Neiman Marcus President Steps Down

Burton M. Tansky, longtime president and chief executive officer of Neiman Marcus, Inc., announced Tuesday that he would step down from his position, retiring on October 6, 2010. His successor will be Karen Katz, currently the president and CEO of Neiman Marcus Stores and executive vice president of The Neiman Marcus Group. Tansky joined Neiman Marcus in 1989 and has served as its chief executive since 2001.

Coroner Closes Investigation Into McQueen's Death Finds High Level Of Cocaine And Sleeping Pills In Blood Test


Dr. Paul Knapman, the London coroner, found a "significant level of cocaine" as well as sleeping pills and tranquilizer in McQueen's blood samples.

Dr. Knapman also released details of McQueen's suicide note. He said it was written on the back of the book, The Descent of Man. The letter ended with the sentence: "Please look after my dogs. Sorry, I love you. Lee."

24 Year Old Male Model Ambrose Olson Died

Model Ambrose Olson passed away unexpectedly last Thursday, April 22, due to unknown causes. The 24-year-old was born in Alaska and appeared in ad campaigns for Armani Exchange, Hugo Boss, Burberry, and Louis Vuitton, among others.

Ella Moss Summer 2010 LookBook

Shop Ella Moss Collection. Bloomingdale's

First Look Burberry's Trench Coat Inspired Makeup Line

Burberry color is set to launch in July at Nordstrom. The inspiration behind Burberry's new color cosmetics line is their timeless trench coat. Burberry's Christopher Bailey explained to WWD, "When we were doing makeup [at shows and photo shoots], I felt like we weren’t able to get the right attitude. It was either caked-on makeup or then just the wrong colors, the wrong tones, the wrong spirit for makeup. I wanted it to be this kind of effortless elegance."

Aiming to be totally wearable, the 96-unit line will center on sheer washes of color. It includes a Lip Definer pencil ($24) and Sheer Foundation compact ($59), among standard cosmetic staples like bronzer, eye shadow, and lipstick.

L'Oreal Buys Out Essie Cosmetics Hope They Don't Ruin The Quality

Essie, the NY-based nail polish brand, was just bought by major beauty giant L’Oreal. L'Oreal annouced the buy out last Wednesday. Distribution of the polish (now only salon based) will expand, to include more drugstores. Essie has generated $28 million over the last 12 months–and even created specialty colors for J.Crew. I hope they won't tamper with the quality of the product.

Paul McCartney Meat Free Taco Recipe



230g can refried beans
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 tbs olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1-2 tsp hot chilli sauce
4 taco shells
Cheddar cheese, grated

For garnish
Avocado, sliced
Sour cream
Lettuce, shredded
A squeeze of lime or lemon juice

For corn bread
1 free-range egg
2 tbsp olive oil
1-2 tbsp fresh hot chilli pepper, chopped
230g can sweetcorn, drained, or 2-3 fresh ears of corn, kernels cut off
110g crème fraiche or sour cream
230g yellow cornmeal
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
460g grated cheese


Gently fry the onions in 2 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the refried beans. Add the chopped tomato and fry till heated through. Season to taste with chilli sauce and salt if desired.

Warm the taco shells as per the instructions on the packet and half-fill with the refried bean mixture. Top with grated cheese and shredded lettuce, garrnish with sliced avocado and sour cream.

To make the Mexican corn bread, beat the egg with the oil until blended. Add the chilli pepper. Stir in the corn, crème fraiche, cornmeal, salt, baking powder, and all but 110g of the cheese.

Pour into a 20cm square pan. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Bake in a preheated 180C oven for 40 minutes. Let cool slightly in the pan, than un-mould and serve warm.

Rip Off! Kimora Lee Simmons Accused Of Stealing Someone Else Body And Style For Her Latest Ad

The March 2005 cover of French Vogue features model Daria Werbowy. Daria's sporting a Louis Vuitton ensemble that's similar, though not identical, to what Kimora's body double is wearing. In fact, the entire shot is similar, from the pose to the styling.

Marc Jacobs And His Fiance Lorenzo Martone Split

Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone have reportedly broken up for now. "They've both been telling people that they broke up," friends said. Martone shot down rumors this month that he'd moved out of the Chelsea Merchantile apartment he shared with Jacobs, but sources say he's planning to move out soon (side eye). Read more.

Gucci Family Seven Bedroom Penhouse On The Market For $60,000 A Month

Olympic Tower has belonged to the Guccis family since the 1970s. The current owners, Maurizio Gucci's daughters, don't actually live there, and now they're trying to rent the place out, the Wall Street Journal reports. For $60,000 a month. The place comes unfurnished.

British Designer Giles Deacon Is The New Creative Director For Ungaro

The rumours were true, Giles Deacon, is taking over at Emanuel Ungaro where Lindsay Lohan left off. He spent time at the Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, and Gucci studios, among others, and he’s famous for mixing superior craftsmanship with whimsical irreverence.

Naomi Campbell Punches Reporter Camera When Questioned About Blood Diamonds


Rumors that Naomi Campbell was given a “blood diamond” by the dethroned Liberian president Charles Taylor have led to another one of her infamous outbursts of anger.

“I didn’t receive a diamond and I’m not going to speak about that,” Campbell told ABC News before walking out of an interview and punching the camera in a producer’s hand when pressed on the details. Read more.

Chanel Iman's Mother China Robinson Opened A Boutique

Chanel Iman's mom, China Robinson has just opened the Red Bag Boutique in Culver City, California. No word on what labels the boutique stocks yet.

Rachel Roy And Her Daughter Ava Mother's Day Spring Checklist

Rachel Roy and her daughter Ava Mother's Day spring checklist.

Jimmy Choo Trainers LookBook

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Avaliable May 2010 $600 usd. To join waiting list email To view more of the collection visit

Jimmy Choo Founder Tamara Mellon Goes Nude For Interview Magazine

Tamara Mellon tells Interview Magazine:

"Journalists normally come in with a preconceived idea about what I’m like. They have all these assumptions that aren’t accurate. They want this fantasy of this sort of tough businesswoman, red-carpet thing. That’s the story they want."

JOHNSON-HILL: You look stunning. I couldn’t turn my eyes away—I think I’ve re-looked at it about five times.
TAMARA MELLON: Oh, my god! I mean, it’s nude but it’s chic. But with that reaction, okay . . . I wonder what they’ll say at the next board meeting.
JOHNSON-HILL: What was your motivation to do all that back then?
TAMARA MELLON: Independence.
JOHNSON-HILL: Independence from what?
TAMARA MELLON: Independence from a very dysfunctional family.
JOHNSON-HILL: So you were totally driven by creating something that would become your own and be your baby.
TAMARA MELLON: Yes, it was almost like buying my freedom.
JOHNSON-HILL: Well, what motivates you now?
TAMARA MELLON: There were two things that motivated me then: independence, and passion about what I was doing. And those are still the things that motivate me now. I still have that passion for creating a product. And I will never be dependent on a man. I will never be dependent on a husband or a boyfriend or a father. That’s one thing that’s really important to me.

Isaac Mizrahi To Appear On The Game Show Jeopardy

Isaac Mizrahi taped an episode of Jeopardy, on Saturday as part of the show's Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational special. Mizrahi is playing for the Good Shepherd Services charity against competitors Michael McKean and Charles Shaughnessy. He made it to the semifinals, which will air on May 3, 4, and 5. If he wins those, he'll go to the finals, which will air on May 6 and 7. For local listings click here.

Karl Lagerfeld, Sonia Rykiel, Dolce Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dontella Versace And Marc Jacobs Disney Characters

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These are a series of drawings by Ulrich Schröder from Elle Spain April 2010.

Neiman Marcus To Follow In The Footsteps of Net-a-Porter And Create A Discount Website

Neiman Marcus is taking its Last Call outlet store concept mainstream. Neiman is planning to revamp its outlets image, following in the foot steps of Net-a-Porter outlet store The new stores will feature labels including Michael Kors, Badgley Mischka, and Diane von Furstenberg all priced between $45 and $300. Neiman Marcus will also launch a discount website for the new and improved Last Call outlet.

David Yurman And Bottega Veneta Gets New Public Relations

Victoria Ashley, formerly director of public relations at Luxottica, has been named director of public relations at David Yurman.
Robyn Sills, formerly public relations coordinator at Ermenegildo Zegna, has been named associate communications manager, US at Bottega Veneta.

Jenna Lyons Creative Director For J Crew Promoted To Executive

J.Crew Group Inc. has just announced that Jenna Lyons, formerly creative director, has been promoted to executive director for J.Crew, and she will receive a $325,000 bonus.
This comes six months after Lyons received a $1 million bonus, which was awarded on the condition that she must pay it back in full should she leave J.Crew within 2 years or pay back in half should she exit the brand in 4 years.

J.Crew Creative Director Jenna Lyons Will Be On Oprah's Show Wedsenday April 21, 2010


Jenna Lyons with model wearing J.Crew utility jacket

J.Crew’s Executive Creative Director Jenna Lyons filmed for the Oprah show friday. Oprah wasn’t in New York, but her team visted J.Crew’s Broadway offices to film Jenna for this Wednesday’s show. Jenna was also in the March issue of O Magazine. Tune in on Wednesday April 21, 2010, for local listing times click here.

Rachel Zoe Ex Assistant Taylor Jacobson Creates A Collection For Kasil LookBook


Taylor Jacobson, Rachel Zoe’s headache former assistant (who had major trouble flying the coop), has collaborated with denim label Kasil on a capsule collection for fall, Taylor Jacobson + Kasil. I really love this collection very clean and chic. Happy to see Taylor working, instead of playing the victim.

Ralph Lauren Paris Store Opening Photos Karl Lagerfeld, Carine Roitfeld, Sonia Rykeil

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Thursday night in Paris, Ralph Lauren launched his Paris boutique and restaurant. Guests like Lauren Bush, Michelle Yeoh, Kevin Spacey, Gerard Depardieu, Karl Lagerfeld, Sonia Rykiel, and Carine Roitfeld all turned out for the opening night festivities. Read more.
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