Having licensed her name to a clothing line for tweens, Material Girl, Madonna has announced she'll do a second line for adults — specifically, women aged 27-50. It's brought to you by the same people behind Material Girl, and it'll be called Truth Or Dare by Madonna. It will be a "lifestyle" brand, which is what industry types call it when they want to hawk everything at you from handbags to scented candles. Truth Or Dare by Madonna's first product will be an as-yet unnamed women's perfume, set to launch in 2012. [WWD]
Makeup artist Pat McGrath shared some of her backstage snapshots from the 20 shows she keyed during the last show season. [Vogue.com ]
The new Visionaire magazine is, at 57.48" by 79", the world's largest magazine ever produced. [Official Site ]
Here is Karl Lagerfeld 's boy-toy Baptiste Giabiconi dancing to (a weird, French live cover of) the Friends theme on the French Dancing With The Stars . "In terms of technique," says the first judge, "Baptiste, I found you as clumsy as Ross or Chandler." Another called Giabiconi's performance "a little uptight." [YouTube ]
- Syms Corp. — which owns discount chains Syms and Filene's Basement — announced it is bankrupt and going out of business. It's unusual for a retailer to announce a bankruptcy right before the holiday shopping season, which is traditionally the most lucrative period of the whole year, so you know things must be really bad. Filene's Basement was in bankruptcy when Syms acquired it for $63 million in 2009; in the Chapter 11 filing, the corporation listed assets of $236 million, liabilities of $94 million, and said months of talks with potential buyers had amounted to nothing. Syms and Filene's stores will undergo liquidation, a process that could last through January, after which the company will be no more. That sound you just heard was Fran Fine crying into her rack of Filene's designer skirt suits. [Bloomberg]
- After a public outcry, the British Fashion Council has agreed to add Kate Middleton's name to the list of candidates for this year's British Style Award. [Vogue UK]
- Mindy Kaling has some shopping advice, folks: "Listen, I never buy anything on final sale. The idea of buying anything online on final sale is crazy to me. I don't understand that at all. I always have to be able to return everything. I have friends who are like ‘Nobody shops anymore, you get things for free!' and I'm like ‘Who is that famous person who gets everything for free because I'm not that person and I want to be that person.' Or, at least meet that person." [Fashionista]
- Louis Vuitton had an artist recreate its spring 2012 men's collection entirely in paper. [WWD]
- A local news channel in Cleveland has identified a new thing for you to be afraid of: not getting actual CND Shellac when you ask and pay for a "Shellac manicure" at certain local salons. Some nail techs are switching out the bottles. [The Cut]
- Rather than making the movies to which we, the public, are entitled, David Lynch has for the past six years or so insisted on amusing himself with a variety of side-projects: opening a bar called Silencio in Paris; lending his name to a blend of coffee; shooting ads for $900 shoes. Lately, he made a video ad for Dom Pérignon champagne. We're going to write this in Twin Peaks reverse-speak so the Transcendental one can fully understand it: doG. gnikcuF. timmaD. divaD. hcnyL. [WWD]
- Neiman Marcus — where you could previously only pay with cash, your store credit card, American Express, or in First-Born Child Units (FBCUs) — will now deign to accept your lowly MasterCard and/or Visa. [WSJ]
- Rosie Huntington-Whiteley says she won't be walking in the Victoria's Secret fashion show this year, because she's working that day. [Fashionologie]
- Brazilian model and Vogue show-jumper Caroline Trentini is now engaged to Fabio Bertelt. Trentini's long-term relationship with Victor Demarchelier ended last year. [Fashionologie]
- Kenneth Cole nearly tripled its quarterly profit compared with the same period last year, from $2 million to $5.8 million. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with stylist and editor Katie Grand. What's one thing we don't know about Miuccia Prada, Katie?
"She wears fluoro underwear...fluoro. As in fluorescent. Well, I don't know if she still does, but when we last worked together she'd quite often have fluorescent underwear on and I so loved that about her! It was so unexpected."