Kim Kardashian To Take Manhattan; Models Still Thin

  • Kim Kardashian isn't just coming to the tents to show her Bebe line — she'll join Felicity Huffman and Estelle, among other celebrities, in a fashion show to raise awareness of heart disease. [WWD]
  • Prince Charles is behind an effort to increase the use of wool in the apparel industry. Wool prices are at a 50-year low, which is hard on farmers, and the prince and others are planning a fashion week to highlight the fiber. Wool Week will run just ahead of London Fashion Week this fall. [Telegraph]
  • A polo playing buddy of Prince Harry's named Nick Roldan has landed representation with Wilhelmina. [P6]
  • Tavi Gevinson made it to couture week in Paris, and has been spotted interviewing Siri Tollerod at Dior. [@IsaacLikes]
  • Justin Timberlake's William Rast line is adding eyewear. [WWD]
  • "I have previously been a very enthusiastic consumer and I didn't think about the origins of garments enough," says Erin O'Connor, the new model spokesperson for an ethical fashion effort to get Indian garment workers and embroiderers a living wage."The thing is, when you see an article — whether it be a bejewelled pen from Monsoon or a top in Gap that requires embroidery — you almost don't believe that it is made with a pair of very determined hands, and that it is time consuming, and that each garment, in a sense, is bespoke because of the way in which they do it – the chalk is their guideline, like a tailor. There's not much to make us aware of women using their hands and their heritage, is there?" [Guardian]
  • For some reason, the African National Congress has decided to release a line of six leather jackets incorporating the party's colors, taken to neon extremes. South Africans are less than impressed by the effort. "I don't think anybody younger than 40 would wear that, out of fear of being ridiculed," said designer Thula Sindi. [BBC]
  • Michelle Trachtenberg attributes Gossip Girl's success to the fashion. "The storylines are good, but the fashion is great." [WWD]
  • Add 72-year-old David Bailey to the list of those who spurn retirement. "It's not work, anyway," says the photographer, who still works seven days a week. "I don't know what else to do." [Vogue UK]
  • Now we know the real reason Pharrell did that painful-looking skin-grafting thing to get rid of his tattoos: So he could pursue a career as a model! He was heard suggesting to Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz that his presence in a Lanvin campaign might give the brand a little je ne sais quoi. We happen to agree! [WWD]
  • The creative director of Sao Paulo Fashion Week, which ended recently, has noticed that the Brazilian models who work primarily in New York and Europe — aka some of the top models in the industry today — are very much thinner than the models who work in the Brazilian domestic market. This he finds concerning. The fact that it's the international models also tend to book the most work also concerns him. [AFP]
  • London's Victoria & Albert museum is to exhibit Grace Kelly's fashions. The princess's dresses will be on display from April 17 to September 26. [Vogue UK]
  • The gossip is that Rachel Zoe was none too happy with former assistant Taylor Jacobsen's departure, and that robbed of the opportunity to fire her, the diminutive über-stylist tried to blacklist Jacobsen instead. And to poach her favorite hairdresser. [FWD]
  • "Mimetic Caviar" is not something we could ever put on our hair without giggling. [Vogue UK]
  • American Apparel's same-store sales declined 7% for the quarter ended December 31, following a decline of 16% in the third quarter. [WWD]
  • Same-store sales at Abercrombie & Fitch (including the Hollister chain) fell 19% in the month of December. Last year, for the same month, sales fell 24%. This is what's called a retail death spiral, no? [WWD]
  • Perhaps that's why the company is reported to have this weekend fired its vice-president of women's wear merchandising. [WWD]