Shockingly, Britney Spears, Elle Cover Model, Is Not That Into Fashion


Says Britney Spears to Elle in the brand-new October issue:

“I love my jeans and my sweats-I’m really just a tomboy at heart. So it’s really hard for me to be like Kim Kardashian and be makeup-and hair-ready every time I go out of my house. I’m not a believer in that, you know? On the other hand, when you do wear those sweats, you’re like, Oh God, I should step it up a notch.”

On Elle‘s Web site, this quote runs alongside a photo in which the magazine styled the singer in a pair of sparkly hot pants, a $3,795 leather jacket, and a gauzy layer of irony. [Elle]

Keira Knightley wears Chanel couture and one silver gauntlet on the cover of Vogue‘s October issue. [Fashionista]

Last night, the Blonds showed a typically and gloriously over-the-top collection of elaborate corsets to an audience that included everyone from Paris Hilton to Rico “Zombie Boy” Genest to the ’90s trans porn star Allanah Starr. It was, in a word, fun.

We noticed Grace Coddington carrying an advance copy of her memoir to the shows the other day. Turns out Coddington was even paging through it in the front row during Rag & Bone. [Fashionista]

Chris Benz announced at his spring presentation that he’s moving to a slightly lower pricepoint — the “contemporary” section of the apparel market — for spring. That still means dresses in the $400 range at retail, but lower prices are always welcome. “We have such a great fan base,” says Benz, “and there’s so many people that love what we do, we really just want to give people that same lovin’ back.” [Racked]

  • Just two days after the spring DVF show — the one styled with those kooky Google glasses — creative director Yvan Mispelaere is out at Diane von Furstenberg, effective immediately. The soft-spoken Mispelaere has been at the company since 2010; from now on, von Furstenberg will oversee the house’s business and creative teams herself, according to a statement. [WWD]
  • Terry Richardson announced on his blog that his mother, photographer Annie Lomax, has died at age 74. Lomax — who was a frequent subject of Richardson’s work, including some of his nude photography — was born Norma Kessler, but was given the name Annie by her second husband, musician Jackie Lomax. (Her marriage to photographer Bob Richardson, Terry’s father, broke up when her husband left her for model Anjelica Huston.) Terry has described his mother as “a better photographer than me and my father put together. Her pictures are incredible.” Lomax was left partially paralyzed by a car accident in the 1960s. [Terry’s Diary]
  • Karl Lagerfeld hosted a party in Paris for his Shu Uemura collaboration. [WWD]
  • At the party for W‘s October issue, a smoke machine triggered a fire alarm that blared for more than 20 minutes until the fire department showed up. [WWD]
  • Alison Pill is turning 27 in November. “I want a birthday that involves me and the movie Oliver and Company and some Champagne and some marijuana,” she says. “Yeah, put this shit in the magazine! Give me the best birthday ev-ah!” [The Cut]
  • Florence Welch will wear Gucci on the next Florence and the Machine tour. [WWD]
  • Carmen Dell’Orefice, the 81-year-old supermodel, walked in the Marimekko show at New York fashion week. In this interview, she gently scolds a reporter about sunscreen use — “I can see your lovely, little charming freckles at your age. You’re very vulnerable unless you have sunblock.” (When we profiled Dell’Orefice earlier this year, she told off the photographer for lighting a Camel on set.) Turns out Dell’Orefice had to have some cancerous moles removed recently because she was a fan of tanning in her youth. Dell’Orefice says she feels like the last of her generation: “All my friends are dead. All the models I cared about or knew are gone.” [Fashionista]
  • Karlie Kloss is buying an apartment in the West Village. [P6]
  • Dutch model Odile Coco says during her first season in New York, she’s been impressed by the way New Yorkers dress. “I’ve seen tutus, sneakers, red wigs,” she says. And when she’s standing at a presentation for an hour or two, “I people-watch, for sure.” [WWD]
  • Doutzen Kroes says she’s already thinking about her diet and workout regimen in preparation for the Victoria’s Secret show in November. She’s been snacking on edamame. “I wish they would have that in cinemas, so when you watch a movie you could chew on it,” she says. “It would be perfect because it’s salty, and then you don’t need the popcorn and butter.” [P6]
  • J Brand jeans may be for sale. The company reportedly has sales of over $100 million annually, and potential suitors may include apparel giants VF Corp, PVH, and Warnaco. [WWD]
  • Nordstrom is planning an aggressive Canadian expansion. [WWD]
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