Karl Lagerfeld To Design "Chanel Homes" On "Fashion Island"

  • Kaiser Karl himself is set to help create and conceive of 80 homes on Dubai's new Isla Moda (yes, "Fashion Island"). Says the designer: "The metamorphosis of art and beauty is my passion. The discovery of contemporary mediums of expression has allowed me to pursue my interest in art, beauty, architecture and progressive cultural exchange. Dubai is a fashion bud on the verge of blossoming into the next fashion hub of the world. The city is alive with culture and rich in personality, making it a perfect place for aesthetic, fashion and design to flourish. Isla Moda has tremendous potential to be the style icon of the future and I intend on driving the island to high style stardom." [Refinery29]
  • Perennially self-satisfied designer, phrase-maker and Cuomo in-law is disturbed by America's #1 slot in a recent international drug-use ranking, proclaiming it "A Number One We Don't Want To Be." [Awearness Blog]
  • This blogger from New Mexico was just robbed. By chance, he happens to have been stalking Tom Ford. [Fashionista]
  • John Galliano is launching his first scent. As one would expect, it comes in nifty packaging and will be available in three sizes, a body lotion, shower cream and body scrub. The perfume itself combines rose, lavender, bergamot, violet and amber notes and as is meant to evoke the impression that the wearer "just left the room but we've captured her essence." Sounds kinda like Perfume, but sure! [VogueUK]
  • Hey, remember when Wonderbra launched that open search for a buxom new model in England? Apparently they found a dame with the "perfect look" (rack?) - only to have her disappear, Cinderella-like, into the night! It seems the young woman's contact information was incorrectly recorded, and she has no idea executives are scouring the land, trying to make her a bra-sportin' superstar. "'We are desperate to find this girl - whoever she is,' Wonderbra spokesperson Julia Nolan told the Express newspaper. 'When we saw her images after the photoshoot she was by far and away the best candidate but when we came to match her details we realised to our horror that we didn't have them. All we know is that her name is Kate or Katie, she is 5 ft 9 inches tall and has never done any modelling before'" [Mail on Sunday]
  • Surprise, surprise: Wal-Mart leads retailers in sales. [WWD]
  • The rocky economic climate might mean a weak back-to-school market, something that's generally been a reliable bump for retailers. In addition to parental belt-tightening, stores might suffer ftom the shortage of summer jobs available to teens. [WWD]
  • At first glance, it seems like the news that there's a new, boomer-driven demand for "older models" with "laugh lines" is really heartening. Until you see what fashion means by "older." '"The market for older models has exploded," says Ginni Conquest, co-director of the sophisticated women's division at Wilhelmina Models in New York. (Models who are 25 and older are often referred to as "classic" or "sophisticated.") "It's our fastest-growing area, and it's a first for the industry."' By this definition, I am indeed the height of sophistication! [Star Tribune]
  • The New York Times thinks ritzy shades are popular because the buying public is suffering from "bag fatique." My take? More like "bag prices." [New York Times]
  • A former CEO of Marrionnaud has been found guilty of cooking the perfume company's books. [WWD]
  • London grooming versus NYC grooming: Apparently "in New York regular treatments are seen as a necessity for women of all ages, whereas many women in their forties in London view the same treatments as a luxurious treat reserved for special occasions." Color me a London forty-something! [VogueUK]
  • The new skincare developed specifically for cancer patients: snake oil or cure? "Depending on whom you ask, such products give patients one more tool to ease side effects or false hope that a cancer-specific balm is more effective than a mild drugstore lotion." [New York Times]
  • Oh, Women's Wear Daily: "If justice is blind, Christie Brinkley certainly hasn't gotten the memo." And yes, they go on to call her "every inch the uptown girl" in her sordid divorce trial.[WWD]
  • Iconic model Grace Jones releases a new single that could easily have been written by my 'Socialist' high-school boyfriend: "Corporate Cannibal." [Sassybella]
  • Disgruntled employees launch class-action suit against Ralph Lauren. [WWD]
  • Uh oh! Agyness might be the face of reinvented CK CK One! I don't think I need to spell out the implications of this for the probably-trumped-up-and-actually-nonexistent Kate-Agy Feud! [Fashionista]