Natalie To Do Dior; Tyra Has New Modeling Polaroids

  • Natalie Portman will be the latest face of Christian Dior perfumes. She joins a stable that includes Sharon Stone, Charlize Theron, and Monica Bellucci. Some common perfume ingredients are hazardous to health; some are animal products. Is perfume vegan? [WWD]
  • Tyra Banks, her swimsuit, and her smize feature in this new set of Polaroids from her agency, IMG. Banks recently re-signed with IMG. It’s not unheard of for agencies to retouch their digital polaroids, especially for high-profile clients whose pictures will be subject to extra scrutiny. [Fashin]
  • Fashionista is reporting a tip that Gwyneth Paltrow shot with Mario Testino last week. Testino is Anna Wintour‘s go-to cover photographer, and as Robbie Myers helpfully just pointed out, September issues are closing this month. Could Gwyneth be Vogue‘s September cover? It’s hard to bring ourselves to care much about this, in all honesty, given how ridiculous Vogue will almost certainly make her look. [Fashionista]
  • Last night at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards, Marc Jacobs took home the women’s wear prize, Rag & Bone won for men’s wear, and Alexis Bittar won for accessories. The Swarovski Awards for emerging talent went to Richard Chai in the men’s wear category, Jason Wu for women’s wear, and Alexander Wang took it for accessories. Michael Kors, as previously announced, won the lifetime achievement award, Iman was named the fashion icon, and Sarah Jessica Parker presented a special tribute to Alexander McQueen. [WWD]
  • Is it possible that Joseph AltuzarraCathy Horyn‘s favorite for the Swarovski women’s wear prize — didn’t win because of some similarities between his designs and those of Tom Ford? [DFR]
  • Anna Wintour got laughs from the crowd when she recalled a trip to Jamaica with Kors. The designer was swimming, and when Ralph Lauren turned up on the beach, he refused to get out of the water because he didn’t want Lauren to see him in his swimsuit. Kim Hastreiter of Paper said, when she accepted the Eugenia Sheppard award, “I hope the fashion world looks beyond the usual suspects. Just because you’re cute, well-connected, rich, or the offspring of someone famous doesn’t mean you design great stuff.” That earned applause. []
  • Sarah Jessica Parker, shamelessly neglecting her duties to the fashion industry, wore strange items known as jeans and Chuck Taylors onto an airplane earlier this week. [Daily Mail]
  • Michael Kors, in case you care, loves Lady Gaga. “Divine. I have to tell you, Lady Gaga makes me feel the way I felt when I first went to F.I.T. and I was 18 and going to Studio 54 five nights a week. At 18, you feel like the world is fabulous. I had no idea that New York was in full collapse, the city was bankrupt, there was garbage on the street. Back then you had energy, you had something that was a little left of center that changed people’s opinions and their attitudes. I think that’s what she’s doing right now.” [NYPost]
  • And he brought Gwyneth Paltrow to the CFDAs. [People]
  • Wow. We actually had assumed Hubert de Givenchy must be dead by now. [Independent]
  • Naomi Campbell and her former agent, Carol White, are suing each other over a perfume endorsement deal gone bad. Campbell says White abused her position of trust to get Campbell to sign a contract she didn’t fully understand, while White concealed her own financial interest in the perfume company Moodform. Moodform is suing Campbell for breaching their 12-year contract. The case is ongoing, but in one affidavit, White alleged that the supermodel canceled an awards show appearance in Australia because the building’s elevator was not working, and she didn’t want to walk up two flights of stairs. [NYP]
  • Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos have announced they are dissolving the line they have operated together for ten years, Lutz and Patmos. Neither would elaborate on the reasons, saying only that they are each looking forward to “getting to explore the next creative chapter in our lives,” in Lutz’s words. Neither would talk about the company’s financial situation. [WWD]
  • Abercrombie & Fitch has a new policy that its hourly employees are grumbling about: to earn a half-hour break, employees must now work for six hours straight, instead of five hours, which had been the rule. [WSJ]
  • Viktor & Rolf might be doing another mass-market collaboration. [Fashionologie]
  • And Mulberry is releasing a Target line on October 10. [WWD]
  • Self‘s publisher, Kim Kelleher, is leaving the company for Sports Illustrated. [WWD]
  • BCBG Max Azria, which has faced bankruptcy rumors in recent months, has partnered with a private equity group to buy a German department store with more than 90 locations, named Karstadt. [DFR]
  • Galeries Lafayette and Printemps have failed in their bid to get the city of Paris to allow them to open on Sundays. Currently, only stores located along one street in the Marais district, and those on the Champs-Elysées, are permitted to trade on Sundays. The two department stores are nonetheless allowed to open on five Sundays per year. [WWD]
  • Versace is still losing money. Revenues declined by 19% on last year. [Vogue UK]
  • Talbots had a better-than-expected first quarter, so it is raising its profit forecasts for the full year. [TS]
  • Givenchy used lots of black-and-white stripes in its fall collection. Now chain stores are coming out with black-and-white striped items! Fashion, always so predictable. [Fashionista]
  • Speaking of knock-offs, Italy is starting to enforce an old law that allows the police to levy fines of up to €10,000 against the buyers of fake designer goods. One Austrian tourists who bought a counterfeit Louis Vuitton bag for €7 was hit with a €1,000 fine. [ToL]
  • If you want to buy a knock-off of the McQueen Armadillo shoe, now one exists. And is frightening. [Refinery29]
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