Kanye West Rumored To Be Founding A Clothing Line — Again


There’s a rumor that Kanye West will launch his new clothing line at New York fashion week this September. Supposedly, Yeezy has hired designer Louise Goldin to oversee the collection, and has Central St. Martins’ Louise Wilson as an advisor. That Kanye would turn designer has long been said to be imminent. Previously, he has collaborated on shoe collections with Nike and Louis Vuitton, released a line of silk scarves, “interned” briefly at the Gap, and attended ever so many fashion shows where he steadfastly refuses to talk to the press. He announced a clothing line to be called Pastelle in 2008, he rapped about Pastelle, and even wore a Pastelle bomber jacket to the AMAs, but before it could enter production, Kanye pulled the plug. [Grazia]

Lara Stone stars in a new Calvin Klein underwear ad. She will also be the face of the brand for fall. [WWD]

One of the overly tanned buffoons from Jersey Shore has a clothing line called Dirty Couture. This is not to be confused with Filthy Couture, the now-defunct clothing line founded by another of the overly tanned buffoons from Jersey Shore. [Official Site]

Zappos has this new ad campaign where — get ready for some ground to be broken, ladies — the models are nude. [TLF]

  • Beyoncé spent $7500 at TopShop in one hour. [News.com.au]
  • Popular creator Ryan Murphy has a reality show in development called Model Apartment. It’ll follow six models who live together, presumably in an apartment. The cast is said to include Vogue Italia cover girls and “English indie cover boys.” Bee Shaffer, Anna Wintour‘s daughter, moved to Los Angeles to work for Murphy’s production company in May. [Fashionologie]
  • Helmut Lang shredded 6,000 garments from his archive and turned the pieces into “stalactite-like” sculptures. [WWD]
  • How much exactly does it cost to get Sarah Jessica Parker to wear your clothes on the red carpet and in the poster for Sex And The City 2? “Roughly $13 million a year,” according to sources. SJP’s just-ended deal with Halston included an equity stake in the brand. Meanwhile, Harvey Weinstein, who acquired Halston in 2007 with Hilco Consumer Capital, is also said to be ending his relationship with the company. Hilco may buy out Weinstein and Parker and turn Halston into a licensing operation. What this means for Marios Schwab, who currently designs Halston’s main collection (SJP was responsible for the lower-priced, vintage-inspired Halston Heritage line) is unclear. [WWD]
  • This profile of Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter and face of Thierry Mugler‘s A Men fragrance, is totally fascinating. Also, there’s the irresistible lede: “THE first thing that registers in a glance at the new advertising campaign for Thierry Mugler A★Men fragrance is that the model, shown running across the page, appears to have neon laser beams shooting out of his rump.” [NYTimes]
  • American Apparel has received another delisting warning from the New York Stock Exchange. It needs to change its board structure, and it has a year to do so. [WWD]
  • Karlie Kloss walks around Red Hook, Brooklyn, in an ad for Oscar de la Renta. [Fashionista]
  • Miranda Kerr named her baby Flynn Christopher after her high school boyfriend, Chris, who was killed in a car crash while the two were going out. [NYDN]
  • Victoria’s Secret angel Lily Aldridge says the work-out regimen she followed prior to her wedding “was like getting ready for a marathon, but nothing like getting ready for the Victoria’s Secret fashion show — that’s a whole different level.” [WWD]
  • Patrick Schwarzenegger, the son of Ahnuld and Maria Shriver, is rumored to be starring with Georgia May Jagger in the next Hudson jeans ads. [Fashionista]
  • Tom Ford is behaving a bit more like a regular fashion designer. He’ll be showing on the schedule at London fashion week this coming season. Two seasons ago, Ford did a super-secret, off-schedule show in New York and confiscated all his guests’ cameras (though Cathy Horyn sort of TwitPic’d anyway), and last season he took things further by revealing his collection only to buyers, not critics, at private showroom appointments. So does this mean we’ll see photos of Ford’s spring collection in September? [Vogue UK]
  • “THE vast airfield was throbbing with heavy-metal music and done up like a post-apocalyptic scene out of Mad Max. Thousands of stylized Berliners flooded the area, bouncing between vintage Airstreams selling cocktails and art installations: tusk-like sculptures that formed an enormous ring, glowing car-size orbs, an eccentric band of pilots in top hats riding motorized sculptures that looked like giant wind-up tin toys. At one point, in the shadow of a formidable but antiquated airport terminal, a gang dressed like 1950s greasers started swinging baseball bats at rusty cars. Onlookers joined the orchestrated riot, tipping over one of the cars.” One part The Warriors, one part Burning Man, one part “I’ll take 100,000 of your t-shirts, please.” Why can’t all apparel trade shows be as awesome as Berlin’s Bread & Butter? MAGIC, we’re looking at you, and your persistent lack of glowing orbs. [NYTimes]
  • One of the contestants on the next season of Project Runway is a former Miss Trinidad & Tobago with a sex tape scandal in her recent past. [Gawker]
  • There’s also a contestant named Gunnar Deatherage. (Is it weird to hope he was named for Gunnar Myrdal?) [Lifetime]
  • A London Jimmy Choo store was burgled to the tune of £40,000. But the robbers took only handbags, not shoes. [Vogue UK]
  • Lawyers for Yves Saint Laurent in the brand’s ongoing dispute with Christian Louboutin over red-soled shoes say “Louboutin’s trademark should have never been granted. We just don’t think that any fashion designer should be able to monopolize any color.” [WWD]
  • Charles Colman, the attorney who defended WTForever21 blogger Rachel Kane from the retailer’s attempts to shut her site down seems like a nice guy. [Above The Law]
  • Fast Retailing, the Japan-based parent company of chain Uniqlo, reported a 20.5% drop in profits for the first nine months of this year compared with the same period last year. The company still made $647.22 million. [WWD]
  • Meanwhile, Japan fashion week is now sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, the same company that has sponsored New York fashion week since 2001. [WWD]
  • It costs $999 to attend a four-day “model camp” in New York City. As always, anyone interested in modeling professionally is best advised to do three things: put on a bikini, do not wear makeup, and take unretouched snapshots to send to reputable agencies. If they like your look, you’ll hear back. [NYDN]
  • These anonymous fashion intern diaries are strangely compelling. This PR intern had to unpack and count 4,000 cups. [StyleList]
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