Naomi Rocks Saris In Mumbai; First American Woman In Space Shilling For Louis Vuitton

  • Naomi Campbell stalked the runway like a thoroughbred in Mumbai for a charity show. Last time Campbell blended fashion and philanthropy, the supermodel raised over $1 million for Hurricane Katrina survivors. [Daily Mail]
  • Mikhail Gorbachev is not enough for some people. The rapacious machine of Louis Vuitton‘s advertising, which most people don’t realize actually sucks its subjects’ dignity through the lens of Annie Liebovitz‘s Canon, has claimed more victims: Buzz Aldrin, Sally Ride, and fellow astronaut Jim Lovell. That’s right: men and women who could withstand the g-forces of extraterrestrial flight could not say ‘no’ to LVMH. [WWD]
  • British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman says her biggest concern about taking the position back in 1992 was that it would involve a lot of flying. “I hadn’t been on a plane in 10 years,” she said at an event in England. “How could I accept a job that would mean that I had to fly all the time? I’m still very nervous on a plane.” [Vogue UK]
  • More bad news for Halston: the oft-revived label, left semi-conscious as of late following the firing of its latest creative director, Marco Zanini, is now down one vice-president of marketing. Atul Pathak resigned two weeks ago, just after the Paris shows. [WWD]
  • Los Angeles fashion week happened recently. Don’t feel too badly if you missed it: the LA Times itself called proceedings “more than an exercise in futility.” [LA Times]
  • Vera Wang‘s Lavender line is in trouble. Hitting the high end of the price range for a contemporary line is causing some grief, and Saks has dropped it. Neiman Marcus will carry Vera Wang Lavender in only ten stores this season, and drop it for fall. Wang says she’s mulling over lowering the pricing, or spinning it off into a license. [WWD]
  • Lanvin‘s London flagship store is now open. I suppose that means Alber Elbaz‘s long contretemps with the architects, related by Ariel Levy in her recent New Yorker profile of the designer, was happily resolved. [FWD]
  • Kira Plastinina‘s still got stores a-plenty, too. (Albeit not in the US, where her eponymous pink-themed clothing chain went bust less than a year after her entry into the market.) As soon as she finishes high school in Moscow this spring, the fruit juice heiress intends to take a step that most designers tackle before launching international retail chains — going to fashion school. Since Kira Plastinina rather strikes one as the kind of person whose life is the sustained experience of getting what she wants, without regard for talent or even passion, she’s expecting acceptance at Parsons in New York and Central St. Martins in London, the Yale and Oxford of fashion design, respectively. [FWD]
  • Fiona Ellis, who scouts models for the London agency Independent, thinks Tyra’s shorties-only season of America’s Next Top Model is dumb. The woman who found Alek Wek and Erin O’Connor, among many others, would know. [Vogue UK]
  • Net profits at Versace fell 30.7% in 2008, but it was largely due to the softening of the Euro against the Dollar. Without the hard shift in the rate of exchange, their profits would have grown by 10%. [WWD]
  • “Heavy black lines and crisp, grid-like patterns created an Op Art effect in Dries Van Noten‘s spring collection,” says the LA Times. Which is why you should…wear a plaid shirt from Express. [LA Times]
  • The top 10 new models of the Fall/Winter 09 show season: 90% white, 10% Japanese, 50% not actually “new.” []
  • Do. Not. Want. Spanx clothing. No, just…no. [Glamour]
  • Christian Siriano has picked up one hell of a stockist for his line: Saks Fifth Avenue. The department store will sell his fall collection in a new store-within-a-store for emerging talents. [WWD]
  • Iekeliene Stange, the quirky Dutch supermodel/photographer, has an exhibition opening in London this Wednesday, following a successful show in Berlin. [The Horse Hospital]
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