"Calvin Klein, Go Back In The Closet!"

  • Village Voice nightlife columnist Michael Musto has sharp words for Calvin Klein, seen here with boyfriend Nick Gruber. "Get a grip on yourself, girl, and nail some dignity to the floor before this kid steals it all away from you."

Musto goes on: "Calvin, darling, you're embarrassing yourself. What's worse, you're embarrassing the whole community. You were never really that much of a gay hero in the first place. Remember when you suddenly had a wife because, as AIDS made it uncool to be gay, you took the wussy way out and closeted yourself so you could sell more T shirts and perfume?" Burn. Klein has been increasingly open about his sexual orientation in recent years — but only since departing the fashion label that bears his name. The whole thing is really worth reading. [Village Voice]

  • Kelly Osbourne is reportedly replacing Taylor Momsen as the face of Madonna's tween line, Material Girl. Recently, Kelly Osbourne mentioned to the press that she wouldn't, you know, be opposed to fronting (or even "designing") a fashion brand; a week later, Kelly Osbourne mentioned in the press that a number of really exciting offers had already come her way, like magic! Celebrities ask, and they shall receive. [NYPost]
  • Diane Von Furstenberg had a nasty skiing accident in Colorado. "Barry [Diller] and I were skiing happily. Some Brazilian man, who could not ski, lost control and went straight at me, hitting me badly on my face and ribs (with his camera). I went to the emergency room and then flew to UCLA. I look like Mike Tyson on his worst fight. Broken nose and some light facial fractures. At home in L.A. now waiting to heal. Will be staying here the week because I have my children and grandkids. I guess it could have been worse…but it does NOT look pretty." [WWD]
  • Kristen Bell is now a face of Neutrogena. The deal is allegedly worth $500,00. [E!]
  • Naomi Campbell went out for dinner and drinks with Cameron Diaz, as you do, and left the bar waitress a £5,000 tip. [DigitalSpy]
  • Karl Lagerfeld lives in the hell of his own high expectations: "I'm never pleased with myself. I always think I'm lazy and that I could do better." [Vogue UK]
  • Lagerfeld also says in this video interview that he's late all the time. "It's not because I am rude or lazy. It's only because when I am with somebody I forget to look at my watch, so when you start to be late in the morning, you are late all day, because it is one thing after the other." And when he starts to talk about the book he's reading about the history of the French language, and why it's developed into what it is today, he interrupts himself. "Most of the books are too pretentious to talk about. I don't want an intellectual image. I'm a fashion person." [Telegraph]
  • In a long interview with women's Wear Daily on the occasion of her show in China — for which she flew in a revamped version of her spring collection, and the Pet Shop BoysMiuccia Prada was cagey when asked questions about Italy's political situation. Prada, a onetime Communist who has a Ph.D. in International Relations, has been outspoken about politics in the past — but faced criticism when she admitted in an interview last year that she didn't vote in Italy's last elections, finding the prospect too depressing. Asked what she thought of Italy today, she replied, "A question worth a hundred million. I prefer not to answer." The reporter followed up, and Prada continued: "I prefer not to speak about Italy because you risk saying banal things.…Regardless, Italy is always an exceptional country, so…I have no intention to speak badly about my country." Asked whether she would still like to enter politics one day, Prada said: "Probably, yes." [WWD]
  • Carine Roitfeld, the soon-to-be former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, had drinks with Nicholas Ghesquière, the creative director of Balenciaga. Balenciaga abruptly stopped inviting Vogue Paris editors to its shows, lending the magazine samples for shoots, and advertising in its pages; the rumor mill would have this estrangement occurring either because Roitfeld borrowed some Balenciaga samples in her capacity of editor and allowed another luxury house access to them in her capacity of "consultant," or because longtime Balenciaga runway stylist and consultant-slash-Vogue Paris editor Marie-Amélie Sauvé suddenly was out at the magazine. (Roitfeld has denied that she ever served as a consultant to any luxury brands while editor, and Sauvé's departure from the fold was never officially explained.) So, regardless of why, at least they're talking now. [The Daily]
  • Incoming editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt has already shot her first cover. Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin photographed Gisele Bündchen (incidentally, the current face of Balenciaga) in St. Barts. [WWD]
  • Kate Moss is allegedly spending $2 million adding a gym to her $16 million new house. [ShowbizSpy]
  • Cathy Horyn loved Christian Dior couture — and she called Armani "more accomplished" than usual. Kristen McMenamy, whom Horyn saw being fitted for "the bridal dress" at Chanel, will presumably be closing its couture show. Stella Tennant was also being fitted at Chanel. [On The Runway]
  • Gucci designer Frida Giannini claims to love hotdogs, and eat up to four of them at a time. She also has a German shepherd named Gunner IV. [Fashionologie]
  • David Bailey is the subject of a new documentary called David Bailey: Four Beats to the Bar and No Cheating. It'll air February 9 on the Sundance Channel. [Vogue UK]
  • The JC Report is reporting that Kim Jones has been hired as the new men's creative director at Louis Vuitton. [@jcreportglobal]
  • Amy Astley, currently the editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, first worked for House & Garden. She landed at Vogue on the same day she got the news that House & Garden would be closing: "So I get the call the day HG closed, would I go and see Anna, and I said sure, of course…and they were like, ‘Today, right now.' And that's how I learned how Vogue operates — I was like, ‘Can I do it tomorrow? I have to get my outfit together!' And HR was like, ‘No, she's ready for you now, right now.' So I toddled up there in my little Agnes B. t-shirt and my brand new Chanel ballet slippers that cost, like, a week's salary. The day started by being called into a conference room with all my colleagues, with Mr. Newhouse, telling us they're closing the magazine. And I'm wearing my new Chanel ballet slippers straight out of the box, and I'm thinking, ‘I need to return these, I don't have a paycheck!' And then I met with Anna." [Into The Gloss]
  • Designers and models who participated in the 1973 American-French design competition held at Versailles gathered yesterday at the Met to reminisce. Oscar de la Renta compared remembering the event to Rashomon. A young Donna Karan worked backstage at the show as a dresser. And Pat Cleveland still feels embarrassed that she stepped on Rudolf Nureyev's toes backstage. "It hurt him, but he just stepped out and danced. I thought, Wow, he is good." [WWD]
  • Sophie Théallet and Giles Deacon are the first designers to participate in Nine West's new designer collaboration program. Théallet's collection for the retailer will hit stores in May, and is expected to be priced at $79-$109, and Deacon's will be for fall. [Fashionologie]
  • Laurence Renard, a stylist who worked with Bruce Weber and Victoria's Secret, among other clients, was killed in a car accident on the Upper East Side. She was 35. [NYDN]
  • American Apparel is suing the nail polish manufacturer whose products were exploding on store shelves. [Bella Sugar]