Kate Moss Talks About Why She Stop Doing Interviews

When I used to do interviews a long time ago, I used to get very ill just worrying about them before they came out. I just didn't like it. When I first started out I did press because I wasn't really aware that they would write something really horrible but then they did, and I was like: "Oh no, I don't want to go back there. I don't really want to open up myself to that kind of criticism." And I think that a lot of the time you walk in a room they already know what they want to write about you, so it doesn't matter what you're like. 

Alexander McQueen's Second Line McQ Relaunches Cheaper And More Youthful

According to McQueen CEO Jonathan Akeroyd, McQ is a little more edgy’ this time around. True to the McQueen style, there are historic touches, like a lace up jacket, or a mini dickie bow to go with a gothy white shirt and velvet knickerbockers, throughout an otherwise commercial collection aimed at a younger, funky customer.

It also means making prices about 25 percent cheaper, ranging from about $95 for T-shirts to jackets for $405. The brand currently represents about 20 percent of the label's business, but Akeroyd says it's estimated to grow to 35 percent by 2012 under the relaunch. 

Stella McCartney Emergency Caesarean Gave Birth To Her Fourth Child Last Night

Designer Stella McCartney gave birth to her fourth child late last night and is said to have had an emergency caesarean. The designer went into labor on Tuesday afternoon but had to undergo the procedure because of complications.
The baby was reportedly born at The Portland Hospital in London. The sex of the baby has yet to be revealed, but mom and child are said to be doing just fine. The 38-year-old designer already has a 2-year-old son, Beckett, a 3-year-old daughter, Bailey, and a 5-year-old son, Miller, with her husband, Alasdhair Willis.

Fragrance Maker Coty Inc Will Purchase Philosophy Skincare From Carlyle


Fragrance-maker Coty Inc. Tuesday announced it agreed to acquire skincare and cosmetics company Philosophy from private equity firm Carlyle Group.
Coty said in a statement the transaction, subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close in December, 2010. The terms of the purchase were not disclosed.
Coty said sales of Philosophy products were expected to generated more than $200 million in 2010. "We believe the (Philosophy) brand still has significant growth potential in the U.S. and tremendous opportunities in the international markets," the company said.

Barbra Streisand's California Home

The Rose Garden
The Lavender Bedroom
Aerial view
The Barn
The Family Room
Barbra Streisand's antique shops
Barbra says she's always loved barns. "They feel so American to me," she says. And, Barbra believes if you have a barn, you have to have chickens. Her hens lay green eggs.

From the moment she first saw the house, Barbra knew she wanted it and had to wait 11 years to buy it. Barbra says her home, which is located on California's coast, is an homage to craftsmanship (think: woodwork and old beams), great architects and furniture designers like Greene and Greene, Stickley and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. She chronicles this labor of love in her first book, My Passion for Design.

Beyonce Knowles Hosts The Launch Of "2BHAPPY" Jewelry Collection By Lorraine Schwartz


Jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz attend the launch of Lorraine Schwartz's "2BHAPPY" jewelry collection hosted by Beyonce at Lavo NYC on November 22, 2010 in New York City.

Karl Lagerfeld To Create An Affordable Clothing Collection For Macy's Fall 2011

Macys has inked a deal with the Karl Lagerfeld brand, owned by private equity firm Apax Partners, for an affordably priced ready-to-wear line that will range from jeans to gowns. The new line is slated to launch fall 2011, it's also expected to include a major online component, with e-commerce as a key distribution channel.

In September, Karl canceled his Lagerfeld fashion show, revealing plans to create a "masstige" ready-to-wear collection that would be sold online and available next fall.

Zac Posen Is Martha Stewart's Intern

Fashion designer Zac Posen will soon be working for Martha Stewart. Posen bid $3,500 and won a six-week internship at her company at the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai gala Wednesday night. 

Posen tweeted, "I'm so happy that I won a 6 week internship with @marthastewart. Whatever will I learn?"

J.Crew To Be Sold For $2.8 Billion

J.Crew is close to signing a deal to sell itself for approximately $2.8 billion to  TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners, according to the New York Times. TPG acquired an 88 percent stake in J. Crew in 1997 for nearly $500 million from J.Crew's founding Cinader family.

Jacob The Jeweler Is Suing Courtney Love For Unreturned Diamonds


Courtney Love is being sued by a New York celebrity jeweller who claims the singer has not returned nearly $114,000 worth of borrowed gems. 

The lawsuit, filed today by Jacob & Co, alleges that Love borrowed two white gold and diamond chains, a white gold, floral-design mesh bracelet and a pair of white gold and diamond pave hoop earring. The jeweller claims that the 46-year-old rocker has only returned the bracelet. She has apparently indicated she has lost the other items.

Roberto Cavalli Spotted In Miami


Roberto Cavalli and his wife Ava was spotted on the beach in Miami November 20, 2010.

Olivia Palermo To Get Her Own Show

Olivia and her boyfriend, Johannes Huebl, joined the rest of Mango’s models, including Mark Ronson’s girlfriend Josephine De La Baume and Elettra Wiedemann, to celebrate the new collection, but when asked what’s next she said, “I’m currently working on a TV project, my own show.”

Dolce & Gabbana Charged With 1.4 Billion Tax Evasion

Italian prosecutors on Friday requested the trial of famous fashion house Dolce and Gabbana for alleged tax fraud of around one billion euros (1.4 billion dollars), ANSA news agency reported. The request came from Milan prosecutor Laura Pedio, it said.
Reports last month said investigators had completed an inquiry into founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, as well as five other people. Il Sole 24 Ore business daily reported earlier the company had failed to declare 840 million euros in revenues.
The reported allegation is that Dolce and Gabbana created a company in Luxembourg in 2004 and 2005 which was given control of the group's brands, thereby avoiding Italian taxes.The unpaid taxes amount to 420 million euros, one report said.

Jennifer Lopez At The Gucci Children's Collection


Jennifer Lopez at the Gucci Children's Collection celebration at the Gucci Store in Beverly Hills, CA. Jennifer brought her twins Max and Emme Anthony to the event.

Karl Lagerfeld Knows Who He Wants To Take Over Chanel When He Retires

Karl Lagerfeld on which designer should succeed him at Chanel: "I have a contract for life so it all depends on who I would like to hand it to. At the moment I’d say Haider Ackermann."

Born in Colombia, Haider Ackermann studied fashion in Antwerp. He launched his first collection in 2001 and has received international acclaim for his avant-garde and visionary designs. To learn more about him visit his website.

Video Lanvin For H&M Preview Runway Show At Pierre Hotel New York City


Donna Karen Is Being Sued By An Employee Who Was Injured In Her Home

An employee of DKNY founder Donna Karan is suing the designer after a physical therapist allegedly injured her spine at "healing sessions" organised by the designer. Jamie Naughright, of Florida, claims in court papers that she suffered a "herniation of at least one cervical disc" and a "bilateral fracture of her mandibular joint" at the hands of therapist Stephen Robbins. She claims that Ms Karan required certain associates to use the "healing services" of Mr Robbins.
The court papers allege that Mr Robbins violently twisted Ms Naughright's head and neck in the designer's Central Park West apartment. Mr Robbins allegedly told Ms Naughright, "Your breast is dead. I can cure you. You need to be cured." LOL!!

A spokesman for Ms Karan said that "the claims made are completely without merit."

Rachel Zoe Confirms Pregnancy


Barneys's Sister Store Loehmann's Files For Chapter 11 Is Barneys Next


Loehmann’s, the upscale discount retailer owned by the investment firm leg of Dubai’s Istithmar World, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday. Istithmar, which also owns Barneys, bought Loehmann’s for $300 million in 2006.

The bankruptcy is the latest for Loehmann's owner Istithmar, the Dubai-based firm whose former CEO David Jackson became notorious for shelling out lavish sums in 2006 and 2007 for investments like Barneys and the Union Square W Hotel.

Happy 70th Birthday To Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli turned 70 years old today. He was born on November 15, 1940 in  FlorenceTuscany. What a blessing to still be alive and aging gracefully.

Roberto Cavalli Interview

Robert Cavalli and FamilyRoberto Cavalli gave a very candid interview to W Magazine. The interview is very long so I selected a few excerpts.

“To keep up with the tam-tam of fashion”—he mimics a drumbeat—“we need help from stylists. For Armani, is enough to change one lapel on one jacket. From us the people expect new design, new style, new way to attract the new boyfriend.”

“I tried immediately to have a baby because I was so afraid not to have a baby in my life,” Cavalli said, settling, kinglike, into a baroque leopard-print chair. “My first child was born nine months, 10 days after the wedding. For me, I would expect to have 10! I never understand why God give the possibility to have children just to woman,” he continued, clutching theatrically at his belly. “Oh, my God, my dream would be to have a baby!”

“When I go to a restaurant and they say, ‘We’re fully booked,’ I say, ‘It’s Roberto Cavalli,’ and they say, ‘I will check,’” Cavalli said, clapping his hands with relish. “I love it!”

“It is always about the animal,” Slobodan Mihajlovic, Cavalli’s knitwear designer, told me. “You always have to be ready to find an animal—or even to come up with a new one.”

“Sometimes, because of my success, I am afraid that I was not a good father. With the first two I was too strong, and with the other three I was too weak. I told Tommaso, ‘Take a Ferrari and go to Monte Carlo!’ He said, ‘If I drive a Ferrari, it will be when I am able to buy it myself.’ I say to myself, Okay, Roberto, maybe you were too strict. But Daniele, he take everything. He destroy my Porsche in the highway!”

“I was 18; she was 20,” Cavalli recalled. “I think I give her the first kiss after six months. But I was not innocent—we would go in my Fiat 500! We make love when we married. I remember the first night, our wedding.”

On his 40th-anniversary show, which was to take place in two weeks in Milan: “I will invite the other designers, but they won’t come—they are all shit.” 
Read the entire interview

Founder Of Nars Cosmetics Francois Nars In Asia Bento Box Launching

Francois Nars took a two-week jaunt through Asia recently, making personal appearances in Seoul and Hong Kong where he autographed his new kabuki-inspired Bento Boxes. Nars limited-edition (only 1,000 made for US!) Bento Box Set was release November 1st in the US, it features two cups lined with hand-poured lipstick. The spicy colors are meant to symbolize youth and passion. 

Youtube Founder And CEO Chad Hurley Resigns To Focus On Fashion Line

Hurley announced last week that he will take on an advisory position with YouTube, which he sold to Google in 2006, and will work with his business partner Anthony Mazzei to expand his fashion brand called Hlaska. Currently, that includes a line of wallets and mens’ bags engineered out of Italian leather, with straightforward shirts and outerwear mixed in. Nominal Bookbag to the right $595 and Nominal Merge Wallet $95. Shop the brand and visit the website here.

Marc Jacobs Dressed Like A Woman On The Cover Of Industrie Magazine

The latest cover of Industrie Magazine features Marc Jacobs in a long dark wig, floppy hat, fur-collared wool coat, black minidress,thigh-high socks, and animal-print heels. The image was photograph by lensman Patrick Demarchelier.

MOCA Annual Gala


Rachel Zoe (baby bump is starting to show), model Devon Aoki, WWD cheif director Stefano Tonchi, Kate Bonsworth, Rodarte founders Kate & Laura, Vera Wang, Chloe Sevigny (my fashion hero), and Gwen Stefani & Gavin attends "The Artist's Museum Happening" MOCA Los Angeles Gala held at MOCA Grand Avenue on November 13, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
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