"Fashion Designer" Avril Lavigne Makes Things Complicated, Hideous
  • Avril Lavigne's Abbey Dawn clothing line premieres. It's like a five-year-old Scottish pirate designing for Hot Topic. [World Of Wonder]
  • "Insiders tell Page Six [Sarah] Palin has a secretive circle of stylists who dress her for events...One source familiar with Palin's primping posse told us, 'They do not want the American public to know that Palin is using stylists or that she is paying for expensive clothes this early on in the campaign.'" [Page Six]
  • Barbie will be showing on the Fall runways. A miniature runway?!?! [Fashion Week Daily]
  • In addition to the systematic extinction of pants, LiLo would like to devote her energies to bag design. "Maybe a collaboration. The ultimate would be to do a purse for Chanel. They're so classic and they last forever and it'd be a really cool thing to have my name on," she says. [NY Mag]
  • Even though like every store in the world is in trouble, etailing booms. We blame PayPal. It's like pretend money! [WWD]
  • Zappo's is apparently as fixated on employee satisfaction as customer happiness: When the company takes on new hires, it gives them intensive training. "Then, about one week in, Zappos makes what it calls 'The Offer,' telling newbies, 'If you quit today, we will pay you for the amount of time you have worked, plus a $2,000 bonus.'" [Business Week]
  • It's a goal: a Serbian tailor wants to make the world's biggest trousers. 100 guys will fit in them, although I guess that means, like, inside the pockets. [Reuters]
  • Elle MacPherson has been taken to task for letting her young son (helmeted) ride on the handlebars of her bike in London (caught by paps, obvs.) She has not been taken to task for naming him Aurelius Cy. [Telegraph]
  • Slumping Gucci names new CEO. [WSJ]
  • Although they say it's so the old one could "pursue other interests." [Reuters]
  • Dorian Ho pioneers home-grown Chinese couture. [Reuters]
  • Shocked by the cheap unisex uniforms female prisoners are forced to wear, Stockholm design students have created a new uniform for Swedish inmates. "As an added bonus...the new clothing is designed to expand easily when women gain weight. Many inmates were ampthetamine users on the outside and put on pounds quickly off the drug." [UPI]
  • A Tommy Hilfiger exec cops to stealing $19 million. [WWD]
  • Natalia Vodianova's French Shalimar ad is just as steamy as that Eva Mendes CK one, possibly NSFW. [NY Mag]
  • British designer Giles Deacon's fashion week muse? Pac-Man, obvs. [Reuters]
  • Christopher Kane's? Planet of the Apes. [Fashionologie]
  • Emma "Hermione Granger" Watson does her first Vogue shoot! "I was terrified of ripping, getting mud (as we shot outdoors), cake, a prop, or anything on the dresses!" [NY Mag]
  • The brand that made Katie Holmes's mom jeans, Prps, is emboldened to expand stateside. No, really, it's okay. [NYDN]
  • Thank God. Shu Uemura brings the fake lash bar to Australia. [SMH]
  • All the "Fashion Capitals" hammer out some kind of weird fashion week scheduling treaty. One hopes, at Versailles. [Reuters]
  • Possibly at the cost of London's "ethical fashion" component. [The Guardian]
  • Can't really work up much interest in stylist Philip Bloch's "feud" with some Glam God contestant. [Page Six]