Demi's New Photoshop Of Horrors; Lara Stone Is Not "The Larger Supermodel"

  • A wax doll impersonates Demi Moore in this latest Helena Rubinstein perfume ad, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (the same team behind her atrociously 'shopped W cover). Can't wait for the "before" shot, Demi! [PhotoshopDisasters]
  • According to this rumor, Victoria Beckham has been asked by American Idol to style the contestants for four episodes. [Elle UK]
  • OK, here's that Julianne Moore Bulgari ad, for real. [FWD]
  • A bigger surprise is Robin Wright, who seems to have returned to modeling as the face of French brand Gerard Darel. [People]
  • Daisy Lowe modeled Louis Vuitton's resort collection alongside Lara Stone. Lara Stone is the 'larger' supermodel, says a reporter. "Larger? I felt like an elephant next to her. It's ridiculous. She's being hailed as this bigger girl, but she's tiny." That perspicacity, and the fact that Lowe compares herself to "Saffy from AbFab" makes us love her. [ToL]
  • Giorgio Armani will die with his fabric scissors and sketchpad in hand, thank you very much. "I will never sell [my business] because I don't need to and I don't want to," says the 75-year-old designer. "And I'm not stepping aside either, as long as I can, touch wood, keep up this pace. I don't give a damn about a super-golden pension, I wouldn't know what to do with it." [Reuters]
  • A new biography of Yves Saint Laurent contains, among other shocking allegations, the claim that the designer used cocaine and drank — sometimes heavily. And also was kind of a dick to people who worked under him. Pierre Bergé says he declined to be interviewed by biographer Marie-Dominique Lelièvre, so as not to dignify "a jumble of poorly verified gossip," which he also has not read. The author instead spoke to more than 50 relatives, friends, and former employees and models. Tom Ford spoke about Saint Laurent's domineering side when he told The Advocate that Saint Laurent and Bergé had made his life "a misery" when he took over designing duties on the ready-to-wear line. "I have letters from Yves Saint Laurent that are so mean you cannot even believe such vitriol is possible. I don't think he was high when he wrote them either." [ToL]
  • Gun-toting basketball star Gilbert Arenas has been dropped from his endorsement deal with Adidas. The athletic wear company had been Arenas' principal sponsor. [AdAge]
  • Meanwhile, a famous street basketballer, Joe "The Destroyer" Hammond, is suing Nike and Foot Locker for $5 million for allegedly printing up some shirts bearing his name without permission or payment. (Also: they spelled his surname wrong.) [UPI]
  • Tavi Gevinson might be going to the couture shows in Paris to cover them for Pop, according to a tweet that The Moment might have sent and then deleted. [Fashionista]
  • Kelis has some strong words for PETA, which recently attacked her publicly — and sent her a critical personal letter — for wearing fur. She expressed herself on her MySpace blog: "It's not just the look of fur. It's warm as hell and feels glorious, ever rubbed faux fur on your body? Nothing luxurious about that. Then the letter proceeded to name artist and designers who don't wear real fur. Great! More for me! I don't judge them, don't judge me. If I started wearing endangered animals like polar bear or orangutan then talk to me. (Which btw for the record I would not - I do believe in the preservation of endangered species) But the minks and chinchilla that quite honestly are rodents and if weren't in the form of a coat I would demand they be put to death anyway are not an issue to me." Kelis compared concern over the plight of animals to issues like sweatshops and of the people who work in the food industry. "Underpaid minorities picking your vegetables, now that's fine for you right?" She follows up: "Don't waste my time trying to save the dang chipmunk!" [MySpace]
  • The C.E.O. of Roberto Cavalli says, of the 2010 economic climate, "We are seeing positive signals. The (sales) haemorrhage seen at the end of 2008 and in the first half of 2009 has stopped." The company is still "rationalizing" its operations. Unrelated: the reporter writes, "Cavalli is known for his animal prints and flowing dresses. He counts many celebrities among fans, such as the Spice Girls." Nobody on the Reuters business desk could think of a more recent celebrity who favors Cavalli? Besides, everybody knows Posh was all about the Gucci anyway. [Reuters]
  • Yohji Yamamoto, which is going through bankruptcy proceedings in Japan, named a new C.E.O. and management team, though Yamamoto himself will remain in charge of the company's creative direction. The label recently closed its New York stores, and confirms that it is weighing the fate of its Antwerp boutique also. [Vogue UK]
  • Unpaid internships in the media and fashion are hardly uncommon, but demanding that your working-for-free assistants skip a whole week of class to better serve you seems a tad...excessive. [Fashionista via FishbowlNY]
  • Zandra Rhodes is doing a collaboration with a British outdoor chain called Millets. "I'm still young enough to go camping!" she says; from this we can only infer that H&M said a polite no. [Telegraph]