Naomi Campbell: Model, Political Pundit?

  • Is the search for Tim Russert's successor over?! Not-going-to-jail Naomi Campbell was recently heard holding forth on Dubya to "a rapt table of Italian men." Quoth she, "What's with all the traveling Bush has been doing? He never even had a passport before." [Style.com]
  • She can hone her common touch with her next round of community service! [WWD]
  • Victoria Beckham replaced in Marc Jacobs ads by man in drag. No, really. [Sassybella]
  • Posh, for her part, is busy with a maybe-fashion show for her new line of gowns. "'It will be something completely different from what I've ever done. I'm just putting it together at the moment, they will be very up scale dresses and likely to start at around $1,200 retail. I'm going to be using very expensive fabrics and finishes, lots of embroideries.'" [ElleUK]
  • Chloe Sevigny's $65 flip book hits shelves. [FabSugar]
  • And in other breaking news: just in time for summer humidity, big hair is back! [Los Angeles Times]
  • I always wonder who still has the temerity to tan when the rest of us go around swathed in SPF70 and layers of fake bake. Apparently, these people do! [NY Mag]
  • No experimental fashion for you recessionistas: credit crunch means brands play it safe for fall. [WWD]
  • Movie stars probably aren't, though. Vintage jewelry boutique opens in Beverly Hills. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Don't you love how much Italian fashionistas love their soccer? First Dolce & Gabanna, now Prada. Hard to imagine, say, Andre Leon Talley evincing the same enthusiasm for the NY Jets. [Style.com]
  • Purely decorative summer scarves the "leitmotif of the summer." [IHT]
  • Following last week's bizarre "quality" crackdown, Louis Vuitton repoens in Hangzhou. [WWD]
  • Tommy Hilfiger, oddly recession-proof. [WWD]
  • Aesthetician who popularized the American facial hangs up her pore extractor. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Apparently "the economic mood" translates to lots and lots of silk pajamas. [IHT]
  • Nordstrom adds video to online shopping. "The idea is to test the impact of video content on selling by having the designer discuss in short videos the style and inspiration of different items, for what occasions they're best suited and ways to accessorize them." [WWD]
  • In a quest to make spa treatments ever creepier, a Manhattan spa introduces the breast massage! "In an $100, 80-minute session, the pectoralis major and pectoralis minor are massaged, excess lymph fluid is drained, and a cream and mask are applied. "It even makes the nipples turn up again," promises the spa's owner." [NY Mag]
  • No wonder everyone would rather just shell out for a good bra. [WWD]
  • Missoni opens first Los Angeles boutique. [style.com]