Thanks to photos taken at the Victoria's Secret show rehearsal by the New York Post, we now know what Miranda Kerr looks like wearing a be-tasseled bra encrusted with $2.5 million worth of diamonds. Turns out the squiggly lines on the bra, which was revealed on a mannequin last month, foretold a general Venus-on-the-half-shell theme, and Kerr will walk the show wearing not wings, but a big clamshell contraption made of silver gauze. The supermodel says that if her boobs are looking better than usual, it's thanks to breast milk. "It's milking time," jokes. "I'm still breast-feeding. I'm pumping, and it's going well." It's funny to think that Victoria's Secret is this highly artificial runway show celebrating spray tans and styrofoam wings and boobies and yet a breast-feeding woman is the highlight. Image at the link. [NYPost]
- Anna Wintour greeted her adoring public at Fashion's Night Out in Japan, a Condé Nast-organized event intended to spur retail spending in the country, which is still recovering from the devastating earthquake and nuclear disaster of this spring. Women's Wear Daily sets the scene:
Hordes of passersby in the Omotesando and Aoyama shopping districts clustered outside each store Wintour entered. They strained their necks to try and catch a glimpse of her. They called out her name and even followed her down the street when she and her daughter, Bee Shaffer, decided to walk between stores they visited, which included Louis Vuitton, Tod's, Burberry, Michael Kors, Rag & Bone and Marc Jacobs. In what was undoubtedly one of the key photo ops of the day, partygoers gathered to watch her pound rice cake paste with a giant wooden hammer at Theory.
It's interesting that, for an event all about motivating Japanese people to spend money at stores, all of the brands listed are foreign-owned. In the full story, there is just one mention of Japanese designers — "Wintour also took time to meet with Japanese designers, including Sacai's Chitose Abe and a handful who show in Tokyo" — which is unusual, to say the least, especially considering the first Tokyo fashion week since the disaster happened just a few weeks ago. [WWD]
- Some people in Spain were smuggling cocaine into the country by mixing it into a paste, sculpting the paste into the shape of high-heeled shoes, painting the shoes to look even more like shoes, and putting them into Manolo Blahnik boxes. Just like that moment in Traffic where Cathering Zeta-Jones is all like, "The doll is cocaine," then. (Alternative joke: talk about high heels, yuk yuk yuk, we'll see ourselves out.) [NYPost]
- Next September, the Couture Council of the Museum at FIT will honor Oscar de la Renta. The Couture Council evidently likes to plan ahead. [WWD]
- Another Magazine founder Jefferson Hack and Belgian model Anouck Lepere have confirmed they have split up. The two were a couple since 2005, and became engaged in 2006. [Fashionologie]
- Chanel Iman, meanwhile, says that she and Kanye West are not dating. They are just good friends. [The Cut]
- In the new V, retired modeling super-agent Eileen Ford says that in the early 1960s, Vogue told her China Machado was "too chinky" for its pages. "With a girl like China Machado, she was from Portugal, actually, and I just loved the way she looked," says Ford. (Machado was actually born in Shanghai, and is of Chinese and Portuguese ancestry.) "The first thing I did was send her to Muriel Maxwell at Vogue, and Muriel — from the Bronx with a British accent — said, 'Oh, she's too chinky for us.' I was crying and crying. Avedon was around the corner, and I called and told him, and I was crying away, and he said, "Send her to me, let me see her." And he made her." [V, via Styleite]
- Loulou de La Falaise, a former model, an accessories and textile designer, and — most famously — a friend and longtime muse to Yves Saint Laurent, died after a long illness, reportedly cancer. She was 63. Diane von Furstenberg and Lanvin's Alber Elbaz are among the fashion industry luminaries to offer their fond remembrances of de La Falaise in today's WWD; not among that number is André Leon Talley, who has always come to mind when we hear Loulou de La Falaise's name, ever since a certain notorious scene in Talley's 1994 New Yorker profile, written by Hilton Als. This is that scene:
Talley got up from his seat to sit near Maxime de la Falaise, who had admired a large turquoise ring he wore. "Look, LouLou!" Talley shouted. "The color of the ring is just divine, no? Just like the stone you gave me!"
"What?" LouLou de la Falaise asked, barely disguising her boredom.
"This ring, child. Just like the stone you gave me, no?"
LouLou de la Falaise did not respond. She nodded toward Roxanne Lowitt, and Lowitt instructed her to stand behind Maxime de la Falaise and Talley. LouLou de la Falaise said, "I will stand there only if André tries not to look like such a nigger dandy."
Several people laughed, loudly. None laughed louder than André Leon Talley. But it seemed to me that a couple of things happened before he started laughing: he shuttered his eyes, his grin grew larger, and his back went rigid, as he saw his belief in the durability of glamour and allure shatter before him in a million glistening bits. Talley attempted to pick those pieces up. He sighed, then stood and said, "Come on, children. Let's see something. Let's visit the house of Galliano."
- James Van Doren, who designed the slip-on Vans sneaker, has died from cancer at age 72. [NYTimes]
- Fashion writer, former Harper's Bazaar editor-in-chief and onetime protégée of Anna Wintour Kate Betts is working on a memoir. [WWD]
- Twenty-nine Boston-area girls and young women with cancer were receiving free beauty treatments at a salon as part of a special event when Gisele Bündchen turned up. The supermodel talked with each patient, and walked with them up and down a makeshift runway the salon had set up. The ones who were in wheelchairs, she pushed. A local morning radio host who helped set the whole thing up said the "abiding sadness" in the girls' eyes temporarily lifted in Bündchen's presence. [Boston Herald]
- L'Oréal heiress and alleged non-compos-mentis old person Liliane Bettencourt is petitioning the French court that recently judged her incapable of solely managing her affairs to let her son Jean-Victor Meyers be her guardian. Bettencourt has been engaged in a multi-year legal battle with her daughter, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, over money. [WWD]
- Christian Lacroix, presently lacking a fashion label to call his own, designed costumes for a new Paris production of "La Source." [NYTimes]
- The area where SoHo shades into Chinatown is becoming hip, says the New York Times, a noted chronicle of hipness. Hip things in southern SoHo — the Times ventured the nickname SoSoHo — according to this article, in order of appearance, are: the Alexander Wang store, Orla Kiely, "the custom denim boutique 3 x 1, which offers more than 100 kinds of denim and chambray in weights that range approximately from chiffon to plywood," the Surface to Air store, VPL, "the custom-kicks Nike iD shop," Agnès B., "VFiles, the new cyberspace companion of Visionaire and V," a Swedish men's clothing store "with an ardent logger vibe," another men's store, Aesa & Electric Feathers, the Mondrian SoHo hotel, a Vespa store, a "storied boutique for exquisite trifles and oddities," a design store, the Smile to Go (not yet opened), DQM, Team Gallery, a bootmaker called E. Vogel, and Opening Ceremony. Representative quote from an older resident: "I remember when our UPS man was stabbed on Crosby Street." Representative quote from a newer resident: "It feels a little more underground, if anything still can be underground." [NYTimes]
- There's a rumor being reported in the Dutch media that Vogue might launch a Dutch edition in 2012. [Racked]
- Andrew Buckler, the men's wear designer, has been named Converse's first-ever vice-president of global creative design. Sounds fancy! [WWD]
- Pratt held a competition for its students to redesign the standard nurse's uniform — scrubs. The winning design was a shirt, pants, and jacket, each made in a knit instead of a woven fabric. [Fashionista]