Is Madonna's Louis Vuitton Ad Worth The Hype?

  • First peek at Madonna's much-hyped, possibly exorbitant Louis Vuitton ad: the Steven Meisel shot features Madge in a Parisianish bistro, striking some unladylike poses. [Just Jared]
  • Carine Roitfeld denies that she's replacing the nuclear Wintour: “I’m very happy at Vogue France.” [WWD]
  • Naomi Campbell: "“I’m getting to like Miami again...It was very hard to come back here after they killed my friend.” We assume she means Gianni Versace. [WWD]
  • Kanye West: “I want to and will be the real thing...I will not just be a ‘celebrity designer.’” He wants an internship with LV or Raf Simons. [NY Times]
  • Phew. At least online sales are good: Monday's were the second-highest ever, boosting retail shares. [WWD]
  • Christian Siriano continues his career of being totally ubiquitous by designing a line for Payless! Quoth the phrase-making wunderkind, "IIve already been working with the Payless Design Team in New York, and I can't wait to see how they will take the high-end shoes and bags I'm designing for the runway and turn them into pieces that everyone can buy. I'm all about the runway and the sidewalks!" [Daily News]
  • Speaking of TV designers (sorry, Christian), Lauren Conrad has named her next line...after her MySpace fans. [Oh No They Didn't]
  • New York Times discovers lace tights; fails to discover they make one's legs look diseased. [NY Times]
  • Some glaucoma drug seems to make eyelashes longer and fuller. Not liking where this is going. [MSNBC]
  • What to get the snob who has everything? Why, an Armani pen! “To attain such exceptional smoothness, diamond paste is used initially before the final polish is imparted by hand.” [Fashion Week Daily]
  • Aeropostale slips in the fourth quarter. [Crains]
  • Victoria's Secret is gonna pull out all the stops to beat the recession. They weren't already doing that? [WSJ]
  • At least someone's thriving: the Rachel Zoe Project has been renewed! [LA Times]
  • DVF's pre-fall: geometric and jungly. [WWD]
  • Apparently "green" dry cleaners could be a lot greener. Moot: no one can afford dry-cleaning! [WSJ]
  • Tina Knowles is designing a line inspired by daughter Beyonce's film Cadillac Records. [WWD]
  • Vena Cava designers have way cooler Christmas decorations than the rest of us: "Ms. Buhai says that Christmas-tree lots often have leftover branch trimmings free for the taking. She'll pick up a large branch and paint it black. 'It looks much cooler than a Christmas tree. And it's a little darker...I usually add plain silver bulbs. It's a minimalist Christmas tree.' She prefers to simply lean her twig tree against the wall, but smaller cuttings could be put in vases." [WSJ]
  • London's Royal Ballet tams up with the Italian dance clothier Freddy. They'll be doing one line for the RB and one for general sale. [Reuters]
  • Designer Lela Rose: "When the Bush family entered the White House, Jenna and Barbara were older and already had their styles pretty well established. But with the Obama girls, we will see their styles develop right before our eyes...I do think that we shouldn't expect too much, since they are so young, but I would love to see them become not so matchy and really come into their own," [VogueUK]