American Apparel Exports American Porn, English History
  • Should American Apparel be exporting its porntastic aesthetic? Ask Dov! "Magna Carta 1215! They anticipated that international merchants should be able to come to Great Britain and sell their goods. I think it's section 43 or 42, you can look it up on Google." [IHT]
  • Patricia Field finally admits what we've always suspected about styling: it's bullshit. "It's easy, it pays well and you don't have to worry about inventory [as you do when running a store]. For me, it was like a windfall, because in retail you have to work very long hours and often don't make much money. But [with styling] they're paying you all this money to put clothes on a few people. I was like, wow!" [Guardian]
  • What would a Monday be without Lagerfeld? "I'm suffering from an overdose of myself...At a certain point, you ask yourself, am I a puppet or not?" [Canadian Press]
  • Kate Winslet's definitely playing Vivienne Westwood. [Fashionista]
  • Natalia Vodianova's launching a lingerie line. [Sassybella]
  • So is Molly Sims. [New York Magazine]
  • Alessandra Facchinetti — who learned about her Valentino firing through the media, mind you — says, 'fuck diplomacy': "I am very embittered...I thank Valentino (group) for appreciating my 'creative contribution' and my 'refined talent'. It's a shame that they have not been adequately used." [Reuters]
  • Her replacements say they'll, um, do a good job too. [WWD]
  • The Aussie government has proposed a fashion "Code of Conduct" that would require magazines "to feature normal-sized models and disclose the use of digitally enhanced photos." We were never allowed to toss around the term "normal" growing up in my house, but sounds good! [News.com.au]
  • The provenance of Sarah Palin's shoes generates controversy. [BlackBook]
  • Hey, wanna be like Kate Moss? Yeah, neither do we. Here's a book about it for those who don't have the energy for coke or Pete Doherty. [The Sun]
  • Ferragamo's new villa takes the pulse of the times. Oh, wait. "The numbers involved in the project – by spring 2010 it will include 20 villas, 26 “hotel” suites, a Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course, spa, two restaurants, winery and stud – are clearly not for the credit-crunched." [FT]
  • What to wear to weddings number 2, 3, 4...you get the picture. [Washington Post]
  • The vitamin gift bag at Louis Vuitton sounds like crap to us, but celebs were into it! [WWD]
  • Young Indian girls like sexu clothes, too! [Hindustan Times]
  • Cardigans are back. Were they gone? [LA Times]
  • Hard times: People are cutting back on plastic surgery. Zing! [CNN]
  • Maybe that's why makeup sales are up! [BrandWeek]
  • In some kind of Johnny Cash tribute-cum-intimidation tactic, sports fans are urging "blackouts" in which everybody um, wears black clothes in the stands. [NY Times]
  • Yes, we're sure all this 3-D imaging looks awesome. But it's no substitute for the actual humiliation of trying on swimsuits! [Business Week]< li>Helen Mirren to win some "Most Stylish Woman" award we've never heard of. Brava! [Mirror]
  • Model dons tiny corset; walks; faints. People are surprised. [The Sun]
  • Alexander McQueen goes all Donnie Darko in a freaky bunny suit. [New York Magazine]