Marc Jacobs Dresses Up Like A Lady

  • Oscar de la Renta has again been made unhappy by Michelle Obama's choice of clothing. He thinks the First Lady should have chosen a Chinese or an American designer gown for the state dinner honoring the Chinese president. "My understanding is that the visit was to promote American-Chinese trade — American products in China and Chinese products in America. Why do you wear European clothes?" Previously, de la Renta opined that Obama's cardigan was an inappropriately casual garment in which to greet the Queen of England. [WWD]
  • Meanwhile, Vanity Fair political writer Bob Colacello thinks Michelle Obama's Alexander McQueen dress was the wrong choice because, "It made her look gigantic. She completely overshadowed President Hu, and even President Obama looked small next to her." [VF]
  • Dutch model Doutzen Kroes gave birth to her first child, a son she and her husband have named Phyllon. [Modelinia]
  • Heidi Klum has joined Coty Inc.'s roster of famous, smelly faces. Expect a cocktail of Heidi-selected volatile organic compounds on department store counters in September. It'll be called Shine. [WWD]
  • The couture shows start next week in Paris, and houses say the $70k dress business is better than ever! "It's been an excellent year for couture," says Christian Dior C.E.O. Sidney Toledano. "The Middle East is increasing, and China is starting to show interest," said Givenchy's Fabrizio Malverdi, while John Hooks of Giorgio Armani described couture customers as "recession-proof." Good to know. Coughkleptocracycough. [WWD]
  • Cosmopolitan profiled interns from the Innocence Project in its January issue. "They looked like such Cosmo girls," explains editor Kate White of the choice. "Because they were feisty and gutsy and gorgeous and, just, they felt they owned the world. You don't have to be one type of woman. You don't have to be the studious type or the brainiac." Presumably, if one wanted one's skills to be of any use to an organization dedicated to working through the American legal system to exonerate wrongfully convicted prisoners, one would in fact have to be somewhat studious and/or brainy. In fact, being studious and brainy can be generally helpful in life. Then, White added, "Sexy sex is sexy, and the Innocence Project knows that. Sex blowjobs sexier sexual sex. Sexxxxxxxx." [WWD]
  • Snoop Dogg sneakers! Why has this taken so long to happen? They're yours for $90. [Fashionista]
  • The winners of Gap's kid casting call are all so freaking adorable our hard-boiled uteruses just spasmed in unison. [TLF]
  • Orlando Bloom, on being the face of a men's cologne: "I never really thought about doing it before — I guess because I probably took myself a little too seriously and thought, I'm an actor, I'm not a model." Then, Proctor & Gamble execs took him aside and explained that their vision for the scent was "about a unique quality of independence and freedom, open minds and free souls" that they would pay him enormous pots of money, pots of money so vast that he, Bloom, could swim in them like Scrooge McDuck, if he felt so moved. "And I was like, well, that's kind of cool. I'm a guy's guy. I'm not really a fragrance kind of guy. Suddenly, it was like, yeah, I can see how this could fit. It doesn't stray too far from me." [WWD]
  • Oh, look. The Post noticed Naomi Campbell's chic hostage video, which we posted about last year. [P6]
  • French actor Vincent Cassel and his Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky made an ad for an Yves Saint Laurent men's fragrance. It'll break in March. [WWD]
  • Designer Stefano Pilati's job security — and alleged lack thereof — at Yves Saint Laurent has been the subject of plenty of rumor. C.E.O. Valerie Hermann says her working relationship with Pilati has "a nice tension," and that they have "constructive confrontations." Pilati says that while he feels that in decades past, the C.E.O. and those on the business side of fashion served the needs of the designer, "now we live in a moment when we need to thank the C.E.O." Hmmm. [W]
  • Christian Lacroix, whose fashion house was closed last year and turned into a licensing operation, is doing a capsule collection for the print-happy Spanish chain Desigual. It's called "Mr. Lacroix for Desigual" because Lacroix has lost the contractual rights to his own name. [WWD]
  • There's a rumor that The September Issue and War Room director R.J. Cutler's next feature, another fashion industry doc, is going to be set at Teen Vogue. Cutler sent out a casting call for the project recently, but apparently is having trouble finding subjects willing to open their lives to him. Quoth the rumor mill, "they've reached out to at least one well-known fashion blogger, who doesn't seem likely to bite." [The Cut]
  • Alexa Chung is the face of Superga, which is not, as we'd hoped, in any way connected to Supergrass. It's an Italian sneaker brand, apparently. [Vogue UK]
  • Calypso St. Barth's Target collection is expansive — it includes not just apparel, but also "accessories and lingerie for women, clothing for girls and babies, and home items such as candles, decorative pillows, dinnerware, glassware and serving pieces," reports Women's Wear Daily. It hits 1,200 Target stores on May 1, and the chain is apparently looking to repeat the success of last summer's Liberty of London collaboration. [WWD]
  • Fashion blind item! "Which eccentric fashion designer carries tampons to be in touch with his feminine side while he designs women's clothes?" We're gonna go with...Alber Elbaz. Just a crazy feeling. [P6]
  • And: "Three writers-editors from different fashion-lifestyle publications were each lent super-duper-high-end luxury cars to test-drive out of state for the day. Which one of these editors managed to total her one-of-a-kind prototype valued-at-mid-six-figures vehicle by ramming it into the back of a UPS truck? The car's remains had to be towed back to the city." [Racked]
  • Aw: Ford Models can't get invited to KCD shows, either. That makes us feel so much better. [@FordModels]
  • American Vogue did another models-and-their-boyfriends-slash-husbands shoot, featuring Anja Rubik and Sasha Knezevic, Coco Rocha and James Conran, Angela Lindvall and Mark Wystrach, Alessandra Ambrosio and Jamie Mazur, Aminata Niaria and Laurence Dennis, and Bonnie Chen and Rock Ji. [Fashionologie]
  • Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani asks, in her latest blog post, "How far can we go trying to find new ways to create images?" Well, gee, fashion! How far? Sozzani lists off taboos: Nudity, age, sex, androgyny. "How about little girls? Wearing heavy make up, sexy clothes, posing in poses that are outrageous for their age. The movie Pretty Baby with Brooke Shields talks about a baby prostitute, but without being vulgar, the images were actually romantic for the harsh reality portrayed in them. Lets [sic] not even talk about the decadence of seeing older women posing naked. This is the question." Well, gee, Franca. How about a ripped-from-the-headlines photo spread about an oil spill that happens to be the worst ecological disaster ever to befall the world's oceans? [Vogue Italia]
  • A student wore the same pair of jeans for 15 months. And? This is news? [TLF]