Naomi Campbell Announced That She Is Not Speaking


Vice sent someone named Elektra to the Topshop Unique fashion show. On acid. The story is narrated by her editor: “I swear I’m not making this up, but when Elektra asked: ‘Do you mind if I get a picture with you?’ Naomi turned to her and said, ‘I’m sorry, but I’m not speaking.’ Which was weird, because she had to speak in order to say that.” So there are drugs, queues, non-sequiturs, and people acting standoffish. Sounds like fashion week, all right. [Vice]

Here is a look from a new South African clothing line called 46664. That was Nelson Mandela‘s prison ID number on Robben Island, and the line is inspired by him (and overseen by the Nelson Mandela Foundation). 46664 wants to become South Africa’s first international sportswear brand. [WWD]

Meanwhile, supermodel Patti Hansen has launched a line of triangular cross-body bags called Hung On U. They range in price from $260 “for a small metal mesh style” to $8,500 “for a large alligator version.” [WWD]

Fashionista snapped beautiful Filipina model Charlene Almarvez for its street style column. [Fashionista]

Frida Gustavsson was shot by Paolo Roversi for the cover of the new Vogue Italia couture supplement. [FGR]

  • Carine Roitfeld explains her appeal to photographers: “I have a way of working with them. I guess it’s a lot like sex — sometimes you have a bad lover and sometimes you have a good lover. I am a good lover of photographers.” [D&C]
  • Lara Stone says Internet haters give her a sad. “‘It hurts when you’re having a tough day and someone says, “She’s so fucking ugly I wouldn’t let my dog near her.”‘ Nobody said that! ‘Yes, they have,’ she insists. ‘And 500 people “liked” it!'” [GQ]
  • Emily Blunt nabbed a major campaign: she’ll now be the face of Yves Saint Laurent Opium perfume. [WWD]
  • Star of something-or-other Chris Evans allegedly said being in a Gucci ad was “the easiest paycheck I’ve ever had.” [NYDN]
  • Tavi Gevinson filmed an episode of Refinery29’s Fash Cab, in which she talks about why she sometimes finds leftover pizza in her bed, and raps the Nikki Minaj bit from “Monster.” [Refinery29]
  • Hugo Boss has financed independent historical research into the company’s activities during World War II, to be published today in Germany. It is the second such study that the company has commissioned. “We don’t want and have never wanted to hide anything, but rather want to bring clarity to the past. It’s our responsibility to the company, our employees, our customers and everyone interested in Hugo Boss and its history,” said the company’s head of communications. Hugo Boss says it had no influence over the research or writing of the new book, which concludes that Hugo Boss was indeed one of the more than 15,000 German factories that produced uniforms for the Nazi military during the war, although it was not a leading producer or a designer of Nazi uniforms. Hugo Boss also employed 140 forced laborers, and 40 prisoners of war. The company has made donations to the international fund set up to benefit former forced laborers. It’s interesting that Hugo Boss seems to take an open attitude towards its wartime history. In contrast is Chanel, which continues to deny mounting evidence that its founder, Coco Chanel, was not only a wartime collaborator, but an actual Nazi spy. Modern-day Chanel has even tried to spin Coco Chanel’s involvement in a Nazi plot as a benign attempt to negotiate an end to the war. [WWD]
  • Lynn Yaeger turned in a fashion review in the form of a Q&A, which includes this brilliant dig at Tom Ford, whose super-secretive photographer-proof show was the talk of London Fashion Week: “Q. What eminent designer puts what seems like 150 looks on the runway — bottom-grabbing pencil skirts; tiny purple Floradora dresses — and forbids photography (apparently to lend an air of exclusivity, but in this case, maybe to protect his reputation) and emerges on the runway at the end of the show, then stands around with a bunny-in-the-headlights look in his eyes, waiting for a standing ovation that never comes?
    A. Tom Ford.” [The Cut]
  • Daphne Guinness has a computer database to organize her closet. And she buys all of the custom couture that she owns, she doesn’t ask for it for free: “I think that’s why I had close relationships with these people; it’s because I wasn’t trying to use them. It was an equal thing…A lot of people feel entitled about it and like they don’t have to give back. I find that so disrespectful to someone’s art, especially knowing how many hours of work they have put into it.” []
  • Leandra Medine, the blogger behind the Man Repeller — who is, we can report, significantly less repellent in person — says she makes “substantial money” from her blog. She tells Bloomberg TV, “I charge for advertising. I take a commission for everything I put on my blog. I don’t have a clothing expense because I’m sent so much clothing. And then there’s a lot of brand management. There are a lot of things I do with other brands that I get paid off of.” Things to keep in mind while reading blogs! [Bloomberg]
  • Tom Brady opened a Zegna store in Boston. Brady says he doesn’t take his hair “too seriously.” [WWD]
  • The launch of Alexa Chung’s new Madewell range crashed the store’s website. [Telegraph]
  • “When you start something the first season, I get so excited. It’s intimidating in the first season. In the second and third seasons, it gets better and better.” Kim Kardashian talks reality TV, or her jewelry line, or the onward march of time and the inevitable decrees of the fates, or something. [WWD]
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