Model Calls Out Photographer For Sexual Harassment; Steve Madden To Work With Madonna

  • Model Rie Rasmussen, upset Terry Richardson included her picture in his book Terryworld alongside images of young girls performing sex acts, confronted the photographer at a party in Paris for using his position of power to exploit women. She said:
  • “He takes girls who are young, manipulates them to take their clothes off and takes pictures of them they will be ashamed of. They are too afraid to say no because their agency booked them on the job and are too young to stand up for themselves…His ‘look’ is girls who appear underage, abused, look like heroin addicts…I don’t understand how anyone works with him.” We’ve long wondered the same. “I told him what you do is completely degrading to women. I hope you know you only [fuck] girls because you have a camera, lots of fashion contacts and get your pictures in Vogue.” Rather than argue the point, Richardson fled, then called Rasmussen’s agency to complain. “It was the most cowardly thing I’ve ever seen,” said the model. [P6]
  • Steve Madden will probably do the footwear honors for Madonna‘s Macy’s juniors line. [WWD]
  • Viktor & Rolf designed the bodysuit draped in chains that Lady Gaga wears in the prison yard scene of the “Telephone” video. [Vogue UK]
  • Tilda Swinton‘s perfume, Like This, will be available starting this weekend. In France. For 29 Euros. [WWD]
  • Prices for Amy Winehouse‘s Fred Perry line will range from £22 to £100. [ToL]
  • Sophie Dahl likes her cheeses “sharp and mature, like my men.” [Telegraph]
  • “I would love to go further into intimacy, but my girlfriend and my lovers are sometimes a bit reluctant,” admits Purple founder Rick Moranis Booger from Revenge of the Nerds Olivier Zahm of his Purple Diary blog. “To me love and sex is the most beautiful thing on earth, you know. It’s more beautiful than a landscape, so I love to keep pictures of the girls in these private moments because they are giving you the most beautiful side of themselves. It’s like a gift from God. It’s beautiful…And also, Purple is a lifestyle. With my magazine, what I want to do is personally to be more free, and I want people to be more free, to open their possibility of contact, of sex, of love.” Although Zahm says he is “45,46” he still talks like a creep-tastic teenager. []
  • A Hugo Boss internal memo lists only three guests at the Oscars who wore the brand, and admits, “due to the recent boycott spearheaded by actor Danny Glover, our wardrobing efforts were significantly diminished for this year’s Academy Awards.” Days before the awards, Glover drew attention to the announced closure of a Hugo Boss factory in Ohio that would lead to the loss of 300 jobs, and asked stars not to reward the brand with publicity on Oscars night in solidarity with the workers and their union. [TheWrap]
  • Beyoncé‘s chain-link minidress from this year’s Grammy Awards weighed 30 lbs. []
  • Alexa Chung made a dinner reservation for 15 at the exclusive le Meurice hotel in Paris, and then only four of her friends showed up, and they decided to go somewhere else. Four staffers from the restaurant followed them to the door, yelling. [FWD]
  • Cathy Horyn on Alexander McQueen‘s presentation: “No collection dominated the Paris season quite like Alexander McQueen’s, and not because it represented the final work of the late designer. The 16 dresses and caped coats – each one different and all referencing 15th-century paintings or carvings – were exceptional because no one else thought to make such a personal and subtle connection to the function of art on human consciousness.” [NYTimes]
  • Vita Prada author and Corriere della Sera reporter Gian Luigi Paracchini explains that Miuccia Prada‘s habit of referring to her husband by his last name only is “a very peculiar Milanese highbrow manner of addressing someone in your close circle. It’s how well-to-do, popular, cool high school girls such as young Miuccia would address their school friends. It’s affectionate, and it’s also very Miuccia.” By contrast, Patrizio Bertelli “will simply call her Miuccia, instead, plainly: he’s a direct, pragmatic man. He also loves sailing, and like sailors he might use the occasional profanity to drive his point home. They have a very interesting dynamic, the volcanic Tuscan and the cool, aloof Milanese signora.” In other words, they’re famous for their fights. Vita Prada is an an unauthorized history of the company that came out in Italy last year; we eagerly pray for its translation. [W]
  • André Leon Talley, on runway diversity: “It’s never going to go back to what it was,” he said, presumably referring to the all-too-recent seasons that were virtually all-white. “We will always make them aware. There is always going to be an awareness about that.” However, when confronted with the news that the shows featured non-white models just 16% of the time, he said, “I don’t think that is a fair criticism of that, because in all the shows there was lots of diversity.” Spoken like a true editor of Vogue. [The Cut]
  • “I hate this thought about saying that only curvy models are chic or something. It’s like that thing, ‘Isn’t it time that a woman won an Academy Award’? No! It’s time that a really good artist won an Academy Award. So if I was, like, a curvy model, I’d be like, ‘No, I don’t want to be a curvy model. I want to be a MODEL.'” Isaac Mizrahi on the question of whether “curvy” models are becoming a trend. “There was a moment when girls were really skinny. Skinny, skinny, skinny. And people loved it. But I didn’t like it. It didn’t look natural. There were always skinny girls. Shalom was naturally skinny. She could eat like a truck driver and still be skinny, so it looked natural on her. Kate was always a really skinny girl. She never tried. And then everybody was all of a sudden losing all this weight and it was really ugly.” And then, ladies and gents, there was this: “I don’t know. Do you love a guy because his dick is bigger or something like that? You know, YES! Yes. So work it out.” [The Cut]
  • Justin Timberlake doing “Single Ladies” makes Christian Louboutin laugh. But he says Barthes saved his life one time. [AnOtherMagazine]
  • Speaking of Justin, PETA extracted an agreement from him that his clothing line, William Rast, will only use fake fur. The collection shown in New York recently involved some real fur items. [US]
  • Couples Retreat. Anybody see that, and know what this model is on about? [AP]
  • “Everybody has asked for resort to be wear-now. What they’re really asking for is for a fresh approach to fall. What sold best in our resort collection were all our cashmeres. The number-one selling piece at retail right now is of the season. Cashmere. Pre-fall? May is when summer starts. This is where the problem is. Do you know what this is like? A smorgasbord of too much. You eat all of the food, more, more, more, more and more. It’s an abundance of nausea. It’s too, too much until pop! It’s going to pop. All of this stuff, stuff, stuff, stuff; it’s going to obliterate each other. The whole thing has to be rethought, completely.” Donna Karan, supporter of the movement for rational delivery schedules and an end to “show shows.” [WWD]
  • Adam Lambert wants to launch a line of makeup for men. [ONTD]
  • Yup: JWOWW is set to release a fashion line this fall. Sounds God-awful; it will include jeans, tops, dresses, hoodies, corsets, and men’s wear. [Racked]
  • It’s kind of hard to get exercised about Benetton knocking off a Lanvin t-shirt that originally cost over $1,000. It’s not that two wrongs make a right, but Jesus Christ, $1,000 for a t-shirt? [Fashionista]
  • The Keds collaboration with the Gap, which, though a fall release, hits stores in July, features low-tops with stylized prints of birds, polka-dots, and military-inspired camouflage. The shoes will cost $40-$50. [WWD]
  • Doc Martens did a pared-back collection for hipster boutique Opening Ceremony. [Racked]
  • With an estimated fortune of $27.5 billion, LVMH head Bernard Arnault is 7th on Forbes‘ annual list of the world’s richest men. [Forbes]
  • Aeropostale‘s profits in the first quarter rose to $96.6 million from $68.2 million last year. [BW]
  • Same-store sales at Ann Taylor rose by 10% on last year in the month of February. This result surprised investors and analysts. [Reuters]
  • Turns out that in order to post same-store sales increases, Abercrombie has had to pursue an aggressive discounting policy. The very concept of discounting was formerly anathema to the teen retailer, but after more than 18 months of successive declines in sales, CFO Jonathan Ramsden says it is willing to accept “gross margin erosion.” [WSJ]
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