Lauren Conrad's Fashion Star Is Fading

  • Poor L.C. Influential L.A. boutique Kitson (the same one rumored to be cooling on Posh, but wasn't) is actually dropping Lauren Conrad's line due to "lackluster sales." [NY Mag]
  • Candie's knows how to net the classy demographic: along with current pitch girl Hayden Panettiere, the company is taking over Perezhilton.com today to launch its new ad campaign. Hayden, who's releasing an album, will be singing in the ads. Quoth she: "I'm someone that has a lot of different personalities, so what I wear depends on the mood I'm in. I think the clothes worked well for the video. They gave me a lot of options to pick from." [WWD]
  • Better late than never? British retailer Blues Clothing launches the "Marilyn Monroe collection," a "trendy, fashionable, and girly" line for young adults. Cause those are the first things that come to mind when you think of Norma Jean. [BlackBook]
  • Obviously John McCain hasn't kept up with the new arch-unfriendly flip-flop research. His campaign's been handing them out. It's doubtless intended as a cutting pun. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Halston creative director OUT! [WWD]
  • Tim! No need to entice; you had us at "tonight at 10/9 central. Watch what happens." "[Fans] are going to get mad - early! There are some big surprises: Favorites won't be there anymore, and I can only imagine how the blogs are going to explode over some of the challenge winners. We say that each season has a different DNA and boy, is that true." [People]
  • Ooh, I love these: Project Runway: "Where are they now?" Spoiler: mostly "in fashion." [People]
  • Well, at least we know where Christian Siriano is! Critiquing street fashion! As you might expect, his comments are largely incomprehensible ("All I have to say is that is so Williamsburg I can't even handle it. She doesn't even care. Whatever. Love her.", "I'm over him.") and the words 'fierce' and 'tranny' are thrown around like it's '07. [Daily News]
  • Burberry reports sales up in first quarter. [New York Times]
  • Playboy on Olympians: '"Women's Olympic swimmers are beautiful," says Playboy.com's vice president of content, John Thomas. "Olympic swimmers are known for their bodies, and they look good in their suits."' For some reason, this translates into Playmates modeling Speedos. [WWD]
  • More good news: Kimora Lee Simmons' teen line is surprisingly age-appropriate! [New York Magazine]
  • CFDA/Vogue have announced the 10 finalists for their Fashion Fund competition. [WWD]
  • Speaking of Project Runway, I don't think we've discussed it nearly enough. Did you know, for instance, that they're trying to get Mariah Carey to guest-judge the final episode? [Fashion Week Daily]
  • Or that Nina Garcia is really "saddened" by the show's move to L.A.? [New York Magazine]
  • French model Laetitia Casta nets a film role. It's set at Versailles. [Variety]
  • You saw it here: How to tie a head scarf. [Telegraph]
  • Reebok enters the battle for Beijing Olympics supremacy. [BlackBook]
  • All the scenesters in Charlotte Ronson's fall '08 vid make us really not want to buy her clothes. [Style.com]
  • Meanwhile, Guess takes inspiration from a wholesome, healthy Amy Winehouse. [fashionista]
  • Prada introduces custom bag option. "Customers will be able to choose from a wide variety of decadent materials (suede, leather, crocodile, python, alligator, snakeskin…), rich colors, hardware and detailing so that their bag can be a reflection of their personal tastes and style." Prices available upon request. I'm sure it's totally affordable. [The Fashion Spot]
  • Our equivalent? Botkier for Target. Unfortunately it's kinda meh. [Fabsugar]
  • So, we all know PETA can be your worst enemy. Does that mean they'd make a good best friend? I'm going to go with, "more like the humorless radical down the hall who you kind of had a crush on your freshman year even though you knew in your heart you were too frivolous for him." Their latest target? Fur enthusiast Vivienne Tam. [PETA]
  • London It Girl Alert!!!! Flavour of the week is Sting and Trudie's kid, Coco Sumner. "At only 17, she's already modelled for Burberry, had a role in Stardust alongside Sienna Miller and Claire Danes and has just signed to Island Records to record a reggae album in Jamaica, no less. She's already showing more talent than most of her London peers and with great style too – partially shaved hair, tartan scarf, Breton shirt, denim shorts and ankle socks." [ElleUK]
  • Teflon Kate gets Vogue cover. [BryanBoy]

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