Lauren Conrad Still Insists On Designing Clothes

  • Multi-talented Lauren Conrad, 24, is launching her third fashion line, counting her line for Kohl’s and her signature collection, which she had to stop making last year. This one will be different, in that it will be more expensive. [People]
  • Ivanka Trump believes that whether she’s selling $450 ear-rings or $38,000 diamond necklaces or $2 million condos, it’s, like, all connected, man. “I look at someone who can first buy my shoes and my jewelry, then hopefully buy our condominiums. You know, I like that. I like trying to create that loyalty to our brand.” [WWD]
  • Gisele says breastfeeding is awesome and it makes you lose weight and every mother should do it. Nay, must! Like, there oughta be a law: “I think breastfeeding really helped. Some people here think they don’t have to breastfeed, and I think, ‘Are you going to give chemical food to your child, when they are so little?’ There should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.” [Daily Mail]
  • Kate Winslet, Aishwariya Rai, and model Lin Chi-Ling are set to be the next faces of Longines watches. [WWD]
  • Transforming lingerie model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley plays a pin-up on one of LOVE‘s eight September covers. [Fashionising]
  • New face model Jessica Marie: “It’s a little embarrassing being 23 in a room of teenagers, because at my age you’re usually considered too old to be discovered. But now I’m stronger, smarter and better at my job than any 17-year-old I know. I realize that it is make-it-or-break-it time. It’s now or never. I’m excited to finally have a shot at a long successful career in what I love doing! I am 23! I’m young! And I will rock it out.” [WWD]
  • Kate Moss is on the cover of September’s British Vogue. Again. She looks great. But, again? [TLF]
  • Kate Moss also booked the fall Balmain campaign. [Catwalk Queen]
  • Princess Maha Al-Sudairi of Saudi Arabia allegedly spent more than $15 million shopping in Paris last year, and this week she apparently spent more than $30,000 at a homewares store in New York. [NYPost]
  • Six weeks ago, the C.E.O. of the Australian department store chain David Jones was forced to resign after he admitted to sexual harassment. Now, the company has been slapped with a $34 million lawsuit for…sexual harassment. [WWD]
  • Twelve-year-old Kylie Jenner, the littlest Kardashian, is now modeling for Sears. [AdRants]
  • Her older sister Kourtney was spotted in the Meatpacking District, apparently scouting for a potential location for the “boutique” she “runs,” Dash. [NYPost]
  • “Put Some Pants On!” says a Gap ad. Guess they’re not Gaga fans. [HuffPo]
  • Amid lagging sales — maybe they need a visit from the princess? — Gap is introducing new washes and cuts of its jeans, as a way of trying to build its 1969 Premium Denim sub-brand. It sees 1969, where jeans run around $60-$80, as a competitor to “premium” denim brands that cost $100-$200. [WWD]
  • In other denim news, days after launching its co-branded venture with Brooks Brothers, Levi’s has announced a co-branded line with the outdoors brand Filson. [WWD]
  • Stacy London is launching a new business, Style For Hire, that will train an army of mini-Staceys to meet the nation’s styling needs. “I look for people who have a clear understanding of body types, a kind way of discussing them with their customers, and a strong grasp of methods they can use to accent their customers’ best features and downplay others,” says London. “I look for a stylist who listens. I look for a stylist who has compassion and knows that appearance and self-esteem are intertwined.” [WWD]
  • Daphne Guinness doesn’t wear her crazy outfits for the benefit of the fashion crowd. “I do it for the old people who laugh at me in airports,” she says. “I like to walk in with my heels and stand in front of people on their laptops and then drop down and suddenly they look up and you’re ten inches shorter.” Guinness designed her own model of heel-less platform shoe that does, indeed, allow her to rock back on her heels whenever she feels like it. “And it gives everybody a good laugh. You can only dress like this if you get the humor of it.” [The Cut]
  • For those of you waiting with bated breath for an update on Olivier Zahm‘s love life — remember, the Purple lech was dumped by his primary, though non-exclusive, girlfriend, for another man — here it comes in his own words: “Natacha Ramsay finaly [sic] accepted to stop her love escape in Maine for one day and come to see me here in New York. This symbolic gesture will help me to peacefully let her go in her new life.” [Purple Diary]
  • Quiksilver is launching a new juniors’ line next spring. But the company is not worried about cannibalizing sales from Roxy, which it already owns. Oh no, you see: the company says Roxy targets a 17-year-old customer, and the new line will target a 19-year-old customer. Totally different. [WWD]
  • During the quarter ended July 3, Coach‘s income grew 34%, to $195 million. [WWD]
  • Things are going from bad to worse for Michael Ball, the former owner of the bankrupt Rock & Republic brand. Days after the bankruptcy news broke, he was accused of immigration fraud for arranging a sham green-card marriage for one of his models, a Mexican telenovela star whom he also dated. Now, an ongoing investigation into doping among cyclists has fingered several members of his Rock Racing cycling team. [The Cut]
  • Uniqlo has had a year full of ups and downs in its same-store sales. This July, sales rose 0.4% year-on-year in stores open more than 12 months. [WWD]
  • Four words: Hello Kitty sparkling water. Unfortunately, $100 a pop is too much to spend for something that is…not even pop. [TLF]
  • Here are all the details you never wanted to know about what Michelle Obama might do and where she might stay on her Spanish vacation. [WWD]
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