Ellen & Rihanna Rule Advertising; Wintour Gets Lift Down Stairs At Som Show

  • AdAge reports that Ellen DeGeneres and Rihanna are the female celebrities most likely to make consumers stop and pay attention to their ads. The product in top-scorer Ellen's CoverGirl ad was apparently recommended by 30% of readers. [AdAge]
  • French model Tom Nicon's death is believed to have been a suicide. "Tom was with us on Friday morning for a final show fitting," says Donatella Versace. "He seemed fine and calm. He had already done three or four shows with us and he was a sweet boy. I just can't understand why he did what he did. We would never have thought he would do something like this. When we heard the news we were all so upset and we still are all so very sad." Ambrose Olsen, Daul Kim, and Ruslana Korshunova are among the models who have killed themselves in the past two years. [Telegraph]
  • Givenchy is ending its couture collection. This summer, Riccardo Tisci will present a condensed collection of just 10 looks, and after that, Givenchy couture will be by appointment only for individual clients. Couture dresses are extremely expensive to make, and the market for couture has been shrinking. [Vogue UK]
  • Tisci nonetheless maintains that this is not a cost-cutting measure. "I want to make couture even more special than it is, and not just another catwalk show," says the designer. [WWD]
  • Nicholas Hoult, whom Tom Ford the director cast in his film A Single Man, will be the face of Tom Ford the designer's fall campaign. Freja Beha Erichsen joins him. [WWD]
  • Tim Gunn saw Anna Wintour getting carried down five flights of stairs after a Peter Som show: "I was with a colleague from Parsons, and we had been discussing the will-she-or-won't-she-take-the-elevator question, so we ran over to the elevator bay to see if Anna would deign to get on. She wasn't there. Then we looked over the stairway railing. And what did we see but Anna being carried down the stairs. The bodyguards had made a fireman's lock and were racing her from landing to landing. She was sitting on their crossed arms." [P6]
  • Mariah Carey's new perfume is to be called "Lollipop Bling." Why, did you think there were two words that together say "Mariah Carey" better than "Lollipop Bling"? (Maybe: we eagerly await the release of "Kittycat Glitter" and "Rainbow Octave.") [People]
  • Stella McCartney/Adidas is dressing player Caroline Wozniacki for Wimbledon. [Vogue UK]
  • Jimmy Choo: "I'm a perfectionist. I get angry and I lose my tempter, but only over shoes. My temper is very quick but there's never anything personal. If I lose my tempter with a member of staff, afterwards we'll go for a drink. Maybe I just love my shoes too much!" [Stuff]
  • Today in Horrifying Things: these Christian Dior logo contact lenses cost over $100 a pair. [TLF]
  • Vogue threatened to sue a local fashion show in Victoria, Canada, for calling itself "Victoria Fashion's Night Out." As everyone who spilled watery cocktails on their shoes whilst trying to glimpse the Olsen twins "bartending" last September knows, "Fashion's Night Out" is a Vogue trademark. [VS]
  • Donna Karan: "If I can't lounge in it, sleep in it, or make love in it, I am not interested." [NYMag]
  • Holy blind item, Guy Trebay: "And while the social constraints of being female suggest that women who work in fashion don't get many opportunities to loosen their corsets (although there was that party in Paris one season, where one highly placed editor was spotted on the dance floor with her skirt above her head), the same cannot be said of their male counterparts." [NYTimes]
  • Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce are releasing three books this year, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the company they founded. "The three books embody our aesthetic and our passion for fashion and for men," say the designers. [HuffPo]
  • Annie Lennox played Dolce & Gabbana's men's wear show, and Suzy Menkes describes the collared shirts as "more sexual than clerical." [IHT]
  • Are you a comely, "all-American" youth looking for your A&F Quarterly ticket to fame? Bruce Weber will see you now. [Portfolio]
  • New editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi is done making staffing changes at W, he says. One formerly spurned photographer has been welcomed back to the fold: Terry Richardson, who last shot for the magazine for the November, 1996, issue has a 16-page editorial in the July W. Nice to know where Tonchi stands on sexual harassment. [Fashionologie]
  • The Council of Fashion Designers of America welcomed 25 new members last week, among them Lisa Axelson, of Ann Taylor, and Sophie Théallet, who won the CFDA's own Vogue Fashion Fund Award this year. [WWD]
  • Jonathan Saunders won Scottish Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards. Holly Fulton won the young designer award. [Telegraph]
  • Lulu Guinness collects vintage powder compacts. [Telegraph]
  • Vogue UK copywatch: "Susie Bubble, for her Style Bubble log." What do they call those newfangled things, web-logs? [Vogue UK]
  • Recently-revived Vionnet is launching a footwear collection, designed by Giuseppe Zanotti. [WWD]