Lady Gaga Wears Prada; Kate Spade Rips Off Indie Designer

  • Lady Gaga wore a custom Prada dress on her Monster Ball tour stop in Dublin.
  • And Fergie wore a tiny corset dress by the Blonds, whose fashion week show we so much enjoyed. [JustJared]
  • Olympia Le Tan — whose clutches that look just like books we’ve covered before — is understandably upset that her idea appears to have been taken by none other than über-brand Kate Spade. Kate Spade’s creative director, Deborah Lloyd, led a team that designed new covers for real books, but otherwise, the idea is indeed the same. [@Olympialetan]
  • Sheila Bair may not have had Vogue-ready looks in the estimation of the august ladymag, but Vogue did finally manage to address the financial crisis and ensuing recession by…profiling Timothy Geithner. The treasury secretary is described as ” A lithe and athletic 48 years old, Geithner … has the kind of looks that can go either way: Half an inch one way he’s John F. Kennedy; half an inch the other he’s Lyle Lovett.” [Politico]
  • L’Oréal‘s chairman, Lindsay Owen-Jones, passed up the $1.2 million bonus the company offered for services rendered during the year 2009. C.E.O. Jean-Paul Agon turned down stock options for the same year. Owen-Jones wasn’t exactly struggling to make ends meet on a $2.7 million salary, but still: wouldn’t it be nice if this kind of (relative) executive restraint became more common? [WWD]
  • Janet Jackson sat front-row at Todd Lynn in London. “I guess we both like that futuristic feel when it comes to style,” says the designer. “I’ve always been a fan of sci-fi and for me it’s all about sci-fi that doesn’t look completely stereotypical. It’s the dark side of future.” [Telegraph]
  • Kim Kardashian‘s disingenuous response to the revelation that one of her signature pieces for Bebe is in fact a direct knock-off of a fall ’09 dress from Fendi — a label she wears frequently — is to say, essentially, “What? All Bebe does is make knock-offs. Duh.” [CocoPerez]
  • Vivienne Tam is launching a lower-priced line, Vivienne Vivienne Tam, that will wholesale for $29-$99. [WWD]
  • During what may have been Alexander McQueen‘s last interview, with the U.K. magazine Matches, the designer — six days before he took his own life — said that he enjoyed the Natural History Museum, was happiest when at home with his dogs, and considered himself “an East End boy at heart!” [Grazia]
  • For something perhaps slightly more substantial, albeit less recent, an episode of Charlie Rose from 1997 featuring McQueen has been dug up on Hulu. [BB]
  • Noting that Naomi Campbell has been wearing an awful lot of spring 2010 McQueen samples as of late, and that shortly after the designer’s death the house asked for the immediate return of any samples that were on loan, The Cut wonders if the model might better honor his legacy by honoring his (or at least his company’s) wishes. [The Cut]
  • Hedi Slimane gave what is calling his first interview in almost three years, and the influential designer and photographer held forth on topics ranging from the impact of social media on fashion (“The bottom line is that any note can create music. It is only a matter of taste.”) to the question of the Internet and fashion generally (“With the rise of the Internet, fashion did become part of the global entertainment industry in the last ten years, and will follow the digital evolution of the music or film industry.”) He also thinks Steve Jobs should get over his issues with Flash. We’re with him on that, and so much else. []
  • A new website launching on February 25th called Couturious aims to “recreate the dressing-room experience” in ways that could be awesome or possibly terrible. Users can choose between items of clothing from different designers, all of which are for sale, and build outfits on actual people models. Kind of like Robot Chicken, but for Cynthia Rowley and Tory Burch. [MW]
  • Burberry, not content with broadcasting its show in 3-D online, is offering one item of clothing — the thigh-high boots — from the collection to the public right now. No word on how much they cost, but Christopher Bailey is very proud of the fact that they will ship in 4-6 weeks. [WSJ]
  • Company C.E.O. Angela Ahrendts says demand for Burberry‘s goods is “better every day.” Particularly so in Asia and in the U.K. [BW]
  • A selection of red carpet looks from Giorgio Armani — worn by the likes of Lady Gaga, Salma Hayek, and Anne Hathaway — will go on display March 5th at the New York flagship store. [People]
  • If dressing like Oprah is more your thing, you can wait till March 1 to bid on some of her cast-offs on eBay. The proceeds of the tag sale will support her charity school in South Africa. [BudgetFashionista]
  • “‘Star Wars is about hope,’ said Howard Roffman, president of Lucas Licensing of Lucasfilm. ‘It embraces the idea that one person can make a difference. It is a vehicle for personal empowerment.’ It costs about $200 to be empowered by a Star Wars Famous Scenes Micropacer shoe — which has a “good and evil” microprocessor underneath the lace cover that calculates time, distance and speed — or $125 for a Yoda Boat shoe.” And that’s where we stopped reading about Adidas’ dumb collab with Lucasfilms! (And marveled at the credulity of companies that continue to think that Star Wars merch or any other silver bullet will save their sales, and of the customers who will buy anything with the Lucas brand, more than 30 years after the first film came out.) [Reuters]
  • To celebrate its 90th birthday, Gucci is unveiling an ad campaign that focuses on the “artistry” involved in the manufacture of its purses — kind of like the very disingenuous Louis Vuitton campaign that implies its machine-sewn, factory-assembled goods are lovingly hand-crafted by photogenic artisans. Advertising! Always full of lies, people. [Refinery29]
  • A British clothing company called no sugar added (no capital letters, either) has been censured by the Advertising Standards Authority for publishing a catalogue that depicted child models with plastic shopping bags on their heads. Some art director’s gonna be a goneburger… [Telegraph]
  • Over $20 million worth of apparel and home furnishings have been donated to Haiti by brands including American Apparel, Hanes — which manufactures in the country, or at least did until its factories sustained serious damage in the earthquake — and Forever 21. [WWD]
  • Saks Fifth Avenue posted a loss of $4.6 million for the fourth quarter. [WSJ]
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