Solange, Zooey, & Leona Book Campaigns; Balenciaga Blacklists Vogue EditorS

  • Charlize Theron loves John Galliano's work, and already fronts a Dior perfume campaign. So when she was seen greeting Bernard Arnault "like long-lost family" backstage, and then proceeded to discuss "a project," tongues started wagging. An actress booking a luxury campaign! How unexpected. [FWD]
  • The Armani red carpet dress display is up at the Manhattan flagship store. Lady Gaga's Grammy gown caused a sidewalk pileup of gawkers. [Racked]
  • Coco Rocha and James Conran, who announced their engagement days ago, plan to marry in three months in Paris. The dress is already being made, though Rocha wouldn't say whether it was one of her own designs — like her Grammy dress — or if she'd asked one of her many designer clients to do that duty. [FWD]
  • Why are Carine Roitfeld and Vogue Paris banned from the Balenciaga show? Roitfeld says the house also refuses to lend the magazine samples for shoots and no longer advertises in its pages. Why? "Ask them," she shrugged. Balenciaga wouldn't comment. [WWD]
  • Balenciaga's collection was futuristic and used some high-tech fabrics. [WSJ]
  • No photographs will be permitted at the Alexander McQueen showroom next week, when the fall/winter line will be presented to small groups of editors. The label's usual runway show was canceled following McQueen's suicide. [@BinkleyOnStyle]
  • McQueen has posthumously won a design award for his Spring-Summer 2010 collection — the collection of the "armadillo" heels. [Independent]
  • Interestingly enough, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga topped the list of most-"buzzed"-about brands at Paris fashion week. We'd love to know how online "buzz" is quantified. [WSJ]
  • Danny Glover has sent a letter to all the Academy Award nominees and presenters asking them to not wear Hugo Boss at the Oscars. Glover is upset that the company plans to close its Cleveland factory, which employs around 300 people, and move production to lower-wage countries in Eastern Europe or Turkey. Hugo Boss did not respond to Glover's letter directly, but did say that the facility, which was marked for closure last December, is not "globally competitive." [TheWrap]
  • Today through March 14, you can bring any pair of worn out jeans to any Gap store nationwide and receive 30% off your purchase. The old denim will be recycled into housing insulation. [WWD]
  • Daisy Lowe's campaign for the newest Takashi Murakami-Louis Vuitton handbag venture, Cosmic Blossoms, looks...kinda bad. [CatwalkQueen]
  • There is speculation that the French actress Melanie Thierry will front the next Yves Saint Laurent women's fragrance, due out later this year. A spokesperson for the company would not comment. [WWD]
  • This doesn't sound good. Since Martin Margiela and Diesel's last creative director have left the company, owner Renzo Rosso "has replaced them with unknown teams that rank lower in the brands' hierarchy than business executives. The new creative director at Diesel is a magazine editor, not a clothing designer. Mr. Rosso believes his brands need trend-spotters more than someone who can craft a hemline." [WSJ]
  • Tom Ford's return to women's wear is said to be imminent. The rumor mill indicates that Ford has been quietly headhunting talent for the creative team during the European shows. [WWD]
  • "I'll design something fun and outrageous and Vegas-style for her," says Richie Rich of Pamela Anderson's Dancing With The Stars wardrobe. In case you were in any doubt. "It's the Ice Capades meets Christmas. Gotta be over-the-top, shiny, sparkly, colorful and fun. Pamela doesn't like wearing clothes, so it'll definitely be skin, skin, skin." Richie Rich toured with the Ice Capades, so he knows whereof he speaks. [NYDN]
  • Bergdorf's now has a children's department, where Little Precious Darling Muffie St. John can get mommy to buy her all the Junior Gaultier and Baby Dior her heart desires. [FWD]
  • Viktor and Rolf are basing their whole fall collection on the 90s supermodel Kristen McMenamy. She looks like a superhero in this behind-the-scenes picture, so you can kinda see why. [WWD]
  • Phillip Lim: "My parents were immigrants. They saw success as doctor, lawyer or engineer. My mother was a seamstress, so making clothes was not something you would willingly go into." And he made good! If you want to see pictures of his SoHo 1-bedroom, the Times has those, too. [NYTimes]
  • Both Aquascutum's head men's and women's wear designers have stepped down abruptly. The troubled British label nearly was bankrupted last year, but was bought at the last minute from its Japanese owners by Jaeger head Harold Tillman and Aquascutum's own chief executive, Belinda Earl. Earl says the designers will be replaced "in due course." [WWD]
  • Jason Wu, the man who ordered Domino's on the night Michelle Obama wore his gown to the inaugural ball, also loves ramen. And the New York pharmacy chain Duane Reade: "I love The Reade! Did you know that Walgreens just bought them? I don't really know how I know these things. I just always pick up these little tidbits and facts." [FWD]
  • A self-described "yoga-addicted marathon runner" journalist worked out with Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition covergirl Brooklyn Decker, 22, and got her ass kicked. Who says things like, "Oooh, medicine balls!" Decker, apparently. [VF]
  • Carla Bruni's magnificent blue-green dress that she wore to a state dinner earlier this week was by Roland Mouret. She has ordered three more garments from the designer. [Telegraph]
  • Someone call Erin Wasson! A homeless man in the Chinese city of Ningbo has drawn a large online following for his style. Bloggers who praise him for his "sexy" manner and who have nicknamed him "Brother Sharp" are apparently undeterred by the fact that, when approached, the man acts mentally disturbed and sometimes cries out without speaking. [Independent]
  • Coach is suing K-Mart for alleged copyright infringement for producing luggage with an interlocking "C" print too close to its own. [Crain's]
  • Urban Outfitters is entering the bridal market, under an as-yet-unnamed brand. The Anthropologie creative team — and "guest designers" — will be responsible for the designs, which will be sold at first only over the Internet. [WWD]
  • Australian underwear brand AussieBum is offering men's undies in a fabric that is 27% banana fiber. [Reuters]
  • Abercrombie & Fitch finally got some good news. Sales rose 16% on last year's results during the month of February. Its shares jumped 10% in response. Abercrombie has weathered a year and a half of declining monthly comps that had some wondering about its survival. [Forbes]
  • Avedon muse, editor, and industrious home sewer China Machado is 74. And still totally bad-ass. This story reveals she is publishing a memoir. [W]
  • We have fallen more in love than we thought possible with André Leon Talley following his conversion to Twitter. That is all. "Rachel Maddow is the best investigative journalist on television. Her report on Bart Stupak just now was amazing." [@OfficialALT]