Kate Moss Makes Out With Transsexual Model For LOVE

  • The first cover of LOVE's "androgyny" issue has dropped, and it features Kate Moss and Lea T., K-I-S-S-I-N-G. Hot. Brazilian Lea T., who was born male, was Riccardo Tisci's friend and assistant before he convinced her to begin modeling. [@THELOVEMAGAZINE]
  • I>Vogue Paris' February cover, Carine Roitfeld's second-to-last ever, features Lara Stone in a purple top and a red skirt, posing against a colorful background of flowers. [Fashionologie]
  • According to the Commerce Department's Consumer Price Index, during the month of December, apparel prices fell 1.1% compared with the same month last year. This is in line with long-term trends; Thanks to apparel production moving to progressively lower-wage economies, clothing is one of the few consumer items that is significantly cheaper now than it was 20, 30, and 40 years ago. [WWD]
  • Viktor & Rolf was really happy Natalie Portman wore one of their dresses to the Golden Globes, even if she picked an ugly one. "After seeing her performance in Black Swan, we were deeply moved and inspired by her range as an actress," explained one of the designers. [Vogue UK]
  • André Leon Talley thought Portman looked quite nice at the Globes. He also gave high marks to Tina Fey, Olivia Wilde, Sandra Bullock, and January Jones. He didn't like the padded shoulders on Anne Hathaway's dress, and called Angelina Jolie's "a bit of a matronly choice." Helena Bonham Carter, says Talley, was "the evening's train wreck." [Vogue.com]
  • Justin Bieber saw how the Kardashians had leveraged their reality fame into an apparently popular branded retail store — Khaos in Vegas — and decided to get himself one. The Bieber store, for all your Bieberiana needs, is allegedly slated to open at The Grove in L.A. [Radaronline]
  • Sad news: Tao Kurihara's label, Tao Comme des Garçons, is ending production. There will be no new season. We've DIY'd many a thing inspired by Tao's wondrous knits in our time. [WWD]
  • A white-haired Jessica Stam made the cover of W Korea. [TLF]
  • This spring, Nina Ricci has released its first campaign since Peter Copping took over as creative director. Malgosia Bela stars. [WWD]
  • Bar Refaeli is going to be the face of a new Escada perfume. [WWD]
  • Yesterday, it was reported by the Daily Mail that Kate Middleton's mother and sister spent over an hour at a Bruce Oldham store in London — which could mean that Oldham is designing The Dress. Ever since, the store has been under siege by the media and crowds of...Kate Middleton fans? "It's mayhem," said a spokesperson, "every time a customer arrives at the shop, they all try and swarm inside, pushing in through the door with her. Their bravado is astounding. We've had press inquiries ever since the engagement was announced, but now it's gone completely global." [Telegraph]
  • Vivienne Westwood wrote in her men's wear show notes, "With royal marriage in the air, who would you choose to be your bridegroom? Come on girls, our catwalk is your chance to dream." [Telegraph]
  • Meanwhile, Frankie Morello's show opened with a four-man dance troupe, clad in Y-fronts and those hats with beards attached to them. [The Cut]
  • Racked rounds up five sexy somebodies who design shoes, including Blake Mycoskie of Toms and Brian Atwood. [Racked]
  • J. Crew's go-shop period has ended. Late last year, the retailer announced plans to go private with TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners, which offered of $2.86 billion, or $43.50 a share for the company. Under the terms of the deal, competing offers could be tendered up until Saturday. Urban Outfitters and Sears were among those said to be considering bids, but none has materialized. Women's Wear Daily reports that those companies may have had something else in mind: "[T]hose kicking the tires might have had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a look at J. Crew's books under the guise of 'due diligence.'" [WWD]
  • Gisele Bündchen is in the spring Isabel Marant ads, and Stella Tennant and Freja Beha Erichsen booked Chanel. In one shot, Tennant sprays a nude Erichsen with a hose. [Fashionologie]
  • Burberry's sales rose 26.3% over last year, to around $758.4 million, during the last quarter. Retail sales grew by 40% worldwide, and by 68% in the Asia-Pacific region. [WWD]
  • Biba, the iconic '60s and '70s London label by Barbara Hulanicki, was re-re-revived without Hulanicki's involvement last year. Apparently it has been selling well, though this report is suspiciously absent of hard figures. [Vogue UK]
  • Apparently, creams that contain collagen and are claimed to fight wrinkles are nothing but a thin dermis of lies! The collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed by the skin. Whoever could have thought up such a dastardly, dishonest plan to hoodwink ladies into spending money unnecessarily? [Daily Mail]
  • Ooh! Now you can zap away signs of aging with lasers! [WWD]