Scarlett Returns As Face Of Mango; Kim Kardashian Showing At Fashion Week

  • Kim Kardashian's as-yet-unreleased line for Bebe is showing on the official schedule at New York Fashion Week. [The Cut]
  • In other news, Bebe is shamelessly knocking of Balmain again. Kim Kardashian, Christophe Decarnin: one of these things is not like the other... [Chic and Untroubled]
  • If Coco Rocha gets her way, she will have a presentation for her as-yet-unnamed fashion line this September. Yes! This has to happen. All Rocha can reveal as of now is that the clothes are Victorian-inspired. "I love the 1800s, costume-y, but elegant, Victorian-inspired clothes. When you wear that style out today, it's definitely considered costume. I'm trying to take pieces and elements of that era and put it into a modern woman," said the model. "I also believe 100% that we need affordable clothing. High fashion affordable — that is my big goal for this coming summer." At this point, we'd settle for anything that referenced the 1880s or the 1890s over the 1980s and the 1990s. [FWD]
  • Marisa Miller has not been dropped by Victoria's Secret. [People]
  • God dammit, after reading this story, we want to walk around the Paris fabric fair with John Malkovich, talking about art and clothes. Celebrity-designer wannabes: this is how it's done. [CNN]
  • London-based avant-garde knitwear designer Louise Goldin has won a £30,000 prize, and industry mentoring. [Telegraph]
  • Nathalie Rykiel and Marc Jacobs are each set to receive the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres — knighthoods of arts and letters — in a ceremony in Paris on Friday. Jacobs is being rewarded for his services to the French fashion industry as creative director of Louis Vuitton, and Rykiel has taken over her mother's position as president and creative director of Sonia Rykiel. [WWD]
  • Diane von Furstenberg has scored a lifetime achievement award from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She'll receive it at the school's commencement ceremonies in May. [WWD]
  • Speaking of Diane von Furstenberg, she says she knows Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is the person to head up Fashion Week at Lincoln Center — the tents move for this September's shows — because, "When we had that incident at the White House in January, my first thought was, ‘this never would have happened if Stephanie was there.'" [TFI]
  • She continued, at the same event, "Bryant Park was wonderful, but at the end they didn't want us anymore. If they don't want us, somebody else will!" Paper's Mickey Boardman too looks forward to the move, albeit mainly for aesthetic reasons. "It's an adventure! Lincoln Center gives me sort of a 1970s Abu Dhabi feel, which is a look I really enjoy." [FWD]
  • Oh, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff has one message and one message only for PETA: "I've had no problem with PETA after eleven years working with Anna, so come get me!" [The Cut]
  • "Something went amok with jeans in the late 1970s," says a guy who sells jeans on the Internet, "consistent with everything else in our culture." [NYTimes]
  • This fall, expect to see Steve Madden jewelry in stores. [Crain's]
  • André Leon Talley also did not like Christina Hendricks' Golden Globes dress. Or Elisabeth Moss's, or Julia Roberts', or Drew Barrymore's, or — well, just about anybody's. "Though their drama Mad Men won a statuette for Best Television Drama, the biggest style losers of the evening were Elisabeth Moss in Amsale and Christina Hendricks in Christian Siriano's strapless ruffled dress, which she called "peach champagne" but looked more like roadside-diner peach melba. It was so wrong for her ample figure and golden-sunshine personality. The ruffles thudded like industrial tarp along her body like a peplum but missed the point of what a peplum should do: define the waist to flatter a woman." [Vogue]
  • Daphne Guinness gives a rave review of Mrs O: The Face Of Fashion Democracy by Mary Tomer, which is mostly actually a rave review of Michelle Obama's style. [SMH]
  • "We live in a Photoshopped world. Back in October, I had an exhibition in Japan where I showed some of my personal [art] collection. One of the photographs is by Spencer Tunick. It's in Mexico where there are several thousand naked people standing in a square — you can imagine what the organization of that would have been. People would walk into the gallery, come to the photograph and say, 'Oh, amazing Photoshop!' I was recently in Antwerp for the evening to celebrate the first anniversary of my shop there; just a little evening that was about nothing more than just saying hello to customers and having a drink. But people were confused. They thought, 'There must be a trick.' One customer said to me, 'We received the invitation card, but we didn't think you'd be here. We thought it was just a marketing ploy.' Unfortunately, it's just so normal now for people not to believe anything and for people to lie about things, and gamble on them, and not be sincere. In a way, sincerity is the new fake because no one even believes you if you are sincere." — Designer Sir Paul Smith. [WWD]
  • "Vogue Italia differs from the average women's magazine because we don't try to dictate anything to our readers. We don't tell people how to combine this skirt with that jumper and those boots. The readers' bodies and their ages are seldom the same as the models' anyway...We are offering a dream and use photo shoots to do so — sometimes they are ironic, sometimes they're dramatic, it's like looking at scenes out of a movie. Then it's up to the individual to take those looks and translate them into the everyday." — Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani, who also sticks up for German style. [Spiegel]
  • "Maybe it's the economy, or the insinuating presence of terrorists (who, with the introduction of explosive underpants, have added custom tailoring to their ghastly résumés)." — Guy Trebay, on the Milan men's wear shows. [NYTimes]
  • Speaking of the men's shows...and the Germans...Bruce Weber made a short movie to play during Stefano Pilati's Yves Saint Laurent show in Paris today. Plebs like us can watch it on the Internet. [WWD]
  • The Prada/Richemont rumors are back. A reporter for the Business of Fashion says that "sources in Berlin" tell him the supposed deal between Prada and Richemont is still under consideration. Richemont, which owns Van Cleef and Arpels, Cartier, and Chloé, among other companies, was said a fortnight ago to be buying a stake in Prada, but the latter flatly denied it. [Fashionologie]
  • Rachel Comey's collection for Urban Outfitters is now available in stores. It's disappointingly boring. [UrbanOutfitters]
  • An artist named Andrew Yang makes painstakingly accurate rag-doll versions of runway looks. They are adorable, if slightly creepy, and cost a jaw-dropping $600 apiece. [Refinery29]
  • If you've ever been curious about men's shirts? (Okay, no, no-one is ever "curious" about men's shirts.) Um, ever wondered, in the fascinating abstract, what refinements are possible to a mature technological form — like a man's dress shirt? (Still no?) Care to hear, then, about why they can cost so much? (Zzzz.) Ah, just read this article. It's good. [WSJ]