Mary J. Blige's Record-Shattering Perfume Launch

  • If you are a celebrity looking to distill your smelly essence into a trademarked blend of volatile organic compounds and sell it for a disgusting profit, be like Mary J. Blige. In six hours, Blige moved 60,000 units. [People]
  • Women's Wear Daily live-tweeted it. Shit was edge-of-your seat. One highlight: "Naomi Campbell is calling into HSN to wish Mary well..." [@womensweardaily]
  • Are you taking notes, Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom? [Eonline]
  • Speaking of Naomi Campbell, her request for accommodations normally granted to witnesses of atrocities has been partly granted by the international criminal court for Sierra Leone in the Hague. Although the media have been barred from filming or photographing Campbell's arrival or departure from the courthouse, her testimony will be filmed by the court, like all witnesses'. The court has yet to rule on accused war criminal Charles Taylor's defense lawyers' motion to delay Campbell's testimony. [NYPost]
  • Jessica Simpson made the September cover of Lucky. [PopSugar]
  • Marc Ecko Cut & Sew — his more-expensive street wear brand — booked a very special model for its fall campaign: Lindsay Lohan. [WWD]
  • Marc Jacobs' business partner Robert Duffy has been in charge of the company Twitter account for the past few days, and he's been talking plus sizes. "I'm a big guy 6'4" 210 lbs. Not easy for me to find clothes. Of course I can have them made.I know how everyone feels.I try to diet but...." he Tweeted on August 2. This kicked off quite the conversation. "Your right," he continued. "We gotta do larger sizes. I'm with you. As soon as I get back to NY. I'm on it! It will take me about a year. But stay with us." And then: "I don't like the phrase Plus Sizes. Any suggestions?" At that point, someone helpfully alerted him to the fit problems of the very thin (life! it's just like a Jezebel comment thread!) and he replied: "Being really small has it's own set of problems.We can't please everyone. I'm trying.And loving it.Problem solving is a big part of our job." Then, as promised, yesterday he wrote, "Listen, we are in the very beginning stages of talking to a partner about plus sizes. Relax. It won't be based on the collection line." [@MarcJacobsInt]
  • In other Marc Jacobs news, the Bookmarc store that replaces the old Biography Books in the West Village opens September 15, which is also the day of the brand's spring/summer 2011 fashion show. [Thread]
  • Macy's warmly welcomed Madonna.....'s fans yesterday, at the launch of her clothing line. Seriously. Madonna and Lourdes couldn't even bother to come to the launch of the product that has already made them $20 million? They sent Taylor Momsen instead, which is like when the barista slips you decaf. [WWD]
  • Liv Tyler: "I know what people look like, and I see what pictures look like before they're airbrushed — my own and those of my friends — and every image is so manipulated." Tyler says she finds imperfections "charming and beautiful." [Contactmusic]
  • Dude we are so marking our calendars for this: "...an event at the Standard New York, Target Kaleidoscopic Fashion Spectacular, that will be part light show, part runway show and part dance theater. The hotel's southern facade will be illuminated as 66 dancers in 155 rooms perform a piece of choreography synchronized with fast-paced lighting patterns and set to a music score. The dancers will be dressed in fall styles from Mossimo, Merona, Converse One Star, Xhilaration, Pure Energy and Liz Lange. At the same time they're dancing, a simultaneous presentation will take place in the street, with models appearing in a nine-room stage that replicates the hotel's notorious windows. The entire event will be broadcast via live-stream on Target's Facebook page." [WWD]
  • Coco Rocha and James Conran's honeymoon in Corsica: read about this only if you want to become insanely jealous. [HuffPo]
  • Terry Richardson is still working for Diane von Furstenberg. He shot model Elisa Sednaoui astride a globe for the brand's fall campaign. [Design Scene]
  • After a model took her Transformers gig, Megan Fox decided to get herself a modeling contract. Behold the new face of Armani cosmetics. [WWD]
  • Elle style director and street-style blogger favorite Kate Lanphear shares her personal style aesthetic: "Is it clean?" [The Cut]
  • Condé Nast is totally moving from its Times Square headquarters to 1 World Trade Center when the building is complete, in 2014. [WWD]
  • Yesterday, ABS by Allen Schwartz introduced knock-off versions of both Chelsea Clinton's Vera Wang wedding dress, and Hillary Clinton's Oscar de la Renta MOB get-up. [TDB]
  • Blind item! "Which personal style bloggers got into a tiff over seating arrangements at a fancy dinner? Too bad it wasn't caught on the free glitter flipcams." [Fashionista]
  • A three-year investigation into eight stores in the San Francisco bay area led to the seizure of over $100 million worth of counterfeit handbags, sunglasses, watches, scarves, and apparel. [AP]
  • "Men are idiots…especially if you're a strong woman and you say what you want and you say what you mean….It takes a very confident and ballsy man to try to date me," said Ke$ha, at an event that had something to do with watches. [WWD]
  • Add Hollister to the elite list of brands (American Apparel! Abercrombie! Prada!) with hiring guidelines for employee hotness. "We held constant meetings to review how attractive our kids were. The district managers were obsessed with hiring kids that teenagers wanted to emulate," says one former Hollister manager. "More store hours were spent recruiting hotties than actually training people to work. The better looking the 'model' that we hired, the less work they would actually have to do." [Gawker]
  • Erin Wasson, on posing in a bikini for H&M: "I didn't do shit. I want to say I work out, and I don't want to be that a—hole who doesn't do anything. But, no. I got lucky because I came to St. Barts with a tan because I was in Hawaii for my birthday two weeks before the job." [StyleList]
  • So, brand authenticity is intuitive and luxury companies are just manipulating our weak, attachment-forming human brains. [Wired]
  • This 1998 "interview" with Daria Morgendorffer is pure gold. "I believe fashion has a very important role in society, allowing us to capture the attention of potential sexual partners while signaling our social status to potential sexual rivals. It serves roughly the same function as the brightly colored pads on a mandrill's buttocks." [WWD]