FYI, DVF's Skiing Accident Was Not A Cover For Plastic Surgery

  • Apparently, it was rumored that Diane Von Furstenberg's January 23 Colorado skiing accident, which left her with a fractured cheekbone and bruises that have yet to fully heal, was actually just a story concocted to cover for a plastic surgery procedure. Those rumors, Von Furstenberg says, are completely false. "If I ever had any desire to have plastic surgery, after this week, I know for sure, I would not want it," she says. "I was so terrified that I would lose my old face. I don't want anybody else's face. I don't want a younger face." Von Furstenberg was a featured speaker at a recent New York City gala and initially hid her face behind a fan — but later dropped it, telling the attendees, "I brought this to hide. But I think I'll ignore it." [NYDN]
  • Ex-Vogue intern/man-on-skates Sean Avery skipped Lincoln Center this season, preferring to stay home and watch the shows on Style.com. [P6]
  • Erin O'Connor's Model Sanctuary, which operates during London Fashion Week as a refuge for fashion models where they can speak to nutritionists, physical therapists, and union representatives in a supportive environment, is visited by over 200 models daily. [Vogue UK]
  • Nordstrom acquired the flash sale site HauteLook for $270 million. The retail M&A market is, as predicted, finally thawing out. [WWD]
  • Eric Wilson liked designer Francisco Costa's Calvin Klein show: "Mr. Costa's runway was, as usual, full of controlled and clean sportswear looks, some in the same materials we've seen popping up from runway to runway. It was interesting to see calfskin, for example, turn up in both the collections of Mr. Costa and Ralph Lauren, on Thursday, and also metallic fabrics at the end of Mr. Costa's runway, like a gold jacquard (he called it "wheat") shift-dress worn by Lara Stone. There was a sporty element here, too, picking up on a trend throughout the week: funnel necks and baseball collars were shown on a cropped jacket and a puff-shaped shearling duffel. But none of Mr. Costa's designs looked like those of anyone else, and some of his fabrics seemed to be utterly new inventions, with fuzzy or furry textures, which he carried over to the clunky calfskin shoes." [On The Runway]
  • Lynn Yaeger, meanwhile, wishes Costa would occasionally introduce "a splash of something really tacky" into his design process: "His show is classic CK — butterscotch leather dresses, creamy shifts — but the only thing even minimally surprising is that the models' bare knees are showing, since this has been a season of long lengths and covered legs." Well, these are fall clothes we're talking about. [The Cut]
  • Robin Givhan did not find the New York collections in any way impressive. "For an industry that has spent the greater part of a month lambasting First Lady Michelle Obama for not wearing an American designer's dress to the state dinner for China, the home team did not provide much in the way of creative exuberance to prevent such public injury from happening again." [TDB]
  • Would you walk on a runway, Joan Rivers? "I did already, for Overeaters Anonymous, and Mothers-without-Spanx." [WWD]
  • Turns out you do not have to be 21 or older to work as a D.J. on licensed premises in the state of New York — luckily for Tavi Gevinson. [Elle]
  • Pro-life superstar Justin Bieber wore Dolce & Gabbana to the London premiere of his biopic. Domenico Dolce says, "Justin represents the epitome of the new generation of music talents." He listens to Bieber all the time. All. The. Time. [Vogue UK]
  • Meanwhile, that $1 billion tax evasion case against Dolce & Gabbana is still grinding on. The latest hearing in an Italian court was postponed because the defense needed more time to prepare. [WWD]
  • Carine Roitfeld's last issue of Vogue Paris is here. It stars relatively unknown Dutch model Saskia De Brauw, looking very 1920s with thin, penciled brows. [The Cut]
  • Meanwhile, 19-year-old long-haired male model Andrej Pejic appears on the new cover of Germany's Zeit magazine, shot by Juergen Teller and styled in women's wear. [Styleite]
  • Transsexual model Lea T. was on Oprah yesterday. [HuffPo]
  • Yves Saint Laurent C.E.O. Valerie Hermann is leaving to become the C.E.O. of Reed Krakoff. It was long rumored that there were tensions between Hermann and YSL creative director Stefano Pilati. [WWD]
  • Meanwhile, a major restructuring is underway at PPR. Gucci Group, formerly a separate division of the luxury conglomerate, will be disbanded — and Gucci Group C.E.O. Robert Polet is leaving the company. Going forward, certain of Gucci Group's sheaf of brands — namely Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga — will be overseen directly by PPR C.E.O. François-Henri Pinault. A new deputy C.E.O. of what's being called the "luxury business group," Alexis Babeau, will have control over Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Boucheron and Sergio Rossi. Profits at PPR during 2010 rose 55.8% over 2009's numbers, to $1.24 billion. [WWD]
  • PETA has written an angry letter about Diane Kruger's nude-but-covered-in-fur spread in GQ. [NYDN]
  • A fashion week party did not admit the designer Thom Browne, because the doorman did not recognize him. [WWD]
  • Liz Claiborne has cut its quarterly loss, largely thanks to Kate Spade, which is performing extremely well right now. [WWD]
  • Some dude made a Louis Vuitton monogram couch. Countdown to the lawsuit from Bernard Arnault, go. [TLF]
  • Okay, we managed to get about halfway through the illustrated Rumors I've Heard About Anna Wintour before our laughter became uncontrollable. The ostrich one was what done it. [The Hairpin]