Michael Kors Gets Mistaken For Marc Jacobs Kind Of A Lot


Michael Kors says his husband, Lance LePere “always says that because I have a sense of humor on television, no one is afraid to approach me. This has happened twice already, but about a month ago, we were walking near our apartment and these kids, who were maybe 18 or 19, walked behind us. The girl says to me, ‘I know who you are,’ and the guy goes, ‘Oh my god, oh my god.’ The girl says, ‘Marc, I love you.’” Because all gay fashion designers look alike… [WWD]

Tom Ford says if Isabella Blow had worn Princess Beatrice’s hat, everything would have been different. [Vogue UK]

What, you would expect a Betsey Johnson perfume called “Too Too” to look any different? [WWD]

Here is the Kate Moss branded lipstick line for Rimmel. [My Daily]

The Blonds, who make the craziest corsets you’ve ever seen and do things at their shows like have models walk in gorilla suits down the runway while Alan Cumming watches, say that this season their collection is inspired by vintage Playboy. “There’s so much history to this magazine and Hugh Hefner, and he’s done so much for civil rights and for the women’s movement,” says designer David Blond. [The Cut]

  • Tumblr sent a “proposal” for fashion week coverage to all the major fashion brands in New York City with a menu for coverage and a corresponding pricelist. For $100,000 a fashion house could, for example, get four of Tumblr’s “select bloggers” to produce 15 posts for that brand’s Tumblr over the course of fashion week, with the “exact nature of the content to be agreed upon prior to the start of the week.” (CC: FTC!) An ad on the official NYFW Tumblr costs $150,000. An ad on the “Fashion” Tumblr tag page would set you back $350,000. Just sitting down with the 20 bloggers Tumblr is “sending” to fashion week at a “private event” would cost a brand $10,000. (Ten thousand dollars to show some bloggers your stuff? Who are they kidding!) Said one angry PR, “They clearly don’t understand the first thing about ad buying. They didn’t explain how these ads would be served or offer us any way to track them, even through a third party. How am I supposed to present that to a client?” A similarly incensed designer, also anonymous, said, “they are trying to have us pay for Tumblr bloggers to come to our shows, which is ridiculous. We would never pay a journalist to come cover us, so why would we pay Tumblr?” Very good question! Tumblr has yet to comment. [NYObs]
  • Oh, and by the way: Those “select bloggers” whose services Tumblr offered to brands for $100,000? They say they had no idea about the proposal, and it’s not clear that Tumblr ever intended to pass any of that revenue on to the writers. Tumblr still had no comment. [NYObs]
  • Meanwhile, Raman Kia, the head of digital marketing at the PR agency Starworks, hit out on his (WordPress!) blog. He tells of having a meeting with Rich Tong and one of Starworks’ clients, which he won’t name but calls “one of the largest online retailers of luxury fashion globally.” (A glance at the agency’s client page suggests it was Net-A-Porter.) “So, it came as a surprise to my client that the person representing Tumblr at this meeting had no idea who my client was,” writes Kia. “Let me just put this in perspective: This is one of the biggest retailer of luxury fashion in the world (did I already say that?) — and probably one of the most reputable and prestigious. It’s like saying I am the Director of Automotive but I’ve never heard of BMW or Mercedes!” Another time, Kia planned an event with Tumblr for a “highly known fashion retailer,” when at the last minute, “Tumblr simply pulled out and gave the event to another brand that they preferred to work with.” Hiring a fashion director who doesn’t know what Net-A-Porter is sure sounds like a great way to run a business. [The Social Warrior]
  • Some schools are relaxing their dress codes because kids, they just want to express themselves! “At first they couldn’t accessorize, but then again, how do you tell someone what color shoes to buy? That’s ridiculous,” says a principal who clearly lacks the courage of her convictions. The section of our school uniform rules devoted to footwear was like four paragraphs!* That’s “how” you tell people what shoes to wear, you write it down. *And that is why we do not wear brown non-patent leather buckle/lace-up closed-toe flats even now. Well we remember the day when we were 12 and our parents bought us our regulation shoes — two sizes too big, so we could wear them every M-F through graduation. Which we did. “They’re teenagers. If you take it all away, you get rebellion,” continues the principal. Sweet, sweet rebellion. You can fit so much rebellion in a regulation pinafore! You’ve never rebelled until you’ve walked to the bus after school not wearing your blazer. Why are they denying these kids their rightful due of rebellion? [NYTimes]
  • Courtney Love tells Sam Taylor-Wood in the latest issue of V, “You’re my hero. I’ll tell you why: You beat cancer twice, your body of work is brilliant, and you’re the only person who has never taken a bad picture of me.” [P6]
  • There’s a rumor that Elle Fanning, Dakota Fanning, and Sofia Coppola are the only celebrities invited to Marc Jacobs‘ show this season. [Fashionista]
  • Angelina Jolie supposedly spent $2,000 in 15 minutes at an FCUK store. They still have FCUK stores? [Heat]
  • After a judge rejected Madonna’s lawyers’ argument that because she recorded a hit song called “Material Girl” in 1984, she should have a right to the trademark on the phrase, a lawsuit brought against Madge and Iconix Brand Group will head to court in October. Iconix licenses a Madonna fashion line aimed at tweens called Material Girl, but a pre-existing tween fashion brand also named Material Girl, which launched in 1997, sued Iconix and Madonna for trademark infringement. [WWD]
  • We are very much enjoying Julian Casablancas‘ Serious Rock Star Face in an add for an Azzaro men’s perfume. Also, the bottle looks like a microphone. [YouTube]
  • The Victoria & Albert Museum says it would love to host a version of the Met’s massively successful “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” show. The V&A has spoken to the luxury company, but no deal has been reached. [Vogue UK]
  • John Galliano will probably not be in court on September 8 to hear the verdict delivered in his criminal trial for hate speech in Paris. [Fashionologie]
  • Carine Roitfeld, interviewed about her forthcoming book in this week’s New York Times Magazine, denies that she was fired from Vogue Paris after advertisers reacted with horror to the December/January “Age” issue guest-edited by Tom Ford. (That would be the one with this controversial editorial.) Roitfeld is more comfortable talking about shoes she hates: “I hate mules. I hate the noise when someone walks with mules. Clomp, clomp, clomp. I think it’s very not chic. I don’t even like a flip-flop. I don’t like this noise. I don’t think I’ve used mules one time in a story.” [NYTimes]
  • Valentino Garavani says his life might be the basis of a musical. “We’re looking at the possibility of taking my story to Broadway, as a musical.” [Telegraph]
  • Male model Sebastian Sauvé has some advice for aspiring models: “Don’t do it until you’ve had a few years of life first. And no one should go up to a girl and tell her she could be a model until she’s at least 18. I have a friend with a 13-year-old younger sister who heard she could model, but ‘had to lose weight,’ so now she’s been in the hospital for four months because she almost killed herself from not eating. All because some asshole went up to her and told her she could model.” [The Cut]
  • This video — concept: walking fingers show off Chanel’s nail polish colors by dancing to “Little Bitty Pretty One” — is pretty cute. [YouTube]
  • Lucky put together a nifty roundup of fashion industry people to follow on Twitter. Models, designers, retailers, PR folks, writers, editors, bloggers, publications — they’re all here. [Lucky]
  • In a preview for the latest season of her reality show, celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe says of her old assistant Brad Goreski, “It’s not the first time I’ve been used. I would say it’s going to be the last time, though.” Dramatic pause. [The Cut]
  • Liz Claiborne, which has been trying to turn itself around in the downturn, offloaded its Mexx brand to a company called the Gores Group for $85 million in cash. That’ll probably take care of about $25 million of Liz Claiborne’s before-tax losses this year. [WWD]
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