Marc Jacobs To Marry; Louis Vuitton Levels Its Sight On Google

  • Fresh off his CFDA award women’s wear nomination, Marc Jacobs is reportedly engaged to his Brazilian boyfriend of one year, Lorenzo Martone. Mazel tov to the happy couple! [WWD]
  • Anna Sui, who is being given the Geoffrey Beene lifetime achievement award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, talked to for the occasion about New York’s garment district, which has been threatened by rent rises and zoning changes, not to mention the increasing number of designers who outsource their fabric and notions sourcing, and their sample construction. “So much of my work is based on the resources in that neighborhood — the lacemakers and the pleaters and so on,” said Sui. “I have my design studio here; I drape on a mannequin; we sew our own samples. That’s how I know how to make clothes. I can’t make sense of a dress without seeing how a fabric drapes, for example…I would just really hate to see the fashion industry go the way of all industry in America, and give up and go totally outsourced. We used to have the most beautiful woolen mills here, and the best denim. There was a sense of craft.” []
  • Louis Vuitton, a company whose zealotry in protecting its intellectual property is well-known, is taking on Google in the European Court of Justice. At issue: the fact that the search giant sells ads to companies that make counterfeit Louis Vuitton products, and that those ads appear above the legitimate search results. Louis Vuitton says it’s tantamount to copyright infringement, Google says it’s up to users whether they click on any ads or not. [The Cut]
  • Spring at H&M involves a wide-legged drop-crotch zebra-print jumpsuit. Don’t say nobody warned you. [Fabsugar]
  • This otherwise fine profile of Lauren Hutton begins by calling her “fashion’s most wondrous wrinkly.” Which certainly made me wrinkle my nose. [Telegraph]
  • Even though he, like Hutton, is increasingly an actor these days, Tyson Beckford wishes magazines would use more models on their covers. [AP]
  • And as if to taunt him, here’s Penelope Cruz, looking sort of like she needs to pee, on the April cover of Spanish Vogue. [Popsugar]
  • There are all kinds of fashion-y things going on with your television this week. Today is the premiere of CNN International’s Carine Roitfeld documentary, which you can watch online, Friday is Valentino Day on Martha Stewart, and Saturday is the debut episode of the newly revived House of Style with Bar Refaeli and Chanel Iman. In case that’s not enough, Valentino: The Last Emperor is opening in select theaters today, and soon enough we’ll be treated to whatever Morley Safer cooks up on Anna Wintour, too. Phew. [Fashionista]
  • Speaking of Valentino: his half-dozen pugs might guest-blog on Martha Stewart’s dogs’ blog, the Daily Wag. I thought the whole point was that on the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog? [The Cut]
  • Meanwhile, Gwyneth Paltrow (who says those pugs are “not good kids dogs”) said at the New York premiere of the film that it had failed to reveal Vava’s “naughty” side. “He’s the naughtiest [man]-slash-gentlemen in the entire world,” said the actress. [WWD]
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones can be seen moonlighting in a seven-minute advertisement for Unilever’s Lux hair product brand, developed for the Asian market. [AdAge]
  • Nike‘s sales for the third quarter declined slightly, but there may be worse times ahead: the company largely sells according to futures orders, orders for clothing and shoes scheduled one season ahead of time. And those have contracted by 10% this quarter, to $6.5 billion. [WSJ]
  • The company that makes Crocs is likely to go under. At least, that’s the opinion of its auditor, as disclosed in the business’s annual report. Falling revenue makes it all but impossible that the company will be able to secure a new revolving credit line after its current one matures on April 2. [The Street]
  • Eddie Bauer also says it’s at significant risk of violating its debt obligations. After two attempted debt restructuring deals were rejected by creditors, a third amended debt deal was made, under which the company will pay higher interest rates and issue warrants for its stock. Fourth-quarter revenue fell 5.7%, and the company has seen a wave of recent layoffs and store closures nationwide. [Reuters]
  • The auction of items from Gianni Versace‘s Lake Como villa netted some $10.3 million — far exceeding the original estimate of $3.3 million. And that was after the withdrawal from sale of the 18th century Johann Zoffany painting whose ownership is now in question. [Telegraph]
  • Hermes beat its profit forecast for 2008, and says it is on track as of right now to meet its expectation of stable sales in 2009. [FT]
  • Proctor and Gamble-owned Rochas, which in the years since firing Olivier Theyskens has existed only as a perfume brand, is a fashion house once more thanks to Marco Zanini. Zanini was most recently heard from as the guy hired to relaunch Halston. (It didn’t go so well.) The new collection looks a little bland, and it’s interesting that only now, in the post-shows news gulch, is this a story. [WSJ]
  • And in news to make you barf, Goyard has a “limited-edition” pink trunk for sale at Colette in Paris. It’s large enough to fit a Barbie doll and her accoutrements, and it costs $3650. [Forbes]
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