if I could just have a little general store with all that stuff and give people a sense of my taste, that would be lovely. There’s a great quote from Elsa Schiaparelli: ‘A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.'” [The Cut]
  • “I love women with bigger bottoms and larger thighs,” says Daisy Lowe. “I think it’s so sexy.” [WWD]
  • Nikki Six and the former creative director of St. John are working on a line together. What? [Racked]
  • The Los Angeles County Museum of Art asked a variety of famous people to do sketches inspired by items from the permanent collection. Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte were among those who participated, and you can have the drawings texted to your phone if you text LACMA to 67553. [WWD]
  • It had to happen: Lady Gaga is said to be releasing a branded perfume with Coty. [MarketingMagazine]
  • Diane von Furstenberg designed new costumes for the Rockettes — little rompers in a heart print. She’s also taking 24 Rockettes to Vienna to perform at the amfAR ball. [P6]
  • Italy is accusing Belgian designer Dirk Bikkembergs of running a $139.6 million tax-evasion scheme. They allege that although the designer’s company is based in Italy and manufactures its wares there, it does not declare its income in Italy and instead pays taxes in Luxembourg. Bikkembergs disputes the charges. [WWD]
  • New from American Apparel: A topless girl, riding a horse, in too-small pants. [Copyranter]
  • Retailers are experimenting with “concepts” they consider “edgy,” like a store that only sells accessories, in order to get “younger” consumers to shop more. [WWD]
  • This video, in which Rachel Zoe faces down a Rachel Zoe impersonator, is like stilted Dada fashion theater. Or perhaps we just boarded a flight of one to nutsville, crazytown. [FabSugar]
  • Google‘s interminable legal scrap with Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy over the search giant’s decision to allow parties not authorized by the trademark holders to purchase trademarked terms as keyword ads is heading to the French court of appeals. [WWD]
  • Alessandra Ambrosio, dressed in black and white and dripping with gold, looks every part the supercilious lady-who-lunches in these hilarious Moschino fall ads. [The Cut]
  • The Chinese apparel industry is worried it could face devastating layoffs if the yuan indeed appreciates against the dollar. [WWD]
  • Stella McCartney will design the (Adidas-branded) uniforms for the English Olympic team in 2012, the Olympiad that London is of course hosting. [Vogue UK]
  • Jenna Lyons is now president of J. Crew, in addition to Executive Creative Director. [WWD]
  • Lulu Guinness now has an iPhone/iPad app. You can use it to add her clutch purses to photos you upload. [InStyle UK]
  • In the last quarter, Levi’s losses grew to $14.4 million. During the same period last year, the company lost a comparatively modest $4.1 million. [WWD]
  • Bodkin (and Hessnatur) designer Eviana Hartman, who says her personal style is “often a product of laziness,” just got back from a trip to New Mexico: “I went crazy at one thrift store and bought all of this vintage Chico’s art-mom stuff, like boxy tunics that I’ll wear as minidresses, a long knitted vest, and a linen vest covered with shell buttons. Now I’m feeling like dressing like a Santa Fe healing-arts practitioner circa 1998 for the rest of the summer.” [The Cut]
  • Prada is launching $245 “limited-edition” eyewear inspired by jazz music. [WWD]
  • After Anne Christensen wasn’t, as the rumor mill had predicted, promoted to editor-in-chief at T after Stefano Tonchi departed for W, incoming editor Sally Singer of Vogue wanted to bring in her own team, and Christensen gamely tendered her resignation. Well, she’s landed on her feet: Glamour just announced Christensen will become its new executive fashion director. [P6]
  • Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive is said to have interviewed everyone from Kate Lanphear to Nina Garcia to fill the position. One requirement was “sufficient fashion cred and a willingness to shoot on a variety of body types,” writes the Daily. [DFR]
  • Origins is closing its two sales counters in France. [WWD]
  • Lazaro Hernandez, on whom he and Jack McCollough were most surprised to meet: “We were both pretty star-struck when we met Vivienne Westwood — I just couldn’t believe we were meeting her. There she was with her bright pink hair (she hadn’t dyed it red at that point), and this outrageous outfit.” [Vogue UK]
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