Supermodel Stays In Style Without Men; Sasha & Malia Take Topshop

  • Helena Christensen told InStyle magazine that she’s never lived with a man — although she was actually married for five years. [Daily Mail]
  • Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance at the Tribeca Ball, an event that benefits the New York Academy of Art. A fashion crowd including designer Jason Wu mingled with performers like Liev Schreiber and Justin Timberlake, hotel impresario Andre Balazs, and socialites. The event was filled with student art; Timberlake and Schreiber reportedly took a lot of interest in an exhibit that included two live models whose bodies guests were invited to paint and decorate with eggshells. At the end of the night, Bill Clinton’s security detail was also overheard muttering, “That man is a chick magnet.” [WWD]
  • Speaking of politico-sartorial news, Sarah Brown, wife of the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, met with Michelle Obama for more than an hour during her husband’s state visit. Brown’s gift to the First Lady was kid’s clothes from TopShop for Sasha and Malia; like Michelle Obama, Sarah Brown sometimes likes to mix inexpensive chain-store items in with her wardrobe. I know, right! [Telegraph]
  • Arena, the British men’s magazine, is another casualty of the recession. The April, 2009, issue will be its last. Arena Homme Plus, the twice-yearly fashion magazine spinoff, is supposedly not affected, and nor are the six international editions, all of which are published under license. [WWD]
  • Tracy Feith for Target doesn’t get into stores until May 17, but lookbook images have already surfaced. The clothes are — not great. (There’s a romper with bloomer shorts.) But one of the models is Allie from The City, if that makes any difference to you. [Racked]
  • That other, slightly better, Target designer collection — Alexander McQueen‘s McQ line — is now available online. [Racked]
  • Badgley Mischka‘s spring campaign, shot by Annie Leibovitz, features Anjelica Huston, Brooke Shields, Lauren Hutton, Eva Longoria…and Carrie Underwood. [WWD]
  • I really hope that Agent Provocateur, the lingerie label, won’t be hurt by all this press about their “racy” and “saucy” new ad campaign. I mean, what if The Sun were to determine it “crosses” the line”? I imagine that’d be just terrible. [The Sun]
  • An ad for Olay‘s Regenerist wrinkle cream has been banned in England for being “offensive and demeaning to women” — because the makers, Proctor and Gamble, lied about the results of a study of the cream’s effectiveness, and implied that cosmetic injections were an inevitable step in as any woman aged. [Telegraph]
  • In Milan, Roberto Cavalli showed an 80s-heavy collection that was so small the LA Times wondered if all his samples had arrived. Could the cash bleed of his diffusion line, Just Cavalli — whose licensee, Ittierre, went bankrupt, and then sued Cavalli this week for angry statements the designer had made to the media about his losses — be affecting his main line? [LA Times]
  • Scarlett Johansson, face of Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics, was the inspiration for the makeup at Dolce & Gabbana. Pat McGrath recreated “modern Hollywood glamor” with false lashes, liquid eyeliner, and red lips, not that anyone’s ever done that before. [WWD]
  • The booker of Auguste Abeliunaite, the Lithuanian 16-year-old who cried on the Jil Sander runway, says Abeliunaite won’t be going to Paris, despite walking four top shows in Milan, because she’s too young. But Paris sets — and actually does a good job enforcing — 16 as the minimum age for runway work. (Milan has no age limit.) And a girl who’d walked any show cast by Russell Marsh, let alone Prada, would be sent to Paris yesterday if she were really 16. My guess is this pale-eyed schoolgirl has a passport that makes her out to be 15 or younger. [WSJ]
  • There’s good news and bad news on the retail front this morning. First, let’s do bad: The Body Shop is cutting 275 jobs. [WWD]
  • And Kenneth Cole‘s fourth quarter loss has increased, to $12 million. [WWD]
  • Liz Claiborne‘s fourth quarter net loss also widened — to $828.9 million. The company also declined to provide an earnings forecast for 2009. [WSJ]
  • Adidas, meanwhile, increased its fourth quarter profits by 151%, or to a net of $74 million. [WWD]
  • And all the designers are cutting costs — by rooming together at the Ritz for the Paris shows. Alexander Wang, Brian Reyes, and Victoria Bartlett are reportedly sharing digs, which sounds like the most awesome sleepover, ever. [The Cut]
  • There’s an unusual juxtaposition of stories in WWD‘s brief items this morning: first up is Simon Doonan, who was asked about the fashion industry’s troubles at an AIDS benefit auction he co-hosted with Tim Gunn, which is all standard fare. But then next is a paragraph about an ultrarunner who spent five years running across six continents, all of which was filmed by his wife for a documentary, and in so doing raised $400,000 for an Alaska-based charity. The fashion content of the latter story is unclear; the reporter, in being dragged so far from his realm of expertise, also seems to have gotten a little confused. Something about the sentence, “His wife was held with a knife to her throat for more than an hour at the Morocco-Gibraltar border,” strikes one as off. Perhaps because there is no “Morocco-Gibraltar border” — only some 7.7 nautical miles of sea. [WWD]
  • Paris Hilton‘s perfume will exist for another five years. Sigh. [WWD]
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