Nooooo! Katy Perry Wants To Design!

  • Katy Perry has design aspirations. "Agyness Deyn and Dita Von Teese are my fashion icons. I love to create a character, and I like looking like I've just stepped out of a history book." [New York]
  • L'Oreal has signed Zach and Miri star Elizabeth Banks! About time she got a lead! [WWD]
  • Speaking of L'Oreal... aging heiress Liliane Bettencourt denies that she's ill, being duped by a gigolo. [FT]
  • And: Oy. L'Oreal lays off 500 in U.S. [AdAge]
  • Liar! Despite claims to the contrary, Paris Hilton has been spotted wearing the same dress twice! [E]
  • Is acclaimed designer Olivier Theyskens out at Nina Ricci? People are tossing around "creative differences," which it totally the "irreconcilable differences" of the work world. [FashionWeekDaily]
  • Will Tommy Hilfiger be the only designer actually showing at the Bryant Park tents? [WWD]
  • We kind of don't want to contribute to this latest Levi's ad going viral. [Videogum]
  • Fun, PETA-style: throw virtual snowballs at celebrity "fur hags." [AdRants]
  • Stores aren't even bothering to deck the halls of their sad beauty aisles this Christmas. [WWD]
  • Fashion darlings Rodarte have discovered the secret to living left-coast: "This is the secret to L.A.; you listen to music from Peanuts. We realized it last night, driving — it was late, and the Peanuts theme was playing, and it’s like the whole city was transformed." [Style.com]
  • Carine Roitfeld and Kanye West are BFF. [Style.com]
  • The founder of Aussie label JustJeans was caught with his hand in the till...or the white-collar, $100 million equivalent thereof. [News.com.au]
  • Speaking of crime, the fashion industry took a hit in the Madoff scandal. [WWD]
  • Along with other less-than-hip brands, Laura Ashley's feeling the economic pinch. [Guardian]
  • J. Crew's bridesmaid's dresses are becoming an industry standard. See, J, when you price things reasonably they sell! [W]
  • Accessories brand Lambertson Truex is on the block, if you're looking for a sideline. [WWD]