Tommy Hilfiger's Home Featured In August Issue Of Bazzar Magazine

Harper's Bazaar got the chance to capture the lifestyle of Tommy and his wife Dee Hilfiger as they recently decorated their beautiful home at the Plaza in New York. The decor is impeccable and the fashion is American infused with Tommy Hilfiger's style all over. Read more.


The Gap VP And Creative Director Quits Due To Gap Resistant To Change

The Gap vice president and creative director, Dennis Leggett, a veteran of the chain, has quit the Gap after 14 years. Dennis Leggett decided that enough was enough, and has decided to move on. Sources told WWD that Leggett was frustrated with Gap’s poor performance over the last decade and resistant to change. 

You can lead a horse to water but can't make him drink.

Olivia Palermo PhotoShoot For ASOS Autumn/Winter 2010 Campaign

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Olivia did her first UK cover shoot for retailer ASOS. Olivia look fab in sophisticated tones of camel, taupe and khaki from the ASOS A/W ’10 collection, but the result is more downtown street style than Park Avenue princess. As the lady says herself, "I’m trying to not always look 100% polished. Maybe have a bit more of an edgy look.” Because, as we learn, life isn’t all about wearing a pretty frock and climbing the social ranks. 

President Obama Will Be Dining At Anna Wintour's House Tonight


Anna Wintour will have Barack Obama over for dinner at her Sullivan Street townhouse to raise money for the Democratic National Committee. Guests will reportedly include fashion liberals like Calvin Klein and Donna Karan, and other important folk with deep enough pockets to pay for a seat, each of which is rumored to cost $30,000.
If you're around the Village today, you may see the preparations taking place. The Huffington Post caught police erecting barriers around Sullivan and MacDougal Streets (MacDougal and Sullivan residents share gardens in the back). I hope this is helping his poll numbers.

Lanvin Opens Its First New York City Boutique This Week

Lanvi opened its first New York boutique this week at 815 Madison Avenue. The five-story boutique, of which three story will house the store, with the upper two level housing the company’s corporate headquarters starting in September. The Boutique will offer the brand’s full array of product, from ready-to-wear and accessories to bridal. (The New York boutique is the brand’s third in the U.S., following shops in Bal Harbour and Las Vegas).

Aliona Doletskaya Founder Of Russian Vogue Has Resign From The Magazine After 13 Years

The founding editor-in-chief of Vogue Russia, Aliona Doletskaya, resigned Tuesday, shocking staffers and the fashion world at large. “Aliona’s role in shaping the magazine is so unique that in a certain sense she is irreplaceable,” the president of Condé Nast International, Jonathan Newhouse, said in a memo to staffers obtained by The Daily.

“Some time ago, Aliona Doletskaya told me that she would like to leave the 
Vogue Russia editor-in-chief’s post, which she has occupied for almost 13 years, and start a new life, probably to write a book or try her hand in a new field,” said Newhouse. 

Marc Jacobs Ex Boyfriend Lorenzo Rumored To Be Dating Lance Bass (Down Grade)

Lance & Lorenzo Martone (Marc Jacob's ex) rumored to have known each other for a couple years, but moved past the "just friends" stage on June 6th when they were seen getting flirty at Soho House. A spy-witness adds they've been spotted at the West Village's Paris Commune where they made it "obvious they’re dating." More recently Lorenzo and Lance were partying it up in last week in Miami during Mercedes Benz Swim Week. They were both attending the Quicksilver party at The Standard Hotel, but made sure not to look like a couple." I'm sorry but if this rumor proves 
true, Lorenzo must be desperate (Marc is much hotter).

Olivia Palermo May Be Forced To Chose Between Her Boyfriend Or Reality Show


Heat magazine is reporting that Olivia Palermo is caught in her struggle between fame and love.
Show insiders are desperate for Johannes to appear on screen as they are running out of storylines of Olivia. Now she's worried she'll be dropped from the series unless Johannes features, but he has refused, making her choose between fame or love.
Palermo's plotlines on the show have stagnated on her character being a cold fish who refuses to fulfill basic job requirements. None of her personal life is featured in the show and there's hardly even interaction between Parlermo and her co-stars.
"They've discussed the possibility of Johannes being in the show, but he doesn't want to," the source told Heat. "Olivia loves the attention The City brings her. It's going to be a tough decision for her, and she's mad at him for making her choose. "She's always been very adamant about keeping her boyfriend out of the show, but it's getting to the point where he may need to join. 

Lanvin Launches New Fragrance "Marry Me"


Fragrance of dating and love, romantic and sensual, elixir of good mood! The perfume aims at all those who enjoy infatuation, love, unity, fulfillment. This intuitive and shamelessly direct fragrance says without fear: “Marry me!

The new fragrance by Lanvin was created with an intention to suggest a strong bond that each woman has with the perfume she chooses. You need a lot of love and emotions for a right date and chemistry which happens between her and the fragrance which is like her second skin, which follows her like a shadow and says a lot about her emotional state.

Marc Jacobs And Boyfriend Lorezo Martone Has Officially Broken Up


Friday, Lorenzo tweeted that he and Marc had broken up:
"thanks for t notes. yes, I saw t press today. We are not together, haven't been in 2 months. And we will not comment on it. Sorry. We r fine."
Rumors that the pair had split surfaced at the end of April. I wonder if the cocaine delivery was the last straw.

Macy's Vice President Kevin Morrissey Dies Of A Heart Attack

Kevin Morrissey, executive Vice President and general merchandise manager of men's wear for Macy's, died of a massive Heart Attack at his Westchester home Saturday morning. The funeral service will be held on today July 21, 2010 at Our Lady Perpetual Help Church, 559 Pelham Manor Rd In New York at Noon.

Target Signs Marie Claire Director And Project Runway Judge Nina Garcia As Its Fashion Expert

The Marie Claire fashion director, “Project Runway” judge and style author has signed on to be Target’s new fashion expert. While Garcia’s latest role has yet to be announced, she’s already appeared on Target’s Website in segments about everything from fighting fashion boredom to finding the best looks for curvy customers. 

Victoria Secret Shut Down Due To Bedbugs


Victoria Secret is the latest NYC retailer to be affected by bedbugs. The Lexington Avenue lingerie store shut down on last Wednesday to treat the problem. And while their problem wasn't as bad as Hollister or Abercrombie, they destroyed all the panties and other merchandise that may have been affected.Vicky's is also having their other NYC locations tested for bedbugs, just to be on the safe side. 

Naomi Campbell And Kate Moss Refuse To Share ID Magazine Cover With Lady GaGa


Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell were booked to shoot the cover of September's i-D magazine and weren't informed til the last minute,  they'd be sharing the space with Lady Gaga.
"Naomi and Kate refused to play second fiddle to Gaga," said a source, "and insisted on having their own retouching done, so they were shot separately. The issue now has a special pullout so there are technically three covers from three separate shoots."

Beauty Retailer Trade Secret Filed Bankruptcy Chapter 11

Last week, Trade Secret beauty salon chain filed for bankruptcy protection and plans to transfer its 612 salons to a new entity with the backing of Regis Corp, a creditor and former owner.
According to court records, the transaction calls for Regis to enter a venture that will pay $45 million for Trade Secret, including $13 million of assumed liabilities.

Armani Exchange Has A Ice Cream Truck Coming To A Town Near You


Jennifer Lopez Photoshoot For Gucci 2011 Ad Campaign


Jennifer Lopez takes breaks during a photo shoot on the beach for Gucci to spend time with husband Marc Anthony and kids Max and Emme on Tuesday (July 13) in Malibu, Calif. Jennifer wore two different summer dresses during the shoot, but relaxed in a white robe while rolling around in the sand with her 2-year-old twins. I'm guessing she was shooting the Gucci 2011 resort ad. To see the actual ad photos click here.

Betsey Johnson To Create Makeup

Betsey Johnson has signed on with Inter Parfums to launch perfumes, personal care products, and makeup.

First on the agenda is a retooling of her original perfume from 1982. "It was a favorite, one of those do-it-yourselfers," she said. "We got as close as we could [to the original formula]," she said of new fragrance with Inter Parfums at a press conference in her New York showroom.

Betsey feels pretty strongly about having a scent in her lineup, explaining, "I think that after some kind of clothing existence, a designer needs a fragrance. It's just like you have dessert after dinner."

Orgins Cosmetics Owned by Estee Lauder Will Not Be Sold In France After July 2010

Origins will be closing their two outlets in France at the end of this month. The counter in Bon Marche Department Store and the freestanding store in Paris will both be closed as of July 31, 2010.

BlackGlama Taps Janet Jackson For Fall 2010 Ad Campaign

blackglama01-1Janet Jackson was photographed by Rocco Laspata of Laspata DeCaro, at the Milk Studios in New York. The campaign, which begins in September 2010, will span print, online and outdoor outlets. The ads will appear in Vanity Fair, W, Vogue, T Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar, as well as WWD and, in addition to the international editions of Vanity Fair, Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. Blackglama will also mount a Times Square billboard at Broadway and 45th Street in September.

The singer will join the ranks of Diana Ross, Sophia Loren, Lauren Bacall, Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli and, more recently, Elle Macpherson and Elizabeth Hurley, as the newest face in the Blackglama advertising campaign, “What Becomes a Legend Most?”

Jenna Lyons Is Now The President And Creative Executive At JCrew One Of My Heros

J-1.Crew's+Jenna+LYons-1The announcement came Wednesday morning that Tracy Gardner, current President of J. Crew, plans to step down. Jenna Lyons will take the role in addition to her Executive Creative Director duties. If you don't know Jenna Lyons google her!

Ms. Lyons was named Executive Creative Director in April 2010 and, before that, was Creative Director since 2007. Ms. Lyons joined J.Crew in 1990 as an Assistant Designer and has held a variety of positions within the Company, including Designer from 1994 to 1995, Design Director from 1996 to 1998, Senior Design Director in 1999, Vice President of Women?s Design from 1999 to 2005 and Senior Vice President of Women?s Design from 2005 to 2007. Talk about paying your dudes.

Karl Lagerfeld Spotted At The Ritz Carlton Paris

Karl Lagerfeld was spotted at the Ritz Carlron In Paris 6-10-2010.

Bugalri Launches Its New Handbag "Isabella Rossellini"


The handbag created by Bulgari is a tribute to Isabella Rossellini, a swedish actress. Her extraordinary career multifaceted personality, one that continues to grow: from the spotlight of growing up with famous parents to the front row of the fashion catwalk, from the success of cinema stardom to the commitment she has always made to social, humanitarian and environmental causes. Read more or shop the collection.

Fashion Designer And Real Housewife Of New York Kelly Bensimon Harper Bazaar Magazine Interview



Woman on the Verge... Of a breakdown or a breakthrough? Real Housewives's Kelly Killoren Bensimon explains the truth behind her blow-up.

"I am not crazy. I am unpredictable," Bensimon says. And in case you were wondering, "I'm not in therapy."
1279028815_kelly-bensimon-290.jpgAfter watching the cringeworthy show, some might say she should be. During a disastrous dinner served up by Bensimon's nemesis, Bethenny Frankel, Bensimon argued with the other housewives, frantically ate jelly beans, and fled to her room and, ultimately, New York. According to her, the others started it.
"It went from an everyday scene to all of a sudden Housewives, Big Brother style," says Bensimon, who has denied popping pharmaceuticals like those jelly beans. Off-screen, she points out, she was dealing with the stress of a nanny who had quit and fielding calls from her daughters, Sea and Teddy, who were begging her to return home.
“I think it was deeply disturb- ing. It seemed like she had a break of some kind, but I can’t say exactly what it was,” says Andy Cohen, Bravo’s programming chief, who denies Bensimon’s claims that she felt “literally forced” to go on the trip. “She was not forced to go to Saint John by Bravo or the producers,” he says. “That’s untrue.”
Whatever happened, they can ably all be happy that the on-air histrionics translated into Housewives’s highest ratings to that point (2.3 million viewers). It also landed Bensimon, Frankel, and Jill Zarin on Us Weekly's cover, making them reality-TV A-listers.
"I’m embarrassed that I allowed myself to feed into it, but I don’t think I would handle it differently. The ratings were amazing, so no, absolutely not,” Bensimon says, showing little remorse over what she’s dubbed “Scary Island.” She adds, “Whether it’s my nail color, my hair color, or the shoes I’m wearing, everything about me bothers them.”
Either way, she thinks the wave of attention, however humiliating, might be worth riding. “I don’t have any regrets. I’m glad I went on Housewivesbecause the show has made me more known,” she says.
“You say ‘crazy Kelly,’ that search engine’s going to go bananas, but if you say ‘sweet Kelly,’ it’s going to go nowhere,” continues Bensimon, shrugging off the criticism of viewers for whom reality TV is a blood sport.
In fact, “crazy Kelly” pulls up about 11.9 million hits on Google. While a dubious honor, such numbers are part of Bensimon’s publicity math. She runs more calculations: 6,000, the dollars she can raise for Feeding America with the sale of six Kelly-brand feather earrings; 70,000, the number of views in four days on the homemade antibullying PSA she posted after the Saint John gang war on her official YouTube channel (“This past season, bullying became a really, really big issue,” she says); and 294 million, the number of “media impressions” created by her March 2010Playboy cover. “With Playboy, I think I superseded Housewives. It was huge,” she says.
It’s not that Bensimon is any stranger to attention. But it used to be from a select crowd of fashion designers, like Marc Jacobs and Francisco Costa, fellow socialites, and front-row photographers. As founding editor of Elle Accessories, a style-book author, and the wife of influential photographer and former Elle creative director Gilles Bensimon, she occupied a lofty perch in the fashion world. Even after her 2007 divorce, she was still in style. Her decision to plunge into the fray of reality television has raised some well-groomed eyebrows. And Bensimon knows it. “The Real Housewives of New York City is not considered something that people want to be a part of,” she says. But, she says, “I never had a voice before, and now I do.”
She’s using it to talk about everything from safe sex and bullying to her decorating choices. “I’m trying to do all these inspirational projects. I try to make pancakes,” she says, refer- ring to an episode of the show. “I’m horrible at it.” Read more.
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