Tilda Smells Like Holidays; Designer Makes Road-Kill Hats

  • Tilda, on her fragrance: “My son tells me it smells like Christmas.” [WWD]
  • “I like to look at paintings mainly, like those of Francis Bacon. Or Mapplethorpe, Newton, and Penn,” says noted hottie/photographer Victor Demarchelier, son of Patrick. [Style.com]
  • David Bailey still thinks of himself as working-class. “I never had a chip on my shoulder. Michael Caine’s working-class…see, I never knew snobbery as a kid, in the East End you’re all the same.” Bailey, the inspiration for the asshole photographer in Blow-Up>, called his models “rat face,” at least according to Susan Moncur. “You can’t photograph someone’s soul…I mean, what I can do is get the way you move, your body language. I photograph your space, in a way.” [Guardian]
  • And That’s When We Stopped Reading, vermin edition: “James Faulkner, an aspiring fashion designer, has used the wings, feathers and furs of animals killed on roads to create an entire range of headgear.” [Telegraph]
  • Even though Phillips-Van Heusen bought the rights to the Tommy Hilfiger trademark when it paid a reported $3 billion for a controlling interest in Tommy Hilfiger, it is reportedly worried that Hilfiger the man may try to use his name in connection with other ventures. (He has reportedly been quietly buying up small and mid-sized clothing brands through an investment partnership, and it’s possible he might someday want to use his name to promote them.) Case law in this area is definitely on the side of the trademark holder, though it can take years to reach a judgment where both parties are wealthy and litigious. After Joseph Abboud sold the rights to his name, the trademark holder sued him for using his name in connection with another fashion line, and the resulting judgment restricted Abboud from mentioning his name in anything but the fine print of his company press releases. [NYP]
  • Meanwhile, Richemont, the Swiss/South African luxury conglomerate that owns Chloé and Cartier, among other brands, has bought up 70% of Net-A-Porter. (It already owned a 30% share.) Founder Natalie Massenet is said to be receiving £50 million in return for her 18% of the online retailer. [Vogue UK]
  • Inspectors in south-eastern China performed quality-control tests on clothing and accessories made by Hermès, Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss, and Trussardi, and found most of the garments lacking. More than 60%, the government says, were poorly made. Some were not color fast, and others were found to contain formaldehyde or acid. They “could have caused skin rashes, eye irritations, allergies, respiratory problems and even cancer,” according to the state-controlled English-language newspaper the China Daily. The inspectors also sought to point out that all of the clothes had been made outside China, in countries like France, Italy, and Turkey. The boutiques that sold the clothes will be fined. [Telegraph]
  • The founder of Bumble & Bumble made a documentary about Vidal Sassoon. It premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival next month, and will open later this year. [Elle UK]
  • Jenni Farley always uses the same three words to describe her clothing line: “Sexy,” “edgy,” and “rock ‘n’ roll.” Well, add “unisex” to the list of descriptors: “It’s easy the unisex thing. What I make for girls looks good on guys. I kind of like that unisex vibe I was giving. I was always particular of when a guys where [sic] jeans and then I was like, why don’t I just make them?” [Radaronline]
  • Well, here’s one reason: “It’s an insult to the fashion industry for people who have studied this craft, researched it, traveled the world looking for inspiration compared to someone who just pulls something out of their closet and changes the color,” says Miss J. “If you’re going to hire a celebrity to design a line and if they don’t know what they are doing, then they need to hire the right person to sketch and oversee the line.” [PopEater]
  • “I think if you’re not willing to wear your own clothes, you’re doing something wrong. This line was meant to be about my style and pieces I want to walk into a store and want to buy,” says Lauren Conrad of the Kohl’s collection that bears her name, which as we reported yesterday, was actually designed by Ra’mon Coleman of Project Runway fame. [People]
  • While we’re on this topic, let us note: the Kings of Leon collection for Surface to Air includes a leather jacket that sells for $1,220 at Barneys. [FWD]
  • Every time you buy an item from Agyness Deyn‘s collection for Barneys Japan, which someone thought would be a good idea to name I Am Agyness Deyn For Barneys Green, a tree is planted. [Vogue UK]
  • Repeat: Karl Lagerfeld‘s departure from Chanel is not imminent. He is not being replaced with Lanvin‘s Alber Elbaz. All that the spreader of this latest version of the rumor, Grazia Australia, has to say for itself is, “where there’s (consistent) smoke, there could well be a bonfire…” Bloody Aussies. [Vogue UK]
  • Roberto Cavalli got himself a Facebook page, a blog, and a Twitter account, all in the same day. It’s like the Orange One just realized it’s 2010 or something. [SB]
  • Louis Vuitton is way ahead of you, Bob. Yves Carcelle bragged to Women’s Wear Daily that the brand already has close to a million Facebook fans. [WWD]
  • “A few days later, Noor Seear chose one for ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon” premiere, in Los Angeles.” What is it with British newspapers and models’ names? “Noot” ain’t that hard to remember, copy desk. [Telegraph]
  • Susannah Frankel, given a week to research it, names the artists whose works found their way onto McQueen‘s textiles as “Jean Fouquet, Sandro Botticelli, Stephan Lochner, Hans Memling, Hugo van der Goes, Jean Hey and Hieronymus Bosch.” If anyone is still curious. [Independent]
  • For all of you who were worried how Taylor Jacobson would put food on her table, absent the favor of Rachel Zoe, fear no more: she has cadged some consulting work for Armani Exchange in Los Angeles. [Fashion Indie]
  • Bvlgari lost $65.4 million last year. In 2008, it made a profit of $121.8 million. Revenues for the year were down 13.8%, but the execs think 2010 will be their turnaround year. They’d better hope so. [WWD]
  • We would totally wear Repetto marbled jazz shoes. If they didn’t cost an obscene $455. [FWD]
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