Chanel Couture Inspires Witty Celebrity Banter

  • Jessica Alba was so impressed by the 40-foot-tall lion at the Chanel show that she kept taking pictures of it. Anna Mouglalis said, "I feel like I'm inAlice in Wonderland!" Meanwhile, Beirut is "where it's all happening right now." [WWD]
  • Givenchy down-sized to a presentation of ten couture looks, shown on dress forms, this season. (In future, Givenchy haute couture will only be shown by appointment, to clients.) Cathy Horyn loved it anyway. [On The Runway]
  • And here's news from Derek Blasberg's Paris book party: "Being classy is not taking yourself too seriously and combining that with a sense of style and a sense of humor," says Leighton Meester. "I love using my brain," says Lily Cole. [WWD]
  • A bed bug exterminator who worked on the New York Hollister store says the problem, on a scale of 1 to 10, was a 10. "This is the nightmare being realized," he says. [The Cut]
  • "We take this problem very seriously," said a spokesperson for Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister's parent company and co-afflictee. [WWD]
  • Models: They work out, and they diet. Few, if any of them, actually subsist on McDonalds like all the time. More at 11! [Blackbook]
  • "I really hate this idea that you have to change your wardrobe every six months — that's bullshit," says Christophe Lemaire, formerly of Lacoste, and newly of Hermès. "I love music, but I'm just tired of this superficial rock-and-roll thing in fashion. I think being transgressive today is being classical. To pretend to dress as a punk and take cocaine and have sex orgies has just become common now — there's nothing transgressive about that. The fashion pages, like Purple magazine, are just a joke...It's just very artificial. They pretend to rebel and revolt when really they are a victim of the system more than anyone." [The Cut]
  • Annie Leibovitz shot the new campaign for Hickey Freeman, the 111-year-old men's wear brand saved from bankruptcy last year. [WWD]
  • Sometimes you think Karl Lagerfeld, for all his arch-conservatism, weird obsessive-compulsive relationship with technology, and dependence on wig powder, is basically blessed with an unerring sense of aesthetics. Like a pigeon always knows the earth's magnetic field, the Kaiser knows taste. Then you see he styled Claudia Schiffer as Frida Kahlo for German Vogue and you think again. [ONTD]
  • Here's a trailer for the third season of that reality show Rachel Zoe makes! And that person called Taylor is not in it! This is not news! [NYPost]
  • Four of five men charged in Britain's biggest diamond heist, the £40 million robbery of the London Graff store, have been found guilty. (A fifth, who claimed he was forced to take part, will be retried after his trial ended in a hung jury.) Of the men who were convicted, all were low-level drug-dealers. One was named "Thomas Thomas." Several lived at home. Of one, a neighbor said, "He'd point an imaginary pistol at us with his fingers, say ‘aye' a lot and try to sound like a drug baron off The Wire. But all his macho posturing was really quite ridiculous because he was still living with his mum and dad, and wasn't doing much more than peddling a bit of puff on the side." [Telegraph]
  • Meanwhile, police say they are unlikely to recover any of the 1,500 diamonds stolen during the raid. The jewelry taken has likely already been broken up and smuggled out of the country. When the robbers left the store, they handed a black plastic bag full of diamonds to a waiting motorcyclist. The motorcyclist has never been identified. [Telegraph]
  • Scarlett Johanson is still shilling for Mango and each of its monthly deliveries. [ONTD]
  • Repetto and Comme des Garçons made some cap-toe ballet flats. [Telegraph]
  • More people browsed in sweet, air-conditioned stores to escape the East Coast heatwave these past few days. Some of them bought things. Retailers are perfecting their weather-control death-ray as we speak. [WWD]
  • Lee redesigned the boxes for its skinny jeans into something that looks like a skinny leg. [TLF]
  • New York City residents throw away 190,000 pounds of textiles and clothing each year — and that all can't be due just to H&M's profligacy. The city is launching a new clothing recycling network, with the aim of making donating used clothing as easy as binning it. [AP]
  • Should you be interested in buying your very own fashion house, may we suggest the bankrupt Gianfranco Ferré? Administrators just extended the deadline for offers until August 2. One caveat: your business plan must include continuing the label. [WWD]
  • Manhattan's first Target is a Big Fucking Deal. The store, located in Harlem, will be selling swimwear and clothing designed by local residents like Isabel Toledo. Five per cent of the proceeds from these items will go to local non-profits. [Refinery29]
  • L'Occitane, which listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange in May, had sales that rose 13.9% in the year ended March 31. [WWD]
  • Burberry made £1280 million last year, up 7% on the previous year. [Vogue UK]
  • Marks & Spencer's sales rose 4.4% in the last quarter. [WWD]
  • Here are pictures of clothing made from food. Chanel beef jerky, you look delicious. [Urlesque]