Editor Knocks Off Own Closet For Fancy Namesake Clothing LineS

Former Marie Claire editor, favorite subject of street-style photographers the world over, and newly named artistic director of online high-end shopping site Moda Operandi Taylor Tomasi Hill has been caught red-handed doing something very un-high-end: copying designer fashions. For the new collection Tomasi Hill "designed" for Hong Kong-based department store Lane Crawford, it appears she knocked off a Marc by Marc Jacobs dress from 2008. And as if that weren't enough, Tomasi Hill also copied a blue striped Comme des Garçons shirt — a Comme des Garçons shirt she just happens to have been photographed wearing, by the Sartorialist, in 2009. This is far from the first time a non-designer has been caught knocking off her own clothes for a namesake line — Rachel Zoe, Kate Moss, Lindsay Lohan, and Rachel Bilson have been documented doing the same — but it is a bit unusual that Tomasi Hill copied things that are practically brand new. The smarter knock-off artist always copies vintage things; it's harder to get caught, and there's always the defense that you were just bringing back into style (albeit uncredited) something that hadn't been in stores for decades. [Elle, Fashionista]


People praises these St. John ads with Kate Winslet with these words: "For cynics who assume that all celebrity advertorials undergo extensive Photoshopping, check out this newly released image from Kate Winslet‘s spring campaign for St. John." Which is just bizarre, because to our eye, the print ads look about as Fotoshop-by-Adobé'd as your average cosmetics campaign. Winslet is returning for her second season as the face of the brand; we just realized this probably means she'll have to wear St. John to a major awards show this season, like Angelina Jolie did (Golden Globes) when she was the face. Oh, God, that was so boring. [People]
Editor Knocks Off Own Closet For Fancy Namesake Clothing LineMeanwhile, here's Gwyneth Paltrow's new Coach ad. [Grazia]
In this cute Marc Jacobs video, watch an underwear-clad male model stalk and subdue clothing in the wild. Well, on a lawn dotted with palm trees. But you know. [YouTube]
Editor Knocks Off Own Closet For Fancy Namesake Clothing LineAndré Leon Talley's live-Tweet of the New Hampshire primary is worth revisiting. He calls Ron Paul "Dangerous" and says that "to me [he] is a man who represents the old Southern degenerates of non Civil Rights." Talley also calls Jon Huntsman "intelligent, but bogus-y to the hilt," refers to Newt Gingrich as Ginggrind, and Rick Perry as "Perry Cowboy." He also says, "Never forget Rick Santorum wanted to negate the existence of Black by new label, Blah people." This Talley calls, "inacceptable." Naturally, he also found time to praise Rachel Maddow's "great smokey eyeshadow." [@OfficialALT]
Prabal Gurung produced this neat little video for its pre-fall collection, starring Hanne Gaby Odiele, Ming Xi, Kate King, and Alanna Zimmer. [YouTube]
Editor Knocks Off Own Closet For Fancy Namesake Clothing LineMichael Fassbender and football player Mario Balotelli are on the covers of L'Uomo Vogue that are not occupied by Lady Gaga this month. [Vogue.It]
Editor Knocks Off Own Closet For Fancy Namesake Clothing LineIf you're anything like us, you really, really want to read about Hahn-Bin's makeup. He says that he started getting into cosmetics at 14, when he moved to New York to study as Itzhak Perlman's protégé. "I would spend the whole day at school, practicing, studying. I found as much time as I could between classes to escape to the downtown boutiques and to the M.A.C. store. I know there is obviously the one at Sixty-seventh Street, right next to Juilliard, but I liked the one in SoHo; it had a much broader selection of colors, which Upper West Side people do not use. I was living a double life where I was very much doing what other people expected of me on stage, and then once I would get off stage, I would all of a sudden dress up in Jeremy Scott and put on lots of makeup, and glitter, and high heels. So it was the opposite of how I am now in a way, because now that I am revealing so much on the stage, it's become this character, almost like a guardian angel for me — this person I created through makeup and fashion and colors. And I think that was what liberated me both personally and professionally." [Vogue.com]
  • There's a new web site devoted to the Hunger Games fashion: it doesn't really have a lot of content yet, but the password is #lookyourbest. [CapitolCouture]
  • Hey, so, there are like these, like, dudes who write about fashion? On the Internet? Yeah, I know, crazy, right? But they're, like, really into it. And get this: they're also, like, straight-heterosexual about it? Yeah. Dudes. Who like fashion — no homo. You dig? [NYTimes]
  • Speaking of dudes, Carine Roitfeld guest-edited the issue of VMan that comes out next month, and she shot some "real people" for it. "A few celebs, chefs, mechanics, architects, a fireman," to be specific, according to Women's Wear Daily. The issue comes with a calendar that features Victoria's Secret models styled as pin-ups. [WWD]
  • Zappos quietly got rid of its free overnight shipping. Now the quickest free shipping option is standard 4-5 day. [Refinery29]
  • One thousand people joined a protest outside Dolce & Gabbana's Hong Kong store claiming the brand had engaged in discrimination by having its security guards prevent Hong Kong residents from taking photos of the store façade, even from the public street, while allowing foreign tourists (specifically, tourists from mainland China) to take similar photos. In a vaguely worded statement, Dolce & Gabbana denied it discriminates against anyone, except presumably those too poor to afford its products. [WWD]
  • Whitney Port is showing her fashion line, Whitney Eve, in a solo show at New York fashion week this season for the first time. [The Cut]