Scarlett Laments Her "Schmoe" Look; Lady Gaga Makes Off With Priceless Lingerie

  • “Working with these incredible hair and makeup teams, you go in looking like a schmoe, and you come out like a movie star,” Scarlett Johansson tells V. “You’re like this perfectly prepared sausage…no one ever sees what goes in.” [People]
  • Riccardo Tisci has booked a transgender employee for fall’s Givenchy campaign. Lea T., who was the Italian designer’s longtime personal assistant — Tisci even used her as a fit model on his own line, before his Givenchy days — before she transitioned into a career in veterinary medicine, was born a man named Leo. Lea appears alongside Mariacarla Boscono, Malgosia Bela, Joan Smalls, and several male models. [WWD]
  • Olivier Zahm on Terry Richardson, his frequent collaborator, and those pesky allegations of misconduct: “It’s totally ridiculous and embarrassing for them. The women who attacked Richardson, it’s really sad…I can’t understand how people can be so mean. I don’t even see their point.” Paz de la Huerta chimes in, “You know, I’ve worked with people who I could easily say exploited me, but at the same time, I was willing to be exploited. And I decided to heal from those experiences on my own, and not to make them a public affair.” [The Cut]
  • As if we needed one more argument against men who buy Magnums — don’t click this link unless you’ve already had your breakfast. [Terry’s Diary]
  • Adriana Lima, Hugh Jackman, and Narciso Rodriguez were among those who gathered for a fun-sounding fund-raiser at a gym for the East Harlem School. [WSJ]
  • Women’s Wear Daily spends ten long paragraphs detailing Bono‘s life — how being in the male-dominated field of music is like “being on an oil rig in the cold North Sea,” on the transformative qualities of “feminine power,” on bootleg concert recordings, philanthropy, favorite books, journalism (“Journalism is the best job”), and the recent death of Irish radio personality Gerry Ryan — and three short paragraphs talking about his wife Ali Hewson‘s new skincare products, the promotion of which was the technical purpose of Bono’s presence. Oh well. [WWD]
  • There may be increasing numbers of jobs available for middle-aged models. Most of them are still pretty “commercial” in the industry’s parlance, but they reflect demographic changes — as Baby Boomers age, they still comprise an important segment of the skin-cream-and-clothes-shopping market. [NYTimes]
  • Rumor has it that Lindsay Lohan has her heart set on playing Kate Moss in a biopic. Which makes perfect sense because they both have vanity fashion lines, and use cocaine. [ShowbizSpy]
  • Heidi Klum and Seal renew their vows every year on their wedding anniversary. “It’s so special to us, something we love and something our children have gotten accustomed to,” says Klum. “It’s like, ‘Hey, Mom and Dad love each other and they get married every year!'”[Redbook]
  • The Environmental Protection Agency seems to be cracking down on companies that make faddish claims of their products’ anti-bacterial qualities. The North Face was fined $207,000 for saying that its shoes were anti-microbial, when they had never in fact been tested. A company that manufactures headphones was fined $220,000 by the agency, and a company that marketed bathroom fixtures to hospitals that it said would prevent the spread of bacteria was fined $98,300. The fact that “anti-microbial” clothing sounds like something Howard Hughes would have worn hasn’t stopped increasing numbers of fashion companies to make such claims of its fabrics and products. [Reuters]
  • Giorgio Armani may have been snubbed by the stars on the Met Ball red carpet, but he still gets to make Alicia Keys look pretty for her European tour. [WWD]
  • Bespoke lingerie makers Rigby & Peller — they make the Queen‘s underthings — are upset at Lady Gaga. The company lent her seven prototypes from its fall collection for a music video, but the singer only returned three in time for Rigby & Peller’s show. [Mirror]
  • Alexander Wang, or maybe Helmut Lang / Givenchy, Phillip Lim thats just to name some names.” Cam’ron shares his thoughts on fashion. [YouTube]
  • “Wide-set eyes, full lips — nobody invented full lips — long neck, legs long. Good legs are essential. I’m sick and tired of seeing that the answer depends on the soul.” Eileen Ford, 88, the founder of Ford Models, defines beauty. [WWD]
  • Jimmy Choo is doing a kind of social media Amazing Race of footwear. We like. [Reuters]
  • “I’d ride my bike to the library and just rip out pages and keep everything.” Photographer of editors’ shoes Tommy Ton, child library vandal. []
  • We don’t know why it is that Neckface and the photographer Keichi Nitta are imitating different fashion personalities for Clark magazine — we’ve never even heard of Clark until now — but hot damn is their take on Karl Lagerfeld awesome. [High Snobiety]
  • Versace has won a seven-year legal battle against 70 retail stores in Arizona and Southern California that the company accused of selling counterfeit products. For its troubles, Versace will get $20 million in damages. [Reuters]
  • “He was an extremely thoughtful and generous boss, a creative genius no matter what he turned his mind to, and he had the ability to push design and tailoring techniques to new extremes. His love and understanding of the female shape has undeniably been an influence in the way I view the cut and shape of trousers around the female body.” — Designer Tara Mearan on the late Alexander McQueen. [Vogue UK]
  • The Met gala raised $9 million for the Costume Institute this year, the most of any gala ever, and nearly double the paltry $5.4 million that the event generated last year. Who says there’s a recession? [WWD]
  • Rick Owens was invited to the ball, and he happened to be making a rare trip to New York this week on business, anyway. But he didn’t go, “for reasons he would rather not discuss,” says Women’s Wear Daily. Anyone got any ideas? [WWD]
  • Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte wanted to cast the world’s top models in their first runway show. “We would ask for these models who were the most famous models in the world and couldn’t understand why we couldn’t get them,” said Kate. “[We were like], ‘What do you mean we can’t get Gemma Ward to walk in our show?'” continued Laura. [Fashionologie]
  • Australian designer Dion Lee is the toast of Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, earning accolades from fashion writer Tim Blanks, among others. [Vogue UK]
  • A lunch with Simon Doonan (and a $5,000 Barneys gift card) currently has the highest bids of any lot in a charity auction run by Christie’s — $60,000. A date with Jude Law on his movie set, by comparison, was stuck at $1,100, and lunch with Hugh Jackman is going for $8,000. “I always assumed Jude Law and Hugh Jackman had infinitely more wattage than me, but clearly I have to reevaluate,” says the Barneys creative director. “It hasn’t changed me at all, but I am going to have my office lined in a leopard carpet and wear a smoking jacket and ascot to work.” [WWD]
  • Kate Spade is bringing out “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” bracelets. Let your inner Beastie Boys fan rejoice, or else lament this as yet another consumerist infringement on the culture of our youth, or something. [Racked]
  • An Ann Taylor dress worn by Milla Jovovich and Hillary Rhoda in the store’s campaign sold out within two days of its release, and has been selling for upwards of $300 on eBay. [StyleList]
  • Decades and Decades 2 owner Cameron Silver is starting a denim line, priced from $99. [Fashionista]
  • The alleged Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, worked in the accounting department at Elizabeth Arden from 2002-2006. [WWD]
  • Agyness Deyn and her sister Emily Hollins are in an ad for a Uniqlo t-shirt that features Emily’s photos. [DFR]
  • Good news everybody! Liz Claiborne only lost $71.8 million in the last three months. Last year in the same time period, they lost $91.4 million. [Forbes]
  • “I kind of looked at it at first as an art project, just like a fun hobby, which is what I think a job should be. I started sourcing fabrics and making things that were pretty and beautiful that I would wear, and wasn’t so savvy about the business of it. It’s difficult – you do what you love and don’t necessarily think of the business side of it. It’s taken a bunch of people to reign me in, making it more affordable and accessible.” — Whitney Port, on her design process. [StyleList]
  • Here is a 12″ high stiletto. They cost $1,500. [HuffPo]
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