Jessica Szohr Books Wal-Mart Campaign; Agyness Acts

  • Whippersnappers from that show about the tragic lives of children with money, and that other show about the never-ending busywork of high school performing arts, are in the new campaign for the Wal-Mart brand OP. [People]
  • They've kept this quiet: Agyness Deyn plays Aphrodite in Clash Of The Titans. A clip of fellow supermodel Natalia Vodianova as Medusa was released last week, but there's nary a photo of Agyness in the role. [Fashionologie]
  • Thandie Newton is set to be the next face of Olay. [Sun]
  • Oh, look: H&M, the company that underwrites Terry Richardson's depredations, slashes and throws out unworn clothing to avoid giving it to the needy, and whose suppliers' factories ever so occasionally burn down with workers inside, shot a video of a bunch of H&M-clad kids dancing in San Francisco's Union Square. Cute. [Brandfreak]
  • Anna Wintour threw a party in New York to celebrate her young designer compatriots. [Telegraph]
  • Erdem Moralioglu has been named the winner of the first-ever British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund prize. He takes home just over $300,000, and a year-long mentoring program. [WWD]
  • The event that brought Karl Lagerfeld himself to New York last week, where he bragged to André Leon Talley about how much couture he sells and was spotted taking pictures from a crane on the Lower East Side, was Chanel's fall-winter campaign shoot. Which means Abbey Lee Kershaw is set to be the next face of Chanel. [News.com.au]
  • Half of Latoya Jackson's face, and neither of her gloved hands, can be seen in this German ad for hand cream. The cream costs $230 a pottle and contains "diamond powder, malachite, shea butter, peptides and more." [WWD]
  • Donatella Versace dropped nearly $5,000 in ten minutes on sunglasses in New York. No wonder the company's in trouble. [P6]
  • "Today, I dropped my daughters off at school, went to Pilates, cross-country skied, and now I'm working from home. My wildest dreams actually manifested — I met somebody that I wanted to marry and had kids. I'm finding such satisfaction and pleasure with the simple things. I really paid my dues and damn it, I deserve it." Nineties supermodel (and Mickey Rourke ex) Carre Otis on daily life in Colorado. [W]
  • This year's Gen Art film festival features a movie called Tanner Hall, which is co-written and co-directed by Tatiana von Furstenberg. Diane did the costumes. [FWD]
  • DVF is getting back into the eyewear licensing game. Her new sunglasses collection is now in stores. [Stylelist]
  • Hermès designed a $9,100 saddle with a carbon fiber core. [WWD]
  • Somewhat horse-related: a couple of the dresses the late Anna Nicole Smith wore to the Kentucky Derby will be displayed at the Kentucky Derby museum this season. We'll raise a mint julep to that. [AP]
  • Jason Wu talks about his inspiration for his fall collection — the photographer Irving Penn — in this one-minute video. [W]
  • The accessories brand Kipling will soon be sold at Macy's. [WWD]
  • With Americans getting taller, specialty stores for petite men are suffering. Except in Hollywood, where there are actors. [LATimes]
  • Brooklyn's long-rumored Barneys Co-op store is going ahead. The troubled department store says that its same-store sales were up 7% in January, 11% in February, and more than 20% in March, so far. [WWD]
  • Franklin & Marshall, a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, inspired two Italians to found a clothing line by the same name. (They had come across a well-worn college sweatshirt, but didn't realize F&M was a real school.) Now they have a licensing deal and the college realizes revenues large enough to fund a scholarship. [AP]
  • Ann Taylor's efforts to crawl back up to fashion respectability continue: the brand booked Karen Elson for its fall lookbook. Does this signal a campaign? In any case, it was a good move; she makes everything look fantastic. [Refinery29]
  • When we wrote a few months back that Crocs could make more out of its patented material, Croslite, we meant that perhaps the company could highlight how cool it is that it's lightweight, durable, doesn't absorb moisture or odors, and conforms to the shape of the wearer's foot over time. Not that Crocs should invent a creepy mascot that looks like a foot-fetishist booger, and display its horrific physical aspect on billboards. [The Cut]
  • A Hello Kitty watch with a face of pavé artificial diamonds that light up like a digital display will set you back $620-$800. Did we just find out what Nick is gonna get Mariah for Christmas? [Luxist]