Another Victoria's Secret Model Allegedly Pregnant On The Catwalk: Lily AldridgeS

E! is reporting that not one, but two Victoria's Secret models were pregnant when they walked in the show. Lily Aldridge is, according to a "source," expecting her first child with husband/that dude from Kings of Leon, Caleb Followill. Aldridge is said to be about three months along; yesterday, Alessandra Ambrosio announced that she is four months pregnant with her second child. The rumor hasn't been confirmed by Aldridge and Followill. But think about it: if you have a lucrative lingerie contract to keep, timing your period of parturiency to the brand's big, televised show just makes sense. If you're one or two months along in November when the show tapes, then you won't be "showing," but you will have all that pregnant-lady cleavage. And when you pop out the kid in June or July, you could have as long as five months to snap back into the kind of physical shape required to continue promoting tacky, overpriced lingerie made by children in sweatshops for the benefit of the Limited Brands corporation. It's the American way. [E!]


Another Victoria's Secret Model Allegedly Pregnant On The Catwalk: Lily Aldridge13-year-old Elle Fanning is on the cover of Teen Vogue. Her sister Dakota tells the magazine that Elle often steals her clothes. "As far as I'm concerned, there's a no-closet-sharing policy, but as far as Elle is concerned...I'll go in my room, and there will be clothes on the floor, clothes missing, clothes that are now in her closet. Last summer, I was in London working on a film, and I was looking online and these pictures came up on my homepage. She was in my hat, my dress, my shoes. I called her up and was like, ‘I caught you! They photographed you wearing all my stuff. Put it back!'" [Fashionista]
Another Victoria's Secret Model Allegedly Pregnant On The Catwalk: Lily AldridgeMarc Jacobs, unlike you, is on holiday in St. Bart's right now. With his ex-fiancé, Lorenzo Martone. No sign of the Brazilian porn star Jacobs was rumored to be dating a few weeks back. [Gawker]
Another Victoria's Secret Model Allegedly Pregnant On The Catwalk: Lily AldridgeA new coffee table book, Nailed, explores the culture of nail art. Assuming that having a bunch of pictures of people's 3D-encrusted fingernails on your table doesn't put you off your coffee, it seems like a neat idea. [HuffPo]
Another Victoria's Secret Model Allegedly Pregnant On The Catwalk: Lily AldridgeMaybelline's 2012 calendar (yeah, it has one) features a sexy weather girl, a sexy newsie, a sexy science teacher, a sexy mechanic, and a sexy politician, pictured. And how you have longed to see all of 2012's worst "sexy" Halloween costumes in one place. [Refinery29]
Another Victoria's Secret Model Allegedly Pregnant On The Catwalk: Lily AldridgeA woman who really, really likes Manchester City FC made this wedding dress. [Yahoo Sports]
Another Victoria's Secret Model Allegedly Pregnant On The Catwalk: Lily AldridgeIt's hard to get properly exercised about the existence of this Fendi stroller because the cost hasn't yet been revealed to the Internet, but if you really try, you can probably experience some incipient rage against its sheer ridiculousness alone. [Racked]
Another Victoria's Secret Model Allegedly Pregnant On The Catwalk: Lily AldridgeThis charming Uncle Terry t-shirt can be yours for just £32. Imagine the possibilities. [Yoox]
  • A poll of 3,000 U.K. women by the chain Superdrug found that Kate Middleton is the "beauty icon" of 2011. Followed closely by Pippa Middleton, Cheryl Cole, Rihanna, and someone who is described as a morning television presenter. [Daily Mail]
  • Separately, the fashion chain Reiss has roughly doubled its operating profit in fiscal 2011, and it partially credits the elder Middleton sister for its success. Middleton favors Reiss's blouses and skirts, and when she wore a cream Reiss dress to meet Michelle Obama, the interest generated was so vast that the chain's web site crashed. Sales grew from £77.7 million to £87.6 million, and profits jumped from £4.3 million to £8.5 million, year-on-year. [Telegraph]
  • People really, really do not like being touched by strangers when they're shopping. And other times, but apparently especially not while shopping. Researchers studied a mall in England and mingled a few plants among the regular shoppers. The plants were instructed to either "accidentally brush against" or "stand close to" randomly selected real shoppers. Those real shoppers' times in the store were logged, and they were questioned about their impressions of the brand and store experience after leaving. In news that will come as no surprise to anyone who's ever gone to Macy's on December 26th and thought, approximately thirty seconds in, 'Fuck this,' shoppers who were "lightly brushed" spent less time shopping and reported more negative associations with the brand, the merchandise, and the store. [Atlantic]
  • Michel Martin discussed the high-end trend for "African"-inspired prints with critic Robin Givhan and boutique owner Dolapo Shobanjo on NPR's Tell Me More. "I always am a little bit nervous whenever I'm warned that a designer has some sort of African inspiration because I'm sort of braced for a torrent of cliches," admitted Givhan — but she says that this time, it's different. "it's a lot more sophisticated and it's a lot more subtle. I think it's a lot smarter. There's a sense of being able to really leap in there and kind of embrace it and make it their own, which makes it more interesting and makes it more vital, I think." Shobanjo says she worries that designers are too non-specific in their references to African textiles. "I mean, none of this is new to me because I grew up in Nigeria, and this is something that I've seen before," she says. "I've seen people use African fabrics and I've seen designers be creative with the fabric. So it's quite interesting to have seen the Western world kind of embrace this new fad and have editors kind of market it as, you know, 'fresh' and 'new' and 'amazing.'" [NPR]
  • Soldiers in the U.K. find their new uniforms unflattering and unfashionable. One called it "as shapeless and uninspiring as Action Man's," referring to the G.I. Joe-esque soldier doll. [Telegraph]
  • Today is your last day to shop at Filene's Basement in Union Square, New York City. Let's all have a moment of silence for our bankrupt Filene's. What was your favorite Filene's find? [Racked]
  • Brad Goreski is now a consulting stylist for Kate Spade. [WWD]
  • Women's Health is hosting a sale on Gilt Groupe later this month. But while the items for the sale were reportedly selected by the editor-in-chief, no proceeds from the sale will go to the magazine, and none of the things for sale have been featured in Women's Health's editorial content. [WWD]