Steel your inner '90s middle-school-aged girl who likes rainbows and unicorns and cuddly dolphins and pink: Lisa Frank has a clothing line. And yes, plenty of styles are available in adult sizes. [Racked]
- Cathy Horyn hates your blog.
"One of the things I notice about a lot of fashion blogs is that the writing is not supported by information or a depth of knowledge about the business or the design process. They lack reporting, which demands specific skills–being a good observer, developing sources, knowing what is relevant."
[Hoot, via Fashionista]
- Ungaro's new C.E.O. quit already. [WWD]
- Christian Dior has long made a "skin brightening" product line, Diorsnow, but is reportedly ramping up its skin whitening effectiveness for 2012. It's adding "Icelandic glacial water" to Diorsnow, which, explains Dior's scientific communications director, "has proven in our labs its power not only to counteract the production of melanin in skin cells, but also to act in favor of all skin transparency features." Diorsnow with Icelandic water will "go beyond whitening toward immaculate transparency." (Transparency in the context of skin reminds us of nothing so much as that creepy Kevin Bacon movie where he goes invisible, layer by layer. Oh my God, remember Hollow Man? Whatever happened to Elisabeth Shue, anyway?) Never forget that "beauty" = "having white skin." [Radaronline]
- In this interview, T editor Sally Singer says that she thinks an over-reliance on retouching has led to an aesthetic of "sterility" in fashion photography:
"I think what fashion photographers have been reckoning with is a kind of — it's not oversexed, I think it's over-manipulated. It's not even retouching, it's just digital. It's just being able to manipulate. I think we've come from a period in which digital has allowed an idea of perfection. The limits of film versus the vast Saharan desert of digital, I think, just has photographers are playing with notions of perfection and the kind of sterility that can result from that."
An interesting remark from a woman who just put a photo of Viggo Mortensen, looking as smooth and unlined as a teenager, on the cover of her magazine. [The Cut]
- J. C. Penney just bought a minority stake in Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. And as soon as Martha's Macy's contract expires, in January of 2013, expect to start seeing "distinct Martha Stewart retail stores, which will be staffed by trained Martha Stewart associates, within J.C. Penney chains." [WWD]
- Pantone, one of those companies that normally works behind the scenes in fashion, advising designers on color trend forecasting, is taking the unusual step of launching a collaboration with Sephora. If you've been craving "chiefly tangerine- and orange-shaded cosmetics and beauty accessories," next March will be your chance. [WWD]
- Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer had more viewers (12 million) than the Victoria's Secret show (10.4 million). [WaPo]
- And now, a moment with Heidi Klum. Heidi, why do you like perfume?
"It's almost kind of like great underwear. No one can really see it but it makes you feel sassier and sexier."
Spoken like a woman with a fragrance contract. [People]