SJP Says Carrie Makes Her "Bolder"; Louboutin Realizes His Shoes Are Uncomfortable

  • SJP on Carrie‘s style influence: “I’ve never revealed as much or been so daring or made quite as many triumphant mistakes as Carrie. But I’m now bolder than I would have been had I never played this part.” [People]
  • In case she for any reason wanted to look back, a Sex And The City 2 book is coming out May 18, and it will document every single outfit worn in the film by each character. It is over 500 pages. [Racked]
  • Lindsay Lohan‘s first accessory for 6126 is a handbag that looks, um, exceedingly heavy. And like it could double as a weapon. [People]
  • Adriana Lima might have had preeclampsia and a premature birth, but the really important aspect of her pregnancy is clearly its effect on her body. Has she lost the “baby weight”? Is she working out? Drinking faddish shakes? Is she back in supermodel form? How hard was it? “It wasn’t that bad. It was easy.” [People]
  • André Leon Talley has 48 black t-shirts with glittery NAACP logos. And don’t accuse him of currying sexual favor: “I have never slept with any designer. I have slept in many designers’ beds as a guest, but I have never slept with or had an affair with a designer, male or female.” [Fashionologie]
  • The Vogue editor confirms he will return as a judge for the next season of America’s Next Top Model — and he has dreams of performing a one-man show he’s been honing. Please oh God let that happen. Screw nighttime television, this man needs to be on Broadway! [Coutorture]
  • Massimo Ferragamo, the son of Salvatore and the head of Ferragamo in the U.S., has put his 15-room Park Avenue penthouse on the market for $16 million. [NYTimes]
  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s jewelry line for Asprey has launched its first men’s item: a pair of $11,000 cufflinks. Proceeds are for charity, etc. [Justluxe]
  • Carey Mulligan‘s BAFTA dress, the black-and-white Vionnet, has been donated to a charity auction that will benefit Oxfam. Also up for grabs are donations from Alexa Chung and Elle MacPherson‘s wardrobes. [Vogue UK]
  • Jil Sander plans to write a book. She seems to be choosing her publisher carefully — which is understandable, given her experiences of sour partnerships past, coughPradacough. [WWD]
  • Also putting out a book is Anna Sui. Sui’s book will feature a foreword (by her), an introduction (by Steven Meisel), a preface (by Jack White), and 400 images. How much introduction does one book need? [WWD]
  • The Times investigates Michelle Obama‘s financial effects on the designers she favors. While most are doing fine, Maria Pinto went out of business (uh, Times, that was three months ago) and some high-end retailers say people who drop four grand on a dress prefer it when it has not been photographed extensively on any public figure. [NYTimes]
  • Obama still has yet to pick anything by Oscar de la Renta, who has been a go-to designer for First Ladies since the days of Betty Ford. Obama has in fact worn clothing by his son, Moises de la Renta, but when he saw her wearing a fantastic Peter Soronen gown at a ball, “I was dying of jealousy,” de la Renta noted. [WaPo]
  • Speaking of brands whose fates Michelle Obama has influenced, Liz Jones gives a dim assessment of J. Crew, which is finally available in the U.K. online. [Daily Mail]
  • Christian Louboutin‘s third Barbie costs $150 and comes with a green dress and three pairs of shoes. [DFR]
  • Louboutin on the Met Ball: “There were a lot of women wearing my shoes. And some of them came up to me and told me they were uncomfortable!” [WWD]
  • Mohammed Al Fayed sold the legendary London department store Harrods to the Qatari royal family’s investment firm for a reported £1.5 billion. [Vogue UK]
  • This year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America awards will feature a live presentation of Alexander McQueen‘s fall collection, which was shown posthumously in Paris. This will be the first time since that the clothes have been shown. [WWD]
  • A 9-year-old from Queens named Fatima Ptacek earns $250,000 a year from modeling, and speaks fluent Spanish and studies Mandarin. She’s also a keen chess player and a state-ranked gymnast and it is Monday morning so we give up now. [NYPost]
  • In all the discussion of France‘s proposed ban on the burqa and the niqab, truly this one angle has been neglected: its effects on wealthy tourists from Persian Gulf states, who might be deterred from toddling across the road from the Plaza Athenée to the Chanel store in their customary swaddling by the threat of a fine. Oh, how will the luxury industry survive this horrific affront to freedom of religious expression? [ToL]
  • The mother of Samantha Harris, the Australian model of mixed Aboriginal and European descent, was one of the Stolen Generations, the thousands of children taken from their parents by the Australian government to be raised away from indigenous culture. The government removed children from their families from the late 19th Century through the 1970s; a formal apology was finally issued by the Australian Prime Minister in 2008. [Independent]
  • Bobbi Brown is a) Copying Dodai‘s steez and b) Really crap at it. [PhotoshopDisasters]
  • Whoops. Piaget clearly isn’t ready for social media primetime. [WWD via Fashionista]
  • “Few understand that fashion is so powerful,” says Ali Hewson, who founded the ethical fashion line Edun, 49% owned since last year by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy. “It is not superficial, as so many think. It has the ability to change lives and lift millions out of poverty.” [ToL]
  • One reason that H&M has been slow to expand into places like Florida and Texas is that the retailer isn’t sure how to merchandise its stores in climates that lack seasons. [WSJ]
  • Turns out the woman who made Katy Perry‘s light-up dress once worked for Valentino. They weren’t so keen on clothes with batteries. [NYMag]
  • Some designer named Alexandra Vidal, who apparently has some connection to Leighton Meester, is having some trunk sale somewhere. [P6]
  • On the occasion of Uniqlo‘s announcement of a 90,000 square foot monster mega-store on Fifth Avenue, Bryan Urstadt looks at the Japanese company’s expansion and enthusiastic adoption by New Yorkers. [NYMag]
  • CNN contributor Roland Martin, whose habit of wearing ascots on television Jon Stewart recently parodied, is in talks to sell his own line of neckwear. In the future, everyone will have a fashion line for 15 minutes. [Mediaite]
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