Kimora Fired From Baby Phat For Racking Up Retouching Costs

  • “Sources” are saying that Kimora Lee Simmons didn’t leave Baby Phat, the fashion line she founded — she was fired. Allegedly, she was kicked out for being too spendthrift. For example: “It costs thousands of dollars to airbrush her.”
  • Continued the source, “Kimora was going over-budget. She’d pay herself a fee to be in the ads, plus she paid her children fees to appear in ads.” And: “They spent a ton of money on body doubles. They would shoot another model in the clothes, and take Kimora‘s head and put in on her body.” We, um, knew that already. [P6]
  • Kellwood — the same company that allegedly just fired Simmons — has acquired designer Adam Lippes‘ eponymous Adam brand. Lippes is working on two secondary lines that he expects to launch in January. [WWD]
  • At this coming fashion week, Condé Nast will have two sets of reporters and photographers covering and reviewing the shows, for two different online properties: and Nobody seems to find this in any way…redundant. [WWD]
  • Vogue Russia‘s September issue — the last produced under ex-editor Aliona Doletskaya‘s watch — features a pig wearing jewelry. Wait, does that pig have eyeliner? Lord help them if PETA gets wind of this. [Fashionologie]
  • Count “With the first round of the U.S. Open beginning Monday, most of the attention is on the courts. But for tennis’ top five women, does their fashion sense warrant the same rankings?” among the Questions We Don’t Want To Know The Answers To. [WWD]
  • American Apparel may cut its advertising budget, which was already slashed by around 40%. [WWD]
  • Now Prada is counter-suing former manager Rina Bovrisse for having the audacity to sue them for discrimination and wrongful termination. Bovrisse says that when Prada directed her to fire or demote managers who “didn’t have the Prada look,” she declined — and was fired. [AFP]
  • Executive Ralph Toledano (whom Cathy Horyn just name-checked as the reason for Chloé‘s success, in her piece on Ungaro) is no longer in charge at the fashion house. It is believed he was pushed out because Chloé‘s sales growth wasn’t as spectacular as they were in the early 2000s. But among luxury brands, whose sales growth is as spectacular now as then? [WWD]
  • Sally Singer hired Danielle Steele‘s daughter Vanessa Traina at T. [WWD]
  • Diane von Furstenberg is selling a tote bag for charity. [Vogue UK]
  • Jones New York threw a party for a bunch of fashion editors and offered to fit them all for free suits, but only “those still allowed to accept freebies” could lower themselves to accept. What is the world coming to, indeed, when an editor can’t get a free bespoke suit from a company she or he reports on? [WWD]
  • Noted fashion photographer Nigel Barker: gives leftovers to panhandlers, drinks tequila and Guinness together, would love to photograph Donald Trump. [The Cut]
  • Women’s Wear Daily isn’t buying this “Jo Calderone is a mechanic from Sicily” business, either. [WWD]
  • Designer (and Gaga collaborator) Zaldy, on what he would love to have for fall: “All of the tweed suiting with built-in armor from Comme des Garçons. And I must have one of the two black leather coats from Rick Owens! Probably the long one! I’ll have the entire Ann Demeulemeester collection, I can’t decide. This collection makes me want to walk around Prague and bite somebody!” [NYTimes]
  • Rebecca Minkoff, who just added a men’s accessories line, will launch a women’s shoe collection for spring. [WWD]
  • This piece asks, whatever happened to Cindy Crawford, Elle MacPherson, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Claudia Schiffer? Whatever, indeed. [InStyle]
  • These denim underpants that Dree Hemingway is wearing in this Spanish campaign do not look comfortable. [R1ma]
  • Chanel Iman cut her hair into a sort of shaggy pixie. [TLF]
  • British Vogue is releasing a book called Vogue Models this October. [Vogue UK]
  • As rumored, Alexander Wang will be opening his first store this fall, in downtown New York. He’ll be taking over the space Yohji Yamamoto had to vacate due to bankruptcy. [Vogue]
  • L’Oréal‘s net profits for the first six months of this year rose just over 21% on the same period last year. [WWD]
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