Megan Fox In Her Underwear Again; Crystal Renn Critiques Ignorant Designer

  • Megan Fox may have been replaced by an underwear model in the next Transformers movie, but she plays one pretty well in this latest campaign for Armani Exchange. Trading places is all the rage for fall. [Fox]
  • Peter Lindbergh‘s first work for American Vogue in 18 years appears in the July issue. It is a 14-page editorial with Natalia Vodianova. [Fashionologie]
  • Incoming editor of T Sally Singer hasn’t even stopped by her new office to introduce herself — allegedly. [NYDN]
  • Apparently, this video of Marisa Miller playing Guitar Hero is too sexy for the U.K. We would add, too inept. [The Cut]
  • Lance Armstrong tweeted his disappointment in Outside magazine to his 2.5 million followers. Outside Photoshopped a reference to the cyclist’s age onto a white t-shirt Armstrong was wearing for a cover. [WWD]
  • As though a 500-word article on the “color” “nude” — with nary a glancing mention of why that appellation might be less than accurate, there being rather a lot of people for whom “nude” is not “nude” — were not enough, the Guardian fashion section follows up with a pictorial on the “ethnic” trend. At least in that case it uses scare-quotes? [Guardian]
  • Joan Smalls booked a Gucci campaign! [Design Scene]
  • Calvin Klein is throwing a massive party, which will include a multi-brand fashion show, in Berlin this summer. [WWD]
  • As the world’s longest resort season draws towards a close, Cathy Horyn praises “The casual atmosphere of the resort shows, with small audiences and often food and drink” as reminiscent of “the way fashion shows used to be in New York.” Which is odd, because the fact that fashion has evolved into a continuous motion machine with one permanent selling season, renewed by monthly deliveries of new stock, is the very reason resort has risen to such prominence. We wouldn’t expect small audiences and something to nibble on much longer. [NYTimes]
  • Rodarte has won the 2010 National Design Award for fashion. Behnaz Sarafpour and Proenza Schouler were also nominated. The awards will be presented at a gala in October. [Cooper-Hewitt]
  • After Vogue India editor Priya Tanna told Women’s Wear Daily that last year’s Fashion’s Night Out “followed three consecutive days of rain and took place during an inauspicious time on the Hindu calendar for buying expensive items. But neither the rains nor the Hindu gods could stop the shoppers from coming,” Hindu religious leaders criticized Tanna for what they saw as her trivializing their religion. Tanna has apologized. “Being an Indian and a proud one at that, I do not take my religion, or anyone else’s, lightly, and would never mock it in any manner,” said the editor. [WWD, Merinews]
  • In today’s British Vogue copywatch, we have: “Poppy Delevinge” for Poppy Delevigne, “Isabella Rosellini” and “Isabella Rosselini” for Isabella Rossellini, and Rossellini’s daughter, Elettra Wiedemann, has her name mis-spelled “Electra Weidemann” in Vogue‘s e-mail to subscribers, and “Elettra Weidemann” in the article. More egregious than the copy-editing, perhaps, is Vogue‘s insistence on ignoring Wiedemann’s recently completed M.A. in biomedicine from the London School of Economics in favor of asking her about her “puppy fat” and tastes in shoes. [Vogue UK]
  • The Times critically shops Nordstrom Rack: “even though the clothes are new, thrifting is the mode here. Boosters of shopping for used and vintage clothing like to portray it as a thrilling hunt, but really it’s a series of compromises: Will you find a piece that’s not exactly what you came in the door looking for, forgive its flaws and take it home? Much of the time, the clothes at Rack did not even invite the interrogation: endless fields of golf polos, track pants, textureless slacks and ties just a hair too wide to wear this decade.” [NYTimes]
  • Gianfranco Ferrè is officially for sale. IT Holding SpA, the bankrupt Italian fashion giant which owns the brand, is in administration, and the administrators are now accepting bids for Gianfranco Ferrè and the Ittierre manufacturing company. [WWD]
  • Bee Shaffer got a boyfriend! And they seem like a riot together. [The Cut]
  • Mulberry‘s sales rose 23% during the year to March 31, 2010, to just over $115 million. [WWD]
  • Moschino is releasing a line of plastic jelly flats with Kartell. No price is yet available, but they’ll be on sale in January — which is precisely when we’re in the mood for a good plastic jelly sandal! [Vogue UK]
  • If one were a complete sewing beginner seized by the dressmaking impulse of a summer, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend starting with a dress. (Well, a sack dress, or anything without facings, plackets, pockets, or too many darts might be possible.) But this is a pretty good guide to the process, with excellent links to a variety of blogs and books to help. We’d recommend making your first major undertaking step-by-step with a more experienced sewer friend at your side. [Guardian]
  • Here is Crystal Renn smacking down Julien MacDonald for his comments about what a “joke” plus-size models are: “Jean-Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld both think differently. So do others…Mistakes in the past have been to base things on extremes. Lots of shows have had size zero and size two girls followed by really curvaceous 16s. When that happens all you see is the size of the girl. The runway needs to be like the street: a variety. If you have more variety then the focus isn’t on the size.” [Independent]
  • Have you spent your $94.32 of guilt money on father’s day yet? [WWD]
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