Sex And The City Full Of Expensive Shit; Lady Gaga Wants Fashion Internship

  • Karen Elson: "In fashion I can't ever truly be myself. What music brought out in me is gigantic. The first time I played Jack one of my songs, I just cried." [Blackbook]
  • Sleep in Beyoncé's bed(ding) these holidays for the low, low price of only $149.99-$199.99. [People]
  • God, even Kate Moss looks bored by the clothes in her latest Topshop collection ad. [The Cut]
  • An Albert Watson-shot contact sheet of the supermodel nude at age 19 could fetch 30,000 pounds at auction. [Sun]
  • Matthew Williamson says the inspiration for his famous peacock print came from a Japanese woodblock print he came upon while traveling. [Telegraph]
  • Hey, Vena Cava? We need that book Dad Dates: Celebrities (And Other Talented Types) Reveal Their Worst Nights Out for the Jezebel offices. Thanks! [Refinery29]
  • Maria Cornejo has a swimwear line! The headless models don't exactly inspire the urge to spend, though. [Style.com]
  • Calvin Klein creative director Francisco Costa, who made both a black version and a white version of Lady Gaga's recent lampshade-with-leggings look, says he was inspired by the shape of a silkworm cocoon. The outfit "definitely had bondage references, but still retained an almost mystical air of lightness to it," says Costa. Love that "almost." [People]
  • Meanwhile, Lady Gaga has applied for an internship with milliner Philip Treacy. His people say nothing is confirmed yet. Like they're going to turn down Gaga. [Vogue UK]
  • Maggie Rizer, on the difficulties of finding a wedding dress after having worked in fashion for a decade: "I was kind of freaking out because in my mind I've worn all the most amazing dresses in the world and I didn't think I was going to find something that lived up to those, something I was going to be excited about. That was my problem, I wanted to be really excited and I couldn't get excited about any of them because I was like 'Yeah, it's a dress.'" [FabSugar]
  • Former French Vogue editor Joan Juliet Buck had to miss her own American Folk Art Museum fundraiser pre-party because a more urgent need arose: Buck left a note that read, "I am performing 'La Vie Materielle,' adapted from Marguerite Duras and directed by Irina Brook...We are performing for an audience of producers and directors in Hudson, NY — a last-minute command performance of the sold-out show we did in March at La Mama. This was an unforeseen opportunity for backing and I could not let my ensemble down." Oh, you know those theater types. [P6]
  • According to some dude who blogs for the New York Daily News, the show was about "women who lay bare their souls while making soup." You may also have noticed Buck when she played the mean cooking school lady in Julie & Julia. [NYDN]
  • Lou Doillon took a Lomo camera to EuroDisney, and the results are included in a gallery show in Paris. [WWD]
  • And in a (presumably) unrelated fashion/Disney Inc. crossover, M.A.C. is creating a "limited-edition" makeup palette featuring Disney characters, though we're not yet allowed to know which ones. [WWD]
  • Christine Staub, daughter of Danielle Staub from that show, made a splash last season when she was given a cover of the Daily. (The Daily, produced by IMG — which in addition to organizing fashion week, is also Staub's agency — is like fashion week's bubbly, snarky enabler in periodical form.) They headlined her "America's Next Beauty." And it doesn't seem she's worked since. [DFR]
  • Perpetually orange designer Michael Kors is opening a boutique in the Hamptons. [WWD]
  • Balenciaga is opening in the Hamptons, too! This summer, any beach denizen in dire need of either a $2,600 leather jacket or a $3,000 jersey dress will be so totally sorted. [WWD]
  • Sir Philip Green, the owner of Topshop, loves his 9-year-old Nokia phone. It has no e-mail, no camera, and no color display. He has bought the entire backstock because the model is discontinued. [P6]
  • For the first six months of 2010, most ladymags are up in ad pages, at least compared with the first half of '09. (Which was such a banner year for advertising things in magazines! Oh, wait.) Most are down compared with the first half of '08. (Which actually was a peak year for magazine ads.) Of the major titles, W was the only one that actually performed worse than last year, and Glamour was flat. Vogue, Allure, Lucky and Elle were all up between 2-8%. [WWD]
  • American Apparel held an open afternoon for job seekers yesterday in downtown New York. We wonder how many qualified candidates they turned away because of their weight or looks. [Racked]
  • Who says couture is dying? Couture week just invited designer Bouchra Jarrar to show on the official schedule. Jarrar showed off-season in January, and was just nominated for the ANDAM award; previously, she worked at Balenciaga and Christian Lacroix. [WWD]
  • Just Say No To The Rise Of Grown-Up Emo, Kids. [ToL]
  • Yves Saint Laurent, like Chanel and Dior, will show its cruise collection this season away from its home base. Stefano Pilati envisions a "small-scale...intimate" show at the Consulate General of France in New York. [WWD]
  • Saks Fifth Avenue made $18.8 million during the first quarter. The retailer recently had to close or announce plans to close numerous stores, including outlets in Portland and San Diego. [Crain's]
  • Estée Lauder is buying Smashbox, for an estimated $200-$300 million. [WWD]
  • Abercrombie & Fitch lost a comparatively modest $11.8 million this quarter. It lost nearly $60 million during the same period last year. [AP]
  • If you thought there was no corner of this earth where one could not waltz into a Gap and buy $30 tank tops and $50 jeans and $90 Pierre Hardy wedges in sandy neutrals, think again: apparently Italy fell into a company blindspot. Until now. This year, Milan is getting both a Gap and a Banana Republic, and the company plans a roll-out to Rome and other cities next year. [WWD]
  • Stores including J.C. Penney and Wal-Mart are still putting worn, returned underwear back out on the sales floor. Have a nice day! [StyleList]