Smell Like Amanda Lepore For Under $1,000; Supermodel Births Superbaby

  • Amanda Lepore has a scent which is more art project than perfume — sold at a gallery for $950, the crystal bottle contains notes of steamed rice, mandarins, champagne, and cucumber. It’s fermented. [NY Times]
  • The first issue of Indian Harper’s Bazaar is now available. It features actress Kareena Kapoor on the cover, and a limited number of the issues are also bedazzled with “Xilion crystalized — Swarovski elements,” whatever those are. [Mag-Scene]
  • Meanwhile, the March ’09 issue of V, featuring Natalia Vodianova and Luke Grimes, has a glow-in-the-dark cover logo. [The Cut]
  • Back at London fashion week, Sienna Miller threw a “raucous” party for the label she co-runs with her sister Savannah. Her entire street was reportedly clogged with guests and their cars, and she didn’t even warn the neighbors. [Daily Mail]
  • Niki Taylor gave birth to a daughter, named Ciel Taylor Lamar, with husband Burney Lamar yesterday, the day before her birthday. Aw. [People]
  • Chanel Iman has been publicly confirmed as Bar Refaeli’s co-host on the revived MTV House of Style. [Sassybella]
  • UK Esquire named Prince Charles its best-dressed man. [Yahoo! News]
  • Lou Doillon is opening a concept store in Paris’s 11th arrondissement. So we can add that to the list of places where I’d shop if I had any money. [Fashionista]
  • For a wrap-up of the Milan shows from Aquilano e Rimondi to Versace, you can’t really go past Cathy Horyn‘s analysis for the Times. [NY Times]
  • New York decided to count models of color on the runways in Milan — and the results, especially after such a promising season in New York, are depressing. Dozens of shows with all-white casts, and then a cameo from Jourdan Dunn, does not diversity make. [The Cut]
  • And, just like that, it’s on to Paris. [WWD]
  • British bag-maker Mulberry’s January sales were up 30% on last year’s results — although this article doesn’t specify whether those are same-store sales (sales from stores open one year or longer) or if that figure includes sales from stores that have opened in the past 12 months. (Retail expansion inevitably boosts sales but has huge overhead costs, so same-store sales are the measurement usually considered most reliable.) [UK Vogue]
  • A Wall St. analyst upgraded Steve Madden to a “strong buy,” arguing that the share price had hit a floor and that the company was well-positioned with no debt, and the stock price jumped 10% in one day’s trading. [Crain’s]
  • Urban Outfitters‘ same-store sales at subsidiaries Anthropologie and Free People fell during the fourth quarter, and earnings for the company were down 24% as a result. Across the whole business, January sales rose 9%, but same-store sales actually fell by 1%. Urban Outfitters won’t be opening as many stores as it had planned in 2009. [WWD]
  • Jaclyn Smith, former Charlie’s Angel and, given her K-Mart label was launched in 1985, grand-mommy of the celeb clothing line world, says her line is doing fine in the recession, but gives no specifics. [Reuters]
  • Fashion directors at department stores are finding their roles are changing — or being eliminated altogether — during this economic downturn. Harper’s Bazaar interviewed six of them, at top stores like Saks and Bergdorf, only to find that two had been fired by the time the issue went to print. Let’s just all cross our fingers and hope Barneys keeps Simon Doonan in our lives. [NY Times]
  • Clients of models aged under 16 in the Australian state of New South Wales will have to adhere to a code of practice set by the government, and obtain the permission of the state Children’s Guardian, under new legislation under consideration. The government also wants to add a zero to the fine limit for clients found to skip either of the above steps. []
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