Blake Lively For Chanel?

  • Blake Lively is rumored to be the face of an upcoming Chanel handbag campaign. [E!]
  • Having Linda Evangelista in its ads has apparently driven up Talbot's quarterly profits by 17%. [WWD]
  • Joan Rivers talked about her closet in a video. She says her ideal look these days is basically "a beaded burqa," because "I think Lady Gaga looks divine for Lady Gaga. But I don't want to dress like a toilet-paper cover." [Bluefly Closet Confessions]
  • Naomi Campbell was given a Special Recognition award at the British Fashion Awards last night. "Sorry I just got all teary, it's just overwhelming to be recognised in your own country, it's a huge privilege and it makes me feel very proud to be British," she said in her acceptance speech. "Women of colour are now far better represented — we still have a long way to go, but I'm very proud." She dedicated her prize to "my mum, who is sitting down there in the front row, and my partner — who puts up with a wild, wild woman!" Campbell and her Russian billionaire boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin, have been rumored to be getting married. But he's actually still legally married to his first wife. [Vogue UK]
  • Phoebe Philo of Céline took Designer of the Year, while Alexa Chung was given the award for British Style. [WWD]
  • Lara Stone was named Model of the Year. [Vogue UK]
  • Nick Knight directed a short film as a tribute to Alexander McQueen, who was given a posthumous award. The movie has a soundtrack by Björk and features black models wearing McQueen's clothes. [Vimeo]
  • Julianna Margulies is on the cover of January's Harper's Bazaar. [TFS]
  • John Galliano temporarily left Paris, in the middle of preparations for his January haute couture show, to go to New York to open a new Dior store on 57 St. He gave a long interview to Women's Wear Daily. When thinking about a new collection, especially couture, "I immerse myself in research. I travel geographically, historically. I create a muse. She can be fiction. She can be fact. She can be made up or a mix of different fabulous women that I know. I like to work with a narrative. The narrative then evolves. From there, sketching starts. And then I go straight on the body. We try to create volume and shapes and try to define the lines, especially if it's haute couture, we try to define the line. And then it's working very, very closely with the ateliers, hand-in-hand with the artists, fabric manufacturers, beaders, all those great artisans who exist in France. Then I don't know, before you see the final garment there could be up to 18 toiles before you reach the final, which can still be rough. Because in the true spirit of haute couture, the girls come in the night before and everything is fitted so you can't actually fit it any earlier." Also, he likes retail. Just not computers. "I didn't even know what e-commerce was until last week. I like the experience. I like to feel the fur, to smell the tweed." The example he gave of stellar customer service? Hermès. Which is funny, considering Dior is owned by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, the hostile-takeover-attempting conglomerate that Hermès is currently trying to shake loose. [WWD]
  • Chace Crawford, Liv Tyler and Natalie Portman are expected to attend the Dior opening. [P6]
  • Shopping online for the holidays? You may find this list of most-counterfeited brands helpful. Uggs come in at #1, followed by Coach and Tiffany's. [Consumerist]
  • Gisele Bündchen has a new kids' web series about saving the environment. [AOL Kids]
  • Jessica Stam was allegedly spotted making out with a college lacrosse player named Charlie Wiggins at a party. [P6]
  • At a party for the Sunglass Hut, which the fashion blogger Bryan Boy complained about having to fly to New York to attend, Bryan Boy explained that he makes a six figure income from his blogging, mainly through site advertising but also by charging appearance fees. He judged the Sunglass Hut's blogger competition for one such fee. [The Cut]
  • Vera Wang and Kohl's have signed a licensing agreement for a Vera Wang cosmetics line. It's expected to hit Kohl's stores in 2012. [WWD]
  • Tory Burch is opening its first store in the U.K. [Telegraph]
  • Meanwhile, Pierre Hardy opened its first store in the states. It has leather floors. [Racked]
  • Neiman Marcus' profits rose year-on-year from $8.5 million to $25.7 million during the first quarter. [WWD]
  • Shoes designer Patrick Cox takes his bulldog to a spa, where the bulldog is given doggie facials and doggie manicures. [Vogue UK]
  • In other pointless outlays one could make, Hermès is selling a gold-plated padlock with a pegasus on it for $220. [TLF]
  • A Miami man wants to auction off a 40-year-old pair of Queen Elizabeth II's underpants for $9,000. [TMZ]