Cristiano Ronaldo Heats Up A Billboard Near You; Italian Prince Overshares About Kate Moss

  • Feast your tired eyes on this Armani campaign image of Cristiano Ronaldo. The soccer star gives pretty good Beckham, dontchathink? [NOW]
  • Maria Sharapova has a mini-line of $250 sunglasses for TAG Heuer. Her signature comes laser-engraved on the lenses. [FWD]
  • It's true. Sarah Jessica Parker is, as rumored, taking on a design role at Halston. Parker will not be involved with designer Marios Schwab's Halston line — his first collection will be seen next month — but instead will give her input to Halston Heritage, a brand-new line that does "updated" versions of the label's classics. Halston's archives have always been the brand's biggest strength — a real Halston is thrift-store gold — and depending on those "updates," this could be very successful. Or it could be a Lindsay-Lohan-Ungaro disaster; Sarah Jessica Parker's last line, Bitten, cycled down to discount bins very quickly, before folding altogether. [WWD]
  • The garment industry in Haiti, a vital sector of the troubled country's economy, is suspected to have been very badly affected by the earthquake in Port-au-Prince. Two foreign companies that operate within Haiti, Hanes and the t-shirt maker Gildan, each confirmed "substantial" damages to some of their contractors' factories. [TS]
  • Gieves & Hawkes, the Savile Row tailoring house that once employed a young Alexander McQueen, has promoted a woman named Kathryn Sargent to the position of head cutter. Sargent, who has worked at the company for 14 years, is the first woman to hold such a position on Savile Row. (You can check out her impeccable looking suit at the other end of this link. Also worthy of note is the fact that the Daily Mail refrained from saying anything totally out-of-this-world offensive about her; a minor miracle for our days.) [Daily Mail]
  • An Italian prince, now married, has for some reason seen fit to tell the media about an 8-month affair he had with Kate Moss nearly a decade ago. "She was a wonderful and fascinating woman, not bizarre or weird at all," says the prince. (There hasn't been an Italian monarchy since 1946, but apparently he likes the title.) [Daily Express]
  • Yohji Yamamoto abruptly closed its two stores in New York. The company is going through bankruptcy in Japan. [Racked]
  • We would be remiss if we didn't point out that Karl Lagerfeld seems to be following a similar trajectory. Yohji's troubles first became apparent last year, when the company closed its New York press office — a move Lagerfeld took this week. "Unfortunately," wrote the former director of global marketing, "the current environment has forced us to downsize." Lagerfeld has also laid off four employees at its Amsterdam office, and is killing off the K Karl Lagerfeld denim and diffusion line. [WWD]
  • Target's latest Go! International collection will apparently be with the small New York label Tucker. After Jean-Paul Gaultier, Cynthia Vincent, Liberty of London, Eugenia Kim, and Zac Posen launch their various collaborations with the retailer over the coming spring, Tucker for Target will most likely hit stores in the summer. [Fashionista]
  • Speaking of Gaultier's Target collection: someone took a really bad cell phone picture of it. We don't know quite what to make of that. [Refinery29]
  • The blog My Mom, The Style Icon — which we've discussed before — is set to become a book from Chronicle in 2011. Submissions to the site are being considered for the book. [My Mom, The Style Icon]
  • Between 1993 and 2008, Levi's did not operate in or source clothing from China because of concerns over human rights violations. Some see this as an interesting parallel to Google's situation in the nation today. [WSJ]
  • The Marc Jacobs store in Milan is adding a Marc by Marc Jacobs café, where you can eat, drink, and buy expensive t-shirts. [WWD]
  • If you go to New York boutique Jeffrey looking for men's wear of a different stripe than the usual two-button, three-button rigamarole, you might seize upon the label Devon Scott for its narrow, modern cuts and design features like diagonal buttonholes in the sleeves. When you realize the sales assistant helping you is Devon Scott, well, then things get interesting. [NYTimes]