Explaining Kate Moss; Jean-Paul Gaultier Makes Corset For His Cat

  • Kate, in Harper's Bazaar: "I'm not really a fashion designer. I just love clothes. I've never been to design school. I can't sketch. I can't cut patterns...I can shorten things. I can make a dress out of a scarf." [JustJared]
  • In the supermodel's purse: "a phone, makeup, Dunhill lighter, the inevitable cigarettes and a tiny box of chocolates from her friend Stella McCartney." Of her collaboration with Longchamp, Moss says, "As a woman with a lot of handbags, they have got to have a bit of flair, not too ‘Lady,' with a bit of an edge. And it's really important that Longchamp is an old family company — old school. They know how to make bags." Side note: wasn't there a time when a Kate Moss interview was a rare thing? [NYTimes]
  • Liv Tyler made the cover of British Elle. Tyler likes: "playing dress-up" with Kate Moss, and going to Stella McCartney's country house. "Once our kids are asleep it's ‘grab the wine', and talk turns to boys and husbands." [People]
  • Elle MacPherson is confirmed as next season's host of Britain's Next Top Model. [MyFashionLife]
  • House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder and Survival by Deborah Ball comes out today. Fashion journalist Ball interviewed everyone from Naomi Campbell to Gianni Versace's exes for the story. [WWD]
  • Jean-Paul Gaultier once made a corset for his cat, as he relates in this exchange with a British journalist: "'Do you know that cats can't wear corsets?' He giggles a little. 'Do you 'ave a cat?' I tell him I do. 'Have you ever tied something round his middle?' I tell him I haven't. 'They can't stand!' he says. 'Not at all! They just fall over. I know because I tried!'" [Telegraph]
  • Beyoncé is turning Union Square tonight into a flickering miasma of projected flames, fog, and smoke to celebrate the launch of her perfume, Heat. At 15 Union Square, the original location of Tiffany's, she will burst out of a life-sized ad poster in the flesh. [WWD]
  • Scarlett Johansson "designed" a tote bag for Mango, a "portion" of the proceeds from which will go to Oxfam for the Haitian relief effort. [SB]
  • Stella McCartney used a black-and-white closeup of her childhood dalmatian, Lucky, taken by Linda McCartney sometime in the 1970s, in her spring campaign. [Elle UK]
  • "It is really tiring, but it's such a special moment that I am enjoying it to the maximum. I have dedicated my days completely to him." Gisele Bundchen, on breastfeeding. [People]
  • Ralph Lauren chose quilted down jackets, white pants, and knitted caps to dress the U.S. Winter Olympics team. [USAToday]
  • However, team members who actually win medals will wear (very similar, but with ombré stripes à la Prada fall 2007) Nike outfits on the podium. [VF]
  • Opening Ceremony's Levi's collaboration is expensive, misshapen. Should be popular then. [Style.com]
  • Hadley Freeman hates acid wash. As much as we hate the whole idea of fashion as nothing more than a recondite series of rules and codes known only to insiders, on this point, we concur. [Guardian]
  • Stylist Robert Verdi is getting his own reality show on Logo. [Racked]
  • Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy are "stuck" for ideas on their fashion show set. Duffy Tweeted yesterday: "Ideas for set for our fashion show? At the armory. I'm stuck no idea. Sthg minimal pls." Though he deleted all of the day's tweets ("I told you I was new at this"), we grabbed a re-tweet. [@MarianGibbon]
  • British chain New Look has announced its initial public offering. [NYTimes]
  • New Look grabbed none other than Taylor Momsen for its spring campaign. [Daily Mail]