British GQ Features Naomi Campbell Nude, Floating In A Pool

  • GQ promises its story will explain what the hell, exactly, Campbell was thinking on the stand at Charles Taylor's trial, but we're not expecting much given the mag didn't press Campbell on the subject during their last interview. [GQ UK]
  • Naomi Campbell also swears she totally didn't perjure herself, and neither did her lawyer or her manager, when she was deposed in her long-running perfume royalties lawsuit with her former agent. Naomi Campbell would never do that, you guys, says Naomi Campbell. [Vogue UK]
  • French publishing giant Lagardère has struck a deal with Hearst to sell off all 102 of its foreign magazines, including all fifteen international editions of Elle, for some $880 million. Lagardère retains ownership of the Elle trademark. [WWD]
  • After Oscar de la Renta, Women's Wear Daily's writer Bridget Foley, and members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, including CFDA president Diane Von Furstenberg, publicly criticized Michelle Obama for wearing a dress by a British designer — Alexander McQueen — at the most recent state dinner, Cathy Horyn took to her blog to point out that many American designers, including Von Furstenberg herself, manufacture their clothes offshore anyway. And also that all conversations about Michelle Obama should maybe not be entirely about what she wears. [On The Runway]
  • Kate Betts even wrote a weekend op-ed defending Obama's McQueen dress. Are we really still talking about this? [NYTimes]
  • Meanwhile, Diane Von Furstenberg is giving the second-ever DVF awards — an award the designer invented, to give to women working for the women's rights and wellbeing worldwide — to Kakenya Ntaiya of Kenya and Sohini Chakraborty Saleem of India, who work with the Vital Voices Global Partnership. Each winner gets $50,000, and presumably an awesome looking plaque with "DVF Winner" or somesuch on it. You can also vote at Von Furstenberg's website for the People's Choice DVF. The nominees are Lyn Pentecost of The Lower Eastside Girls Club, Malika Saada Saar of The Rebecca Project, Zeinab Eyega of Sauti Yetu Center for African Women, Taryn Davis of The American Widow Project and Susannah Shakow of Running Start. [WWD]
  • Emmy Rossum and Elie Tahari are launching a handbag collection. Tahari says it came about like this: "I was talking to her about her style and I saw that she had good taste and she liked [my] bags. She'd say, ‘I wish it was this way, I wish it was like that…' and I said, ‘You know what, Emmy? You come in and you design it like you like.'" [WWD]
  • Heidi Klum, on family life: "We are done now. I think four to look after is plenty. We aren't like Angelina and Brad. Four is a good number." [NYDN]
  • New Mango campaign. Scarlett Johanson, Mario Sorrenti, sexyface. You know the rest by now. [Racked]
  • Lauren Conrad says she is "hoping" to show her fashion line at New York fashion week. Last we checked, that starts on February 10. Conrad should probably, like, make up her mind about having a show pretty, like, soon. [ContactMusic]
  • Connie Wang does a nice job fisking Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, who recently wrote that fashion bloggers are like "a viral cold" afflicting the fashion industry. (Sozzani wrote this on...her blog.) [Refinery29]
  • Tali Lennox, the daughter of Eurythmics singer Annie, is now a model. She is currently featured in a campaign for Swedish label Acne. [Telegraph]
  • New Barneys C.E.O. Mark Lee has named Amanda Brooks, the author of I Love Your Style and a creative director of now-defunct label Tuleh, as the struggling department store chain's new fashion director. Lee has shaken up the Barneys staff, firing longtime employees like Julie Gilhart (Brooks' predecessor) and Judy Collinson, and demoting store creative director Simon Doonan. [WWD]
  • This is is the Baptiste Giabiconi we are used to seeing! Karl Lagerfeld shot his favorite boy-toy in the nude for Interview. Nary a stringy wig or a bleached eyebrow in sight. [Refinery29]
  • Juicy Couture followed the prescribed route for cheesy brands seeking to establish themselves as cool: 1. Hire Steven Meisel. 2. Hire some supermodels. 3. Shoot a dreamy campaign that features precisely zero velour tracksuits, and break it in Vogue and W. [WWD]
  • Gwyneth Paltrow buys drugstore cosmetics! But only from French drugstores, which are innately superior to American and British drugstores, duh. [GOOP]
  • Doutzen Kroes and Sunnery James' first child, Phyllon Joy, has his own Twitter account. Also, he's adorable. [@PhyllonJoy]
  • Now that he owns Betsey Johnson, Steve Madden's plans for growth include selling lots of shoes. Lots and lots of shoes. (We got a press release about Betsey Johnson shoes just last week. Must be happening already.) [WWD]
  • Stephen Thompson, the albino male model featured in the current Givenchy campaign, works as a teacher's aide with blind and visually-impaired preschoolers. (Albinism is linked to blindness, and Thompson is blind in one eye.) Thompson has worked as a model since he was 17, and has released a hip-hop album. He tries to explain his appeal: "I think people wanna be rebels in a society that's very funnel-like, where everybody becomes a lawyer. People wanna be rebels, they change how they look. And you can say about me, I'm just a born-natural rebel. I mean, the fuck, my genes are rebels — I'm sayin', my genes are rebels." [New York]
  • Fellow Givenchy favorite Lea T., who is transsexual, walked in designer Alexandre Herchcovitz's swimwear show at Sao Paulo fashion week. Paparazzi swarmed her as she was leaving the show. (Her father is a famous soccer player named Toninho Cerezo.) Gisele Bündchen and Ashton Kutcher also modeled during fashion week. [Breitbart]
  • After Samsung pulled out of its deal to buy the very distressed fashion asset Gianfranco Ferré, the label's future was uncertain. Now it appears that a Dubai-based fashion distributor and franchise-holder called Paris Group may be making an offer. [WWD]
  • White by Vera Wang, the designer's collection for el-cheapo wedding chain David's Bridal, is now available for purchase. [Official Site]
  • Wang is said to be close to a deal for a name-branded collection with the chain jewelers Zale. The wedding market must be highly lucrative. [WWD]
  • Designer (and prominent Democratic fund-raiser) Charles Nolan has died of liver cancer. He was 53. [WWD]
  • An $825 biometric Dunhill wallet can recognize its owner's fingerprints. [TLF]
  • Hate shopping center muzak? A new study finds "The malls of America consume more than a gigawatt of electricity per month playing the anodyne sales-spurring pop." [Scientific American]