Karl Lagerfeld, finding himself insufficiently occupied by running Chanel, designing for Fendi, and bringing the Magnum ice cream to America, is relaunching the namesake clothing brand he suspended a few seasons back. Karl Lagerfeld's new Karl collection will be sold exclusively online. Here's a brief ad to give you an idea of what we're in for. Naturally, there are detachable leather collars, each printed with the message, "I only wear the latest thing, it's my job." The press materials make extensive use of the replace-a-C-with-a-K trope, touting the clothes as "ironiK, artistiK, aKcessible," which has us a little worried that Kris Kardashian's krack legal team is preparing even as we speak to descend on old Karl with a cease-and-desist. [WWD]
Mario "A.C. Slater" Lopez
Women's Wear Daily
- China is reportedly considering new "green taxes" that would discourage pollution. China is struggling to meet the limits on greenhouse gas emission that it set for itself as goals for 2015. The textile industry is one of the leading polluters in China, especially of rivers and lakes. [Ecouterre]
- Something big happened at the Hearst offices the other night: Angelina Jolie and some of the cast of In The Land Of Blood And Honey came to a private screening in the Marie Claire offices. "You could hear a pin drop — and a thousand camera flashes — when Angelina entered the building," reports one breathless staffer. "If it's possible, she's even more beautiful in person than on screen." [DFR]
- There's a "rumor" according to "a source" that Nicole Richie is going to do something with Halston, perhaps model for the brand. [ShowbizSpy]
- The deal announced yesterday between Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and J. C. Penney, both underperforming companies, already has some analysts scratching their heads. Penney's took a minority stake in MSLO, and in return Martha Stewart will retail her various tchotchkes at J. C. Penney once her current Macy's deal expires.
"I find the deal with Penney's highly questionable, just looking at the math," said Allen Questrom, the former chairman and CEO of Penney's and earlier Federated Department Stores Inc., which became Macy's. "Macy's is a $26 billion company and Penney's is an $18 billion company and Macy's has a higher-income customer, on average $15,000 to $20,000 more than Penney's. So she's going to have to trade her products down with lower price points," which, Questrom noted, could lead to a reduction in quality and sales volume once the business goes to Penney's.
- Liv Tyler is going to sing in a Givenchy ad. [WWD]
- You've always wanted to see Karl Lagerfeld on a German gameshow, haven't you? [DFR]
- Janice Dickinson says that America's Next Top Model is rigged, and that CoverGirl — "not any of the judges, not what Tyra says" — decides who wins. Dickinson hasn't been a judge on the show since Cycle 4. [Fashionista]
- The modeling agency Elite is planning to open offices in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guanzhou within the next few years. Elite just held its Elite Model Look feeder competition in China; a 15-year-old Swede named Julia Schneider won. [WWD]
- Bear Grylls, the improbably named Man Vs. Wild guy, is the new face of Dockers. [WWD]
- Turtlenecks back, says Times trend piece. Remember, ladies, Mitch Hedberg's timeless fashion advice: "Wearing a turtleneck is like being strangled by a really weak guy, all day." [NYTimes]
- Oscar De La Renta is launching a children's collection. [WWD]
- An Hermès Exceptional Collection Shiny Rouge H Porosus Crocodile 30 cm Birkin Bag with Solid 18K White Gold & Diamond Hardware sold at auction in Texas for $203,150, the highest price ever paid for a handbag at an auction. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. HM Revenue and Customs, do you have a message for fashion brands that rely on young, unpaid interns to produce their fashion shows, or even their collections *cough* Kanye West *cough*?
"Non-payment of the national minimum wage is not an option. Our message is clear: don't wait for us to come knocking on your door; put things right now and avoid a penalty and possible prosecution."