Stylist Phillip Bloch, Defender Of Fat Women Everywhere


Fashion stylist Phillip Bloch came to the defense of two apparently overweight guests at the Standard hotel in Manhattan recently. Bloch was riding in an elevator with one of the members of the Village People — as you do — and when the doors opened, a stranger who was also in the lift with announced loudly to the waiting crowd, “No fat people allowed in the elevator! Only people who threw up their dinner can fit.” While the Village Person laughed nervously, Bloch turned to the stranger and insisted that he apologize to the women he’d just insulted. The elevator operator concurred, and the man apologized. Given fashion’s issues with body image — which are legion — this practically qualifies Bloch for Humanitarian of the Year. [NYDN]

Here are preview photos of Clements Ribeiro‘s upcoming line for U.K. plus-size retailer Evans. [Racked]

Thursday Friday, the company that wittily printed color photos of an Hermès Birkin bag onto totes, ended up getting sued for copyright infringement by Hermès. It settled the lawsuit, and ended its production of the bags. But! Now knock-off Thursday Friday “Birkin” totes are popping up all over eBay. And they are of inferior quality. Thursday Friday is seeking eBay’s cooperation in cracking down on the imitators. [WWD]

Italian Vanity Fair printed behind-the-scenes photos of the next Pirelli calendar. Mario Sorrenti shot it, and the models featured include Kate Moss, Lara Stone, and Isabeli Fontana (pictured). [VF]

Hudson Jeans torsomodel and famous surname Patrick Schwarzenegger will speak actual words in some videos for the jeans brand later this month. Way to put the “spokes” in “spokesmodel,” Pat! [WWD]

Here are some fox fur boots by Casadei that cost $2,700. [NYTimes]

  • Forbes ranked the world’s 100 most powerful women. Anna Wintour made the list at number 69. Wintour consented to an interview. Her opener? The editor “stormed” into her office and “hoarsely demanded,” “Are you ready for me?” The magazine’s reporter asked Wintour to name her least favorite stereotype about powerful women, and she replied, “there are stereotypes about women. I often don’t hear men talked about in the same way. It’s more a sexist stereotype than a powerful stereotype.” Wintour also said her intimidating reputation (this is the lady who’s nicknamed Nuclear Wintour, remember) is “just something that’s been fabricated by the media.” [Forbes, Forbes]
  • Fashion Week Daily, quoting “high-ranking industry sources,” reports that Marc Jacobs is indeed slated to take over at Christian Dior. Dior had no comment. [FWD]
  • Meanwhile, Robert Duffy, Marc Jacobs’ business partner, told the Wall Street Journal “”[Marc] could do a couture line.” [Vogue UK]
  • Target relaunched its website. The old site had been administered by Amazon, which handled all of the payments and customer-service (for a cut), but the new one is all Target. And just in time for the retailer’s much-anticipated Missoni collection. [WWD]
  • Twiggy is releasing another album; it’s called Romantically Yours, and it’s ballads. [Vogue UK]
  • Payless ShoeSource‘s parent company says it is going to close 475 money-losing stores in the next three years. [WSJ]
  • Guess earned slightly less money during the quarter just ended ($61 million) than it did during the same period a year ago ($67 million). [WWD]
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