Tom Ford Thinks A Lot About Fat Women And Their Rolls Of Fatty FatS

  • Tom Ford, a man who immobilized his forehead with Botox, thinks people should go naked. Especially, well... "Fat women almost always look better without the constraint and lumpy pinching of clothes, all the straps and elastic squeezing and sucking." [ContactMusic]
  • In potentially related news, Botox may make you fat. [Daily Mail]
  • According to a former member of the Calabrian mafia who is promoting a book, Gianni Versace was murdered by the serial killer Andrew Cunanan because of debts he owed to organized crime figures. Furthermore, the Versace business was laundering money for the mob. [Telegraph]
  • Wal-Mart's sex-discrimination lawsuit will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. If the justices affirm the lower court's ruling that the lawsuit can go to trial as a class-action, it will be the largest class-action lawsuit in American legal history. Six plaintiffs sued in 2001, alleging that Wal-Mart, the nation's largest employer, engaged in systematic sex-based discrimination. Wal-Mart wants every woman employee who wishes to sue to have to do so individually. [WWD]
  • Lady Gaga and Giorgio Armani — who pays Gaga to wear his clothes — finally met in person. And Anna Dello Russo was there to document it. The fashion editor, who actually dressed up like the singer for Halloween, also gave Gaga a doll she made to look like her. [Styleite]
  • Also into making dolls? Sasha Pivovarova. [T]
  • Carla Bruni-Sarkozy prayed for a son with the French president while on a state tour of India. [Telegraph]
  • Horrible person Vitaly Borker of terrible website DecorMyEyes.com has been arrested for stalking, harassment, dealing in counterfeit merchandise, mail fraud, and wire fraud. Borker had sought to up his Google ranking by becoming notorious for bad customer service; after the New York Times covered him, Google fixed its ranking algorithm to differentiate between positive and negative mentions. Borker once told a customer who tried to reverse credit card charges for an allegedly counterfeit pair of eyeglass frames, "Do the right thing and everyone goes away. I AM WATCHING YOU!" The email was accompanied by a picture of her residence. [WWD]
  • An enormous red floral choker made the January cover of British Vogue. Attached to it is the actress Keira Knightley. [Vogue UK]
  • Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon apparently expected that when Interview magazine hired Terry Richardson to shoot her naked on a couch, with a cat over her crotch, the picture wouldn't get any attention beyond the "niche" audience of Interview magazine. In other news, Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon does not realize the Internet exists. [Slate]
  • Sarah Jessica Parker says, of her involvement with the Halston Heritage clothing line, "The people who've been good to me because of Carrie — that's lovely. But I don't think I should hang my hat on that. I owe a woman much more; that's why, honestly, a poorly sewn dress is not acceptable. If she's going to put down 400 hard-earned dollars because of how she feels about me, I owe her something worth her money." [ContactMusic]
  • Patti Hansen hasn't read her husband Keith Richards' highly praised memoir, Life, yet. "After 30 years of marriage, you kind of figure you know the story. I've got it on my Kindle. It's a little tough. There's some things…like him having sex with Anita [Pallenberg] and then smelling the orange? Man, it breaks your heart a little. You don't want to read that." [WWD]
  • Jeggings: A Horrible Trend That Shows No Sign Of Easing. [USAToday]
  • Collectors of Isabella Blow trivia will no doubt find this lengthy interview of Detmar Blow informative, with the necessary caveats in mind. We couldn't get through it. [Fashionista]
  • Miuccia Prada presented the Turner Prize to Susan Philipsz. Philipsz won for a sound installation, and is the first aural artist to receive the award. [Vogue UK]
  • Oh, the life of a renowned designer of high-priced high heels. Christian Louboutin can't even get a moment's peace at Art Basel Miami — it's always women mobbing him, wherever he goes! [P6]
  • After unprecedented industrial action by Indian garment workers, India's government has agreed to cap cotton exports. Workers wanted a limit on exports to ease a domestic cotton shortage and help drive down domestic cotton prices, which have skyrocketed. [WWD]
  • Pete Doherty, who was the world's most famous crack addict for most of 2007, is very proud of the jewelry collaboration he admitted doing to make "a few quid." The cheapest item, a set of cufflinks, will set you back around $663; the most expensive is a $13,600 rose gold ring. "It's just a shame I can't afford to buy them myself," Doherty says of his baubles. "They cost a fortune." [WWD]
  • Linda Evangelista and Peter Morton, the billionaire founder of the Hard Rock Café chain, are dating again. They began a relationship in 2006, which ended last summer, but reconciled at Art Basel Miami. Awwww. [P6]
  • Christy Turlington: "I started my career so young, but I didn't have a sense of what my career would be, and I didn't expect that the career I had was going to be a career, per se. It took me a little while before I was then able to take the time to figure out, ‘Wait, what do I really want to do?'" [Fashionista]
  • Model Emily Senko, on walking for Chanel: "It was the closest I will ever be to living inside of a snow globe. It was absolute magic; a beautiful Chanel world lead [sic] by a kind and benevolent ruler: Mr. Lagerfeld." [WWD]
  • Simon Doonan guest-judged an episode of Iron Chef with, um, Debi Mazar. He said, "I can hardly concentrate on what they're doing because this is such an insane spectacle. It sure beats the hell out of the average runway show." [Eater]
  • Five Easy Pieces, meet Five Perfect Trousers. "There is no shortcut to making an excellent pair of trousers, which is what makes them so rare," Céline says of its capsule collection of pants. "It takes a commitment to technique, a deep knowledge of tailoring and understanding of how to elongate differing female body-alignments. Then, there is the critical element: the fashion informed judgement which makes a proportion right, so it synchs effortlessly with a shoe, a top, a jacket for today." But as Sally Singer once said, "People think that if they buy classics — a trench coat, or a V-neck sweater or a great pair of flat boots — they're safe because they've invested in things that are gonna last 20 years. But within six months, it's the wrong V-neck or the wrong flat boot, because suddenly the line is wrong...The fastest things to date are those classics, cause it's just proportions laid bare." [Vogue UK]
  • Hairstylist Didier Malige, on starting off doing photo shoots in Paris in the 1960s: "You used to go to the studio, you did the hair, and you left! They were using a lot of hairspray, doing up-dos, nothing was really moving, so there was nothing more to do once you set the hair. And at the time also the models were more agile with the hair — they could correct it themselves. It was not as precise as it is now; it was a less controlled environment." [Into The Gloss]
  • Juicy Couture co-founders Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor say they are hard at work on a new line — set to début just as soon as the non-compete clauses in their contracts with Liz Claiborne, which now owns their old brand, expire. Reports Women's Wear Daily: "'It will reflect the way we dress now,' said Skaist-Levy, who was dressed in a vintage Dior full-skirted houndstooth frock at a recent ladies lunch. 'We have outgrown our track suits and grown up.' In addition to a myriad of vintage pieces, Skaist-Levy and Nash-Taylor also favor furry jackets and vests by Lanvin and Burberry, black leather pants and leggings, and sky-high heels. No doubt a seamstress is hard at work stitching up some posh-meets-rocker samples for an imminent debut." [WWD]
  • Bruce Oldfield is having a sample sale this week in London. Which is sure to be mobbed given the rumors that he's designing Kate Middleton's wedding dress. [Vogue UK]
  • The makeup artist Bobbi Brown is opening a gym. [StyleList]