Wintour Hates Jerk Chicken; PETA Is Pissed At Brooke

  • Anna Wintour is going all NIMBY on restaurateur Serge Becker. Becker has a new Jamaican restaurant opening near Wintour’s West Village townhouse, and she’s warned him not to plan any parties there that might generate noise — or smells. [PX]
  • A Vogue rep confirms Wintour has been making a fuss: “It’s not just Anna Wintour who has voiced concerns, but in fact many people in the neighborhood.” [P6]
  • Meanwhile, Wintour won’t let a little thing like the unexpected resignation of the Japanese prime minister stop her from running a planned story about the (now former) first lady of Japan. After sending Annie Leibovitz and her team around the world to shoot her, we wouldn’t exactly be keen to write off that cost, either. [WWD]
  • Kelis, The Like, and DJ Justine D will play a concert on the High Line to celebrate Elle‘s Women in Music issue. [WWD]
  • Former Harper’s Bazaar editor Kate Betts hates clogs. A lot. [TDB]
  • If you have a spare £30,000 lying around, you could probably take home — or at least make respectable bids on — two gorgeous Alexander McQueen gowns being auctioned later this month. [Telegraph]
  • Joss Stone, on designing a collection for Nine West: “I don’t know shit! I just kind of give my opinion on what I know and what’s in my own head and what I like, but I don’t really know anything.” This is readily evident from the new footwear line that bears her name. [The Cut]
  • Everything in Lucky‘s July issue will cost less than $100. [Racked]
  • Rodeo Drive is getting a Ferris wheel for Fashion’s Night Out this September. [WWD]
  • Care what Bianca Jagger thinks about U.K. domestic politics? No? Well, Vogue thinks you do. [Vogue UK]
  • PETA is upset that Brooke Shields went to Denmark to visit the workshop of Kopenhagen Furs, to fulfill her daughter’s dream of designing a mink coat. [E!]
  • “Major retailers agree to limit lead in handbags.” Just the kind of reassuring headline one loves to read of a morning. [AP]
  • Lucky Brand denim infringes on the trademarks of a pre-existing Miami-based fashion line, a judge has ruled. Also infringing are Lucky Brand’s slogans “Get Lucky” and and all other references to “lucky.” The Liz Claiborne-owned company must pay a brand called Get Lucky $300,000 in damages. [Crain’s]
  • Two items from Pearl Lowe‘s collection for U.K. mass-market retailer Peacocks sold out within 48 hours. Unsurprising, considering they look like really cute vintage copies. [Vogue UK]
  • New Aquascutum designer Joanna Sykes intends to take the brand’s accessories, which were previously designed and manufactured under license, in-house. Could the brand come back as a handbag concern? [SB]
  • What self-respecting luxury house wouldn’t want to try, given that Longchamp has sold more than 16 million of its “le Pliage” bags since 1993. [NYTimes]
  • Laetitia Casta has joined the cast of Behind The Walls, a 3-D fantasy movie set in 1922. [Variety]
  • Lacoste has denied that Catherine Malandrino will be taking over as its creative director, following the departure of Christophe Lemaire for Hermès. [Fashionologie]
  • Ivanka Trump is adding handbags to her accessories line. [WWD]
  • Former Wonderbra model Caprice will design a lingerie line for Bhs, in what Philip Green hopes will be the equivalent of his Topshop chain’s wildly successful Kate Moss line. [Vogue UK]
  • Africa Fashion Week is running roughly concurrently with the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals in Johannesburg later this month. [Independent]
  • A public art scavenger hunt partly sponsored by Donna Karan opens today. Participants can pick up keys at a kiosk in Times Square, which will open a variety of city treasures — including a closet in the master bedroom of Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s residence, and the gate to the pedestrian pathway on the George Washington Bridge. We kind of wish it were the High Bridge, but still, sounds pretty cool. [WWD]
  • Fake tan: still gross. “But the fact is this: nearly all sunless tanners on the market today contain the same two active ingredients that they have for years, DHA (short for dihydroxyacetone) and erythrulose, which react with amino acids to turn dead skin an orange-brown color. Most other ingredients fall under the heading of moisturizers, fragrances or marketing gimmicks.” [NYTimes]
  • Since Peter Dundas took the reigns at Pucci, stars have begun wearing the house’s dresses. Many of which he designs with — horrors — none of the signature Pucci prints. [WSJ]
  • Jasmine Al Fayed‘s clothing line, Jasmine di Milo, is closing. [WWD]
  • Macy’s same-store first-quarter sales were up 1.4%. [Crain’s]
  • Wal-Mart‘s first-quarter profits in the apparel sector were up on last year’s results (last year being, remember, a retail annus horribilis) but same-store domestic sales were down 1.5%. Competitor Target‘s same-store sales for the same period rose 2.8%. [WWD]
  • Here’s a rundown by the numbers: Kathie Lee Gifford‘s clothing line brought Wal-Mart $300 million in sales during its first year. Isaac Mizrahi‘s line for Target also sold $300 million annually. Meanwhile, Target guaranteed Mossimo Giannulli $1 billion in sales over ten years when it signed a licensing agreement with him in 2001. Target’s Merona line is being relaunched this fall with “a stronger fashion point of view.” [WWD]
  • Target‘s Go International designer collaborations have together garnered more than $100 million in sales. Liberty of London for Target was the most popular. [WWD]
  • A police officer in the U.K. has criticized Gucci cops — officers who wear designer accessories with their uniforms — in the official police magazine, Police Review. “Uniforms are supplied by the constabulary but occasionally you get police officers who want something a bit different — they want something ‘Gucci’ so they go out and buy it themselves,” he said. “Having been in the organisation many years, I have seen it many times. Some of them will turn up on a briefing and you think ‘where have they got that from?'” [Telegraph]
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