Helen Mirren Is Pro-Sleeves, Possibly A Designer

  • A celeb designer we could actually get behind: Helen Mirren! If given a line for Marks & Spencer, she says she'd call it, "DWS: Dresses With Sleeves." [Telegraph]
  • Meanwhile, addressing the crucial shortage of celebrity fragrances, Patrick Dempsey launches "Unscripted," replete with "lavender top notes, fig mid notes, and patchouli finish." Quoth the Can't Buy Me Love star, “Sometimes people are scared off by patchouli, but I think most people secretly like it!” Think again, mister. [Fashion Week Daily]
  • Brit presenter Alexa Chung: "I stopped modelling because it was just so stifling. It is very hard, when something is your passion, to be controlled and told how to do it and what to wear." Um, exactly which part was she "passionate" about? [Telegraph]
  • Vogue editor-at-XXL Andre Leon Talley is sporting a rhinestone-bedazzled "Obama" hat, overcoat. President-elect backs away slowly. [WSJ]
  • Michael Jackson is auctioning off his iconic "Billie Jean" glove! The embattled King of Pop must be, ahem, embattled. [WWLTV]
  • While we have no idea whether or not Michelle would actually wear Khuraira's new bronze "Lady Obama" lipstick, she'd probably approve of a percentage of profits going to a breast cancer charity. [Nylon]
  • Victoria Beckham's dresses are selling like gangbusters stateside! [WWD]
  • Maybe it's because Posh has her design priorities: easy access. "I knew I would spend a lot on the best-quality zips because, like many women, I’ve had my share of crappy zips. I wanted a zip that undoes from both ends because then you can either put the dress on over your head or, if you don’t want to mess up your hair, you can step into it. And also, you know, going to the loo wouldn’t be this whole big palaver." [The Sun]
  • Conde Nast's new odds-beating Love mag has a secret blog. [Fashionista]
  • Celebs are all about odd-looking custom knits. [Telegraph]
  • Speaking of bespoke: Will Savile Row's custom tailors be a recession casualty? [Independent]
  • Meanwhile, mild winters spell doom for Russia's fur industry; probably still spells doom for animals. [Reuters]
  • Also hurting: the overseas factories who supply U.S. stores. [FT]
  • Ugh. Theory lays off 50. [WWD]
  • Oscar de la Renta, however, has hired 15! [Fashion Week Daily]
  • As we suspected, the Leger bandage dress is apparently impossible to eat in. [Daily Mail]
  • Conversely, sales of men's XL clothes are way up in England. [Telegraph]
  • Fashionistas are pissed that Marc Jacobs has canceled his annual holiday party. But could he really top last year's camel toe? [WWD]
  • Rich Parisienne scores some haute couture bargain. "It must be because of the crisis everybody is talking about." [Reuters]
  • They say YSL's art collection is good. Judge for yourselves! [Vanity Fair]
  • Given that Nike's collaborating with APC, you know the resulting sneakers will be chic, simple, and way out of our price range. [VogueUK]
  • "Have you seen a toddler? They're all bums and tums. But if you look at a mannequin of a toddler, it's a little shrunken adult body, like a little alien. If you're making clothes and using that as the model, it's not going to work." That's why Janice Wang makes realistic fit mannequins. [FT]
  • Save the planet, celeb style! "The event not only showed off McDonald’s exquisite pendants featuring pavé diamond bears on top of geodes, but also raised awareness for Conservation International, an organization that protects the Ursus Maritimus as well as other endangered species." [WWD]
  • New "invisible panties" are way less sexy, more practical than they sound! [Daily Mail]
  • When you remember that awful urine-drinking Diesel campaign, it's no shocker that the film for their new kids' line is totally freaky: "The finale is unnerving, as the whole cast—bathed in an unearthly, almost hellish glow—start screaming. " [AdWeek]
  • Mario Testino's new Burberry ads, featuring moddles in a plant nursery, is somewhat less alarming. [WWD]