Kate Moss: Still The Face of Rimmel!

  • Rumors are flying that Kate Moss has been replaced as the face of Rimmel after singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor was seen filming spots for the makeup line. Rimmel denies the reports, claiming that they're just one big happy family: "The girls will all represent different looks. With these girls varied backgrounds in music, acting and modeling - and their very different looks, it's hoped they will broaden the appeal of Rimmel London around the world." Phew! "Murder on the Dancefloor" may be an all time fave, but Kate/Rimmel is sacrosanct. [ElleUK]
  • Blind item alert! "Which autocratic fashion designer dropped out of sight for several months last year after a face-lift went wrong? The surgeon cut a nerve in his neck, and he needed rehabilitation to move his face properly..." Hm, autocratic and freaky-looking? Doesn't narrow it down much. [NY Post]
  • Canadian Model Diana O'Brien has died mysteriously in Shanghai in what police have ruled a homicide. "She kept getting jobs to go to clubs to promote whiskey that just involved dancing on podiums. She was sort of hoping for a fashion show or anything that was more model-related. She thought that was pretty ridiculous," friend Melanie Callas told the newspaper." [UPI]
  • Despite its rep as show business for ugly people, politics is the latest source for fashion models. France is swooning over the Bruni-Sarkos, while Louis Vuitton had Gorby shill in front of the Berlin Wall. Simon Doonan, for his part, is con. "When powerful women start using glamour and style, things usually end in tears. Marie Antoinette-hello!" warns Simon Doonan, the outspoken creative director of Barneys New York. "If they start shilling for fashion houses, then I will go live in Patagonia. [Political figures] should strive to be unremarkable and uninteresting in their style choices." [W]
  • Valentino names Wendy Kahn as new CEO. [VogueUK]
  • Okay, if I had fourteen grand for every pair of heels that broke in a subway grate...! I don't, but a Manchester woman has won seven thousand pounds from the company that made the $70 "faulty heel" that snapped on first wear, causing the 20-year-old to break her ankle. Quoth she, " As I was walking down the tram platform the shoe snapped and I went over on it. It was really painful but I didn't want to ruin the night for everyone so we went on to the first bar.I began to feel better after a couple of drinks. But then the next thing I knew I'd passed out and was in the back of an ambulance.' The plaintiff says the injury forced her to quit a waitressing job and drop off of several sports teams. The ruling could open the floodgates for many such cases about which, as a heel-wearer, I am ambivalent. [Daily Mail]
  • Retailers offer employees carpool and mass transit incentives. Guessing not the glamorous life at least some of said employees envisioned. [WWD]
  • Chinese designer Qui Hao has won the prestigious Woolmark competition. (That's the one YSL famously beat out Lagerfeld for in the early 50s.) [New York Magazine]
  • ANTM Cycle 6 winner Dani Evans is the face of Tory Burch. [New York Magazine]
  • Women, repeat after me: we do not need to base our lives on television shows. Gossip Girl apparently has a major impact on young women's spending: "Fans stride into boutiques bearing magazine tear sheets that feature members of the cast and ask for their exact outfits. Or they order scoop-neck tops and hobo bags by following e-commerce links from the show's Web site." [New York Times]
  • Economic woes impact NY textile shows. [WWD]
  • The founder of Zappos is depressingly young. Although the story's actually about his company's customer service. [Business Week]
  • Most boring infant in world orders Brooks Brothers catalogue. Sort of. [AdAge]
  • JC Penney inspired by The Breakfast Club. [Business Week]
  • Target opens its first Manhattan store. [Fashionista]
  • Wait for it: a bra for your ass. The brum. "British zoologist Desmond Morris' famous theory on the appeal of cleavage (I have a few theories of my own) is that it's a sexual signifier of the cleft of the buttocks, known in less refined circles as the ass crack. Traditionally considered an unattractive sign of sloppiness, plumber's butt is no longer a blue-collar syndrome, but naughty tease on par with the greatest sideboob. Anal cleavage has gained popularity this century with the rise of low-cut jeans (or should I say descent), the emergence of the whale tale, and most recently, posterior-revealing lingerie. Assless panties, if you will. Seven years ago, The Sun declared that "ass is the new tits," and this new breed of underwear finally proves them right." [BlackBook]
  • Rock and Republic's new (rockin?) makeup line. [WWD]