Emily Blunt Suffers For Style; Kate Moss To Do Ballet

  • SI Newhouse Jr. goes to work in sweats? [P6]
  • And so it's happening. Although the Falic Group, owners of Christian Lacroix, stopped producing the women's wear and couture lines, and fired virtually all the company's employees, including the designer himself, Falic retained the rights to the brand name. And wasted no time, apparently, in entering into a deluge of licensing deals. Christian Lacroix men's wear, Christian Lacroix women's sunglasses, Christian Lacroix "premium stationery," Christian Lacroix home textiles, and Christian Lacroix decorative wooden panels are all coming, "despite the wrenching process," as Women's Wear Daily puts it, "of cutting some 70 employees just ahead of the holiday period." We'd put it like this: Lacroix and his former employees are being screwed over by a bunch of dicks. [WWD]
  • Patrick Robinson, Gap's creative director, is co-chairing this year's Met Costume Institute Gala, with Anna Wintour and Oprah. This year, the exhibit will be sponsored by Gap, and called, "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity." Six archetypes — the heiress, the screen siren, the bohemian, the "intellectual emancipator," the flapper, and the patriot — have been chosen by the curators to represent all American women. Sigh. [Style.com]
  • Apparently, we are all carrying absurdly heavy bags, bags that are so heavy they weigh 23 lbs, or as much as a toddler. But could a baby hold a phone, a magazine, a change of shoes and a laptop? Hmmm? [Telegraph]
  • Feminist communists — one in a burqa, the other all in black with a neon thong over her pants — protested at an American Apparel store in NoHo, chanting, "We need total revolution! Women as breeders — no more! Women as sex toys — no more! Women degraded — no more!" Employees tried to block their signs and steal their fliers. [Villager]
  • A Newark billboard for the rapper T.I.'s clothing line, Akoo, that implies fellatio is about to occur has New Jersey people all hot and bothered. [Gothamist]
  • Marni and expensive denim makers Current/Elliott are doing a co-branded jeans line together. [WSJ]
  • Carmen Kass, Estonian supermodel/chess champion, is now investing in real estate, energy, and trading companies. Her business experience leads her to conclude that magazines that still ask her to work for them for free — and to cover her own travel expenses — are exploitative, freeloading bastards. "Are they crazy? I get paid to work; I don't pay to work." Also, she opened DSquared2. Go Carmen. [Style.com]
  • Kate Moss is apparently undergoing three months of intensive private ballet training to prepare for her role in a short film about dance, which will co-star none other than Mikhail Baryshnikov. Working title: Baryshnimoss. [Daily Mail]
  • Jessica Stam, who previous did a line for Rag & Bone, is doing a capsule collection for Rachel Roy's Macy's brand. [@Jess_Stam]
  • This piece doesn't exactly state that Agyness Deyn designed a line for Barneys in Japan, but it does refer to it as "hers," so perhaps this belongs with the other model/slashie stories of the day. [WWD]
  • A market editor at Cosmopolitan was left with a concussion at a 2005 Diane von Furstenberg show when an improperly secured light fell on her. Von Furstenberg apparently thought an apology and a bouquet of flowers would heal the hurt, but the editor has filed a lawsuit. [P6]
  • Hot Topic is selling a copy of L.A. designer Jeremy Scott's Micky Mouse-ish sunglasses — the ones with the flip-out lenses Lady Gaga wore in the "Paparazzi" video — for $12.99. Related: Has whoever is writing CocoPerez totally taken up Fashionista's copyright police badge and truncheon? Whatever the case, it's the most legit thing about that site. [CocoPerez]
  • Nope — they're still doing it too. [Fashionista]
  • In other knockoff news, Forever 21 tackled Alexander Wang's cat-eye sunglasses. [Cat Party]
  • Brian Atwood is leaving his position as creative director of Bally. [FWD]
  • And Permira, the European private-equity firm that owns major stakes in both Proenza Schouler and Valentino, is said to be in discussions to sell at least the former, possibly the latter. Permira spent $3.7 million to buy 45% of Proenza Schouler in 2007. Sources say the firm "is not really trying to make a gain from the sale. On the other hand, I believe the problem is that the brand is absorbing too much cash: It's still a small business that requires a lot of investment to grow," and "Proenza Schouler is cool, and it would make sense to sell it while it's so cool." [WWD]
  • An image-heavy book about Lady Gaga and her style is being rushed into production for a fall release, where it will compete with the other quickie books about Lady Gaga and her style. We just checked our e-mail, having vaguely remembered hearing about this book before, and realized that last month, we were approached to write it. Is this an opportunity we'll regret missing? We'll see. [GalleyCat]
  • As if to confound the talking heads, Lady Gaga wore a bedazzled lobster on her head to dinner this weekend. [JustJared]
  • Simon Doonan: "The shows this season were full of teen/tween bloggers. I feel like they are trying to nudge me out of my front-row seat. Luckily, I have a plan for next season. Since they are all about my height, I am going to impersonate one of them. I am going to wear a doily on my head (Tavi!) and tell everyone I am a teen blogger. If they ask why I am so wrinkled, I will tell them that I have progeria." [GQ]
  • Protesters in Anna Wintour wigs, sunglasses, and t-shirts reading "I Will Only Stay Three Days" massed outside the Gucci show in Milan. Presumably the action was in reference to the Vogue editor's decision to spend just three days at Milan's fashion week, which triggered a cascade of rescheduling as the pitti organizers and designers tried to cram in every important show to those three days. [Fashionista]
  • "I'm especially pleased because my cats made the cut." — Grace Coddington, on the extended footage included in the DVD of R.J. Cutler's The September Issue. [The Cut]
  • Max Azria is opening a new chain of stores for his BCBGeneration brand, which targets younger customers. The 18-month-old line was previously only available at wholesale, where the company says it generated sales of $200 million last year. [WWD]
  • Gap Inc. is planning to open its first Italian stores — one for the namesake label, and one for Banana Republic. Both will be in Rome. [Vogue UK]
  • People's feet are getting bigger all over the U.S. of A. [PatsPapers]