Barack Obama Made An Unwilling Jacket Shill; Lindsay Copying Scandal DeepensS

  • Just a day after Michelle Obama was featured in a totally unauthorized PETA ad, Weatherproof is under fire from the White House for erecting a Times Square billboard with a picture of Barack Obama wearing one of its jackets. [Telegraph]
  • After Fashionista unearthed a picture of Lindsay Lohan in a Jen Kao dress that looks suspiciously similar to one of Lohan's "designs" for her clothing label, 6126, Kao told Women's Wear Daily, "While we are all well aware that being ‘mimicked' or ‘copied' has always existed in this industry, I think the evolution of it all has grown to an alarming level." Meanwhile, Australian leggings designer James Lillis pointed out similarities between Lohan's "Diamond" cut-out leggings, and his own "Spartan" leggings, which have near-identical cut-outs. Kristi Taylor, president of 6126, says both claims are baseless. [WWD]
  • Prabal Gurung found out about his big $25,000 win in the Ecco Domani fashion prize by reading about it in the paper. Nepal-born Gurung says he was partly inspired by an Oprah episode about living your dream to move to the U.S. [Glamour]
  • Apparently Malcolm Gladwell out to dinner constitutes a Page Six sighting now? Oh, also: "Giorgio Armani looking out the window of his flagship store at the long line across the street at Abercrombie & Fitch with a puzzled look on his face." Abercrombie may have a line, but it also has eighteen months of consecutive declining year-on-year sales, so there's that. (They were down 19% in December, Giorgio! Buck up.) [P6]
  • Another reason to question whether fast fashion is worthy of support: Astoundingly, a New York-based Wal-Mart contractor and the 34th St. H&M flagship both apparently slash or hole-punch hundreds of pieces of unsold clothing before throwing it in dumpsters nightly. The stores are just around the corner from a collection point for New York Cares, the charity that gives coats to the homeless. [NYTimes]
  • Although the Times reporter for the above piece tried ten times to contact H&M's corporate office to inquire about its clothing disposal policies without success, shortly after the article was published, an H&M spokesperson said, "It will not happen again." The CUNY graduate student who discovered the practice, and who saw many bags of clothing thrown away behind the 34th St. store over a period of months, had also written to H&M's corporate headquarters without reply. [NYTimes]
  • Heidi Klum is doing two maternity collections this spring. Loved by Heidi Klum launches on February 12 for Motherhood Maternity, and Lavish by Heidi Klum will go on sale the same day in A Pea In The Pod. If there's any celebrity who should be designing maternity wear, it's probably Mrs. Samuels. [People]
  • Today's Rachel Zoe Report — her natty little shopping guide — recommends buying a $275 issue of Visionaire magazine. Number 57 includes a 2010 calendar loaded with 365 images of contemporary art selected by the editors; it lights up like a night light. This Report is missing Zoe's typical suggested knock-off; apparently there's just no substitute for Art. [Visionaire]
  • The Man Shops Globe guy, Anthropologie buyer Keith Johnson, lives with his partner, Urban Outfitters C.E.O. Glen Senk. Their three homes are decorated with the fruits of Johnson's shopping; his militant approach to same should stand you in good stead at the local flea market or the souk in Meknes. [WSJ]
  • Just when the Swimsuit Edition body-painting thing was getting really tired, an advertiser picks it up! A Sobe ad in the eagerly anticipated issue of Sports Illustrated features some actress from Twilight (not Kristen Stewart, obvs) wearing Sobe-inspired "skinsuits." If that name doesn't make you retch, perhaps you'll buy the new 0-cal waterdrink the ads are launching. [PRNewswire]
  • London designer Peter Jensen will be showing this season in New York. [Vogue UK]
  • The horizontal striped t-shirts that all the French-wannabe hipster girls have been wearing will, the Journal predicts, remain big this spring. [WSJ]
  • Someone has published all the French Vogue covers since 1920 together in one — doubtless amazing — book. [Telegraph]