Karl Lagerfeld Can School You In Algebra, Apparently

  • Alexa Chung says His Kaiserness Mr. Karl, The Gloved One “is actually really easy to talk to because he knows everything. So if you’re stuck you just say, ‘Um, tell me about Medieval times.'” [The Cut]
  • We suppose that since she’s been written about in the Times, it’s permissible to mention that Shareen Mitchell sells by far the best, and best-priced, vintage in Manhattan. (And if you go — and in our spammy age we do not say this lightly — sign up for her newsletter.) We dream of two things: traveling to distant Los Angeles to scour the racks at her actual warehouse, and of one day seeking her help in finding a wedding dress. [NYTimes]
  • Documentarian and model Sara Ziff‘s backstage reporting on fashion week has been riveting. Here, she asks models about their ages, and what they get paid for walking in top designers’ shows. (Most don’t know. “The agency didn’t tell me, so, I guess we’ll find out later,” says one.) Next, she interviewed people about the sexual abuse and harassment that can happen within the industry. “I think it’s getting even worse,” says Anja Rubik. “There are too many girls who will do the job if we won’t.” Picture Me, a documentary about the modeling industry which Ziff made with Ole Schell, opens tomorrow. [The Cut]
  • A runway photographer and a photographer’s assistant in the media pit were relieved of cash and a MetroCard by a nimble-fingered thief during the Michael Kors show. [WWD]
  • Ivana Trump sent a cease-and-desist letter to a Swedish fashion line called IVANAhelsinki because, in Trump’s opinion and the opinion of her lawyers, the company name is too close to her own trademarked Ivana fashion brand. [P6]
  • Mmmmmh. Cristiano Ronaldo. [YouTube]
  • Eric Wilson pronounces the Rodarte show “undoubtedly a hit of New York fashion week.” [On The Runway]
  • Meanwhile, Cathy Horyn, on Marc Jacobs: “Jacobs’s fidelity to the ’70s and to a handful of worldly, out-dancing-all-night women — one of whom, Diane Von Furstenberg, sat in his front row — doesn’t leave him much room for surprise, and this was not a collection that made people rush backstage in a drool. On the other hand, the clothes and colors put you in a good mood, and maybe that’s the draw for a fashion gypsy like Mr. Jacobs.” [NYTimes]
  • British Vogue is getting an iPad application. [WWD]
  • Scuttlebutt from the Post: “It’s a shock that Zac Posen‘s ZSpoke show this weekend actually went on. Insiders say Posen’s executive assistant, who also managed the designer’s p.r. for the past few months, quit a week before the show. Then his casting director walked out three days beforehand. Insiders described Posen’s show as ‘disorganized.'” [P6]
  • Proenza Schouler, which is owned in part by Permira, the parent company of Valentino, is said to be in discussions with Theory. Theory would have to buy out Permira, of course, but the hip New York label is said to be displeased with what it perceives as Permira’s disinterested approach. [WWD]
  • Cathy Horyn is not really a fan of fashion week’s move to Lincoln Center. [NYTimes]
  • Harvey Weinstein, husband to Georgina Chapman of Marchesa, says the secret to a happy marriage is “Two TVs. She can watch ‘Glee,’ and I can watch John Ford movies with John Wayne. Getting George to watch those … It just doesn’t happen.” [The Cut]
  • Hermès is launching a new luxury brand in China called Shang Xia. Seems a potentially dodgy move: won’t wealthy Chinese consumers want the real Hermès? [WWD]
  • The Times writes up the fashion week parties, and finds this season’s round of sponsored “signature” cocktails and guest-list-only events in whatever club were totes more fun than last season’s, [reference to Max’s Kansas City]. Alexander Wang, for example, had carnival rides. Reports Guy Trebay: “‘It’s all just about having fun,’ Mr. Wang said as he entered a party already well underway at half past 10, surveying friends he has met and plenty he hasn’t as they threw their hands in the air and tossed weighted balls at fuzzy bunnies and generally forget for a moment their obligations to the corporate fashion machine.” [NYTimes]
  • Apparently Michael Kors‘ post-show ritual is to treat his staff to pigs in blankets at Sardi’s. [NYDN]
  • FCUK has an exclusive deal with Sears to sell a new secondary line called UK Style by French Connection. [WWD]
  • Gaudy, expensive designer Lloyd Klein seems to be in trouble. He is on an indefinite “vacation” in Europe, while his employees’ pay checks are bouncing. “The economy has been brutal,” the company president admits. [P6]
  • Petra Nemcova just got a degree from the London Business School to better manage her charity foundation, the Happy Hearts Fund. “I escaped, became a nerd for a few years,” she joked. [The Cut]
  • H&M is now selling its wares online in the U.K. [Internet Retailing]
  • Meanwhile, in order to qualify to host an exclusive promotional video of the forthcoming Lanvin for H&M collection, the company is encouraging bloggers to host a widget (a piece of content created and controlled by H&M — essentially an ad) for free. Are they serious? [Fashionista]
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