Karl And Claudia Do Blackface; Rihanna Might Book D&G

  • According to the Mirror, Dolce & Gabbana wants Rihanna for a campaign. But they've already got Madonna, and next season's ads have been shot, so we doubt this rumor is true. [Mirror]
  • Diane Kruger might have a special relationship with Karl, but it's Hugo Boss whose boat she christened. (Why Hugo Boss has a boat is beyond us.) [WWD]
  • Olivier Theyskens has noticed that fashion has made "a real improvement in the manufacturing of products for everybody." This is what motivated the famously fancy designer to team up with Theory for a capsule collection. "I have felt these last few months a growing distance within myself between where I want to go and where I'm coming from," explained the Belgian. "I feel this is a very logical fit with what I've been looking for." [WWD]
  • Elizabeth & James sunglasses: they're here. [Elle UK]
  • Louis Vuitton made a special trophy case for the soccer World Cup. Naomi Campbell's gloved hands installed the trophy in the case. [Reuters]
  • In other odd container news, Chanel has put out a clear plastic purse with markings that suggest a cassette tape. No word on how much it costs, or how much music you could buy for the same price. UPDATE: Apparently this is not, in fact, news. [TLF]
  • Charlie Sheen has been dropped as a face of Hanes. Still on board is Michael Jordan. The company says Sheen "delivered a great comedic performance," but claimed the decision to replace him pre-dated his felony assault charges. [NYTimes]
  • The MAXXI museum in Rome, partially sponsored by Fendi and designed by Zaha Hadid, has opened. [WWD]
  • John Galliano may be playing himself in the Isabella Blow biopic being made, but Philip Treacy has no such intention. "I am trying desperately to forget that someone will actually have to play me in this film," says the milliner. "I would never want to appear in it myself — I am a hat designer not an actor. Acting isn't my forte. If I could pick anyone I'd run with Brad Pitt but it's wishful thinking and perhaps not very likely I know." [Vogue UK]
  • Knocking off the bag is one thing, but knocking off the campaign that advertises the bag adds that special level of brazen-ness that thrives on Seventh Avenue. [Fashionista]
  • Lacoste is looking for a new creative director, following Christophe Lemaire's announcement that he intends to decamp for Hermès. The company's biggest market is North America, so execs say they are looking for someone with a strong understanding of the region. [WWD]
  • The fact that Cheryl Cole is wearing hair extensions in her L'Oréal ads is no big deal, says the U.K. Advertising Standards Authority. [Independent]
  • Illustrator and blogger Danny Roberts, 24, has a line of t-shirts coming out at Forever 21. The t-shirts will feature images from his ongoing series of portraits of bloggers he admires. [WWD]
  • Rodarte designed a capsule collection of interior furnishing textiles, each one named after an American author. The Emerson has already been added to the Cooper-Hewitt's permanent collection. [Racked]
  • Elle is still without a publisher. [WWD]
  • Just yesterday, Zara opened its first of three planned stores in India. Now, H&M has announced it will open a 25,000 square foot store in Turkey this November. [WWD]
  • If you're ever flying through Gatwick, take a moment to be photographed in one of their Storm-partnered model photo booths. You might get "discovered." [Vogue UK]
  • Terence Koh adopted a 3-month-old boy in China. He named his son Bei Bei. And chose to announce these facts on Olivier Zahm's blog. [Purple Diary]
  • A six-month study of New York's Garment District reveals that the area — though threatened with re-zoning that would encourage development — is not struggling as much as had been believed. The Garment District is home to 846 apparel companies, which is more than the number headquartered in Milan, Paris and London, put together. New York: Good place to start your line. [WWD]
  • Speaking of which, Alex Wang is adding another line to his sheaf. As-yet unnamed, but set to launch later this year, the sub-brand will be comprised of "essentials." [WWD]
  • Apparently, Jennifer Hudson's favorite website, Bag, Borrow or Steal changed its name to Avelle in 2008. Seems like a great move that had brought them much success. [Fashionista]
  • Uniqlo has reversed two months of declining year-on-year same-store sales. May's comps were up 3.1%. [WWD]
  • Allegedly, Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom went shopping at Bergdorf's and she tried on like sooooo many shoes that he was like, OMG, Miranda, we've been here all day, enough already, and then he went to get a cup of coffee and she like totally had to calm him down. Shoes. Allegedly. [P6]