Kate Middleton Says Goodbye To That Rag Trade

  • Prince William's girlfriend Kate Middleton has quit her job as a buyer for British chain Jigsaw. The Brits think this means there's an engagement on the horizon! We think, uh, Middleton probably realized that, um, once you have dated Prince William your connections can probably land you a job in an industry slightly less ridiculous and soul-deadening than fashion? [Vogue UK]
  • Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour went to meet with NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday. When asked by the press what they met about his staffers answered, "to convince the mayor to wear Brooks Brothers suits." Clever!
    So you mean it wasn't because she has some radical new plan for fixing the ailing public school system? [New York Daily News]
  • And speaking of our public schools, manufacturing a $62,000 Guerlain lipstick = not gonna help things! [Sassybella]
  • Model Helena Christensen is a DJ, or anyway she's "done it like 10 times" and "justs sit[s] with all [her] CDs and thinks about what [she] want[s] to listen to." Yup, that pretty much makes you a DJ these days! But is she as pretty as Leigh Lezark? [Fashion Week Daily]
  • Estee Lauder is ousting their own: William Lauder, Estee's grandson, will be "stepping down" within next two years and some Proctor & Gamble exec who oversees their snack foods division is taking the gig. Which, um, seems like a perfectly natural fit to us? [WSJ]
  • Le barf: W hotels has partnered with Puma allowing its guests to create their own custom-designed pair of sneaks from their room. The in-room "design center" is supposed to look like a Mongolian barbeque. [SO. DUMB. SRSLY.-Moe] [Fashion Week Daily]
  • Juicy Couture has set up shop on Rodeo Drive. Which maybe would have been a shrewd business decision when 1. People were still shopping on Rodeo Drive and 2. People in L.A. still wore Juicy, including while shopping on Rodeo Drive, but now it just seems like some investor gave them too much money and they have to spend it somehow. [Fashion Week Daily]
  • Isaac Mizrahi goes on Martha Stewart's show Dec. 21. [WWD, 2nd item]
  • Says designer Donna Karan of her new fragrance Delicious Night: "We're out at night, being naughty, having fun, enjoying the city tonight. This is a fragrance that can carry you from the day into the evening, like someone you want to cuddle up to." Did we mention Donna is dating a male model? [WWD, sub req'd]
  • What makes Zac Posen's Japanese food-loving mama Susan so proud? That her son can "recall what he wore to every event, everything he's put on in the last 27 years." Gifted! [NYP]
  • Pointy-toed shoes: Apparently back? [FabSugar]
  • The prodigiously talented Anya Hindmarch has been nominated for two British Fashion Awards. And by "prodigiously talented" we mean... you know what we mean. [Vogue UK]
  • Elle magazine's International Creative Director Gilles Bensimon: Really loves handbags! [Fashion Week Daily]