Lara Stone's A Whiz In The Kitchen

  • David Walliams says Stone asks, “‘What time are you home because I want to know what time to put the shepherd’s pie on?’ I never thought I’d have that. An international supermodel who can make a great shepherd’s pie.” [Sun]
  • Nick Cannon shared an anecdote about Mariah Carey‘s pregnancy-related shoe issues on the radio:”I come home yesterday to help my wife get ready for her video shoots and she has these 19-inch heels on.” Reports People, “Carey defended herself, explaining the heels were only for a job.” Cannon continued, ‘So I go into the closet searching for some flats for my wife … She got a lot of damn shoes — it’s like a frickin’ Macy’s. [And] Mariah Carey does not own one pair of flat shoes.’ Carey corrects him, ‘To be fair, I had some boots from Aspen, some Dior boots.’ ‘Ski boots!’ Cannon argues. Carey says, ‘And then we did find some flats and then they were a regular ballet slipper, like a beige, and I was like, “I don’t think so.”‘ Cannon says he finally got her to wear flats -– in the form of ski boots. ‘Basically, I got Mariah Carey, the high-heel queen, to put on some flats. And this is amazing. I’m going shoe shopping today, needless to say, to buy you some flat shoes.'” [People]
  • Alber Elbaz says he put the models for his last show in flat shoes only after a “nightmare” runway rehearsal in high heels made of titanium. “We did the rehearsal and all of a sudden I saw the girls couldn’t walk. I saw the agony in their faces. They were shaking; they looked like alcoholic girls…I got very emotional — not that I got mad at them — but I got very emotional that they didn’t complain. You know what? Damn it with image. You can be stubborn and go after an image, but I’m not an image-maker; I’m a dressmaker. If you don’t feel good in something, you don’t look good with it.” So he swapped the heels for flats, and all was well. Elbaz says the point of fashion should be to make women feel good. “A doctor will give you a Tylenol,” he says. “I will give you a beautiful red coat, and you will feel as good with Tylenol as with the red coat.” As regards his H&M collection, which launches later this month, “Ninety-five percent of women cannot afford [Lanvin], so let them have a taste. It’s like if I was living in a palace and opened some doors and said, ‘Have tea with me, taste the food.'” [WWD]
  • At Lanvin‘s Halloween party, Rachel Zoe said, again, that she’s not pregnant, and her former assistant Brad came dressed up as Tavi Gevinson. [The Cut]
  • “When people say … ‘boobs are back in’ or ‘hips are back in,’ I wonder what anyone’s gonna do — change their body type from season to season?” Our thoughts exactly, Joseph Altuzarra. [The Cut]
  • Online discount designer retailer Gilt Groupe has been “secretly interviewing” designers in preparation to launch its own line. [WWD]
  • Astoundingly, André Leon Talley had never celebrated Halloween until this year. His first effort at a costume was a mask made of candy. []
  • Stefano Pilati, on his Yves Saint Laurent predecessor, Tom Ford: “Tom had a very precise vision of the company that didn’t challenge women…Tom is talented but not gifted.” [WWD]
  • Bridget Hall‘s lawyer has asked for the drink driving charges against her to be dismissed if she performs community service. The model — who says she passed a field sobriety test administered by the police — denies she was drinking the night she was arrested, and says the breathalyzer must have been faulty. [Express]
  • Patagonia is encouraging its customers to…not buy so many clothes, with hang-tags that say things like, “Don’t buy this jacket unless you really need it.” The company expects this will improve its sales by increasing Patagonia’s market share. [WWD]
  • In case you needed yet more evidence that the recession is over for a lot of people — and for some, never really existed in any meaningful way — there is now an investment fund headquartered in London that is dedicated to investing in and trading colored diamonds, the rarest gems of all, supposedly. “You can hold our entire fund in the palm of your hand,” says a founder. “We are a tool for investors to put their money into assets that are a little bit different.” [WWD]
  • At the Fashion Group International Awards, Theory‘s Andrew Rosen sat with Proenza Schouler designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough. Rosen has been rumored to be taking a stake in the company, which is currently backed by the luxury group Permira. [On The Runway]
  • AnOther Magazine is launching a perfume. Naturally, it’s “a hand-blended scent with a limited run of just 500,” so “only a fortunate few will be able to own an individually numbered bottle.” [AnOther Magazine]
  • Also getting its own perfume? Eyjafjallajökull, the ash-spewing Icelandic volcano. [Iceland Review]
  • The promise of a shopping bag emblazoned with Marc Jacobs‘ name is supposed to make you want to hit up Bloomingdale’s next month. [WWD]
  • Here’s Chinese model Liu Wen‘s first Estée Lauder ad. Liu is the first Asian face of the beauty brand. [Fashin]
  • Estée Lauder‘s sales during the last quarter were 14.1% higher than its sales during the same period last year. Profits for the same time rose 35.8%. [WWD]
  • Lindsey Wixson, the 16-year-old model from Kansas, has a Jason Wu dress for her prom. But no date, yet. []
  • Are you a clothing company with experience producing lingerie and loungewear? If so, Elie Tahari would love it if you’d drop him a line. [WWD]
  • Olivia Palermo and her boyfriend Johannes Huebl are in this fall’s Mango campaign. [Catwalk Queen]
  • Discount chain Loehmann’s — pretty much our, and Fran Fine‘s, favorite store — has defaulted on its credit agreement, and may now enter bankruptcy. [WWD]
  • Shoe designer George Esquivel and fashion designer Juan Carlos Obando have decided to work together on a ready-to-wear line. [The Cut]
  • Personal style blogger Rumi Neely of the site Fashion Toast has teamed up with the folks behind DANNIJO jewelry to do her own collection. [Refinery29]
  • Gucci is getting into the designer 3-D glasses game with a pair of $225 frames. [WWD]
  • There’s a new edition of Diana Vreeland‘s book Allure. [On The Runway]
  • New Lucky editor Brandon Holly has hired Andy Spade to consult on the magazine’s redesign. Maybe he can tell them Ali Larter doesn’t need her contractual five annual covers? [WWD]
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