Kate Middleton wore a blue Reiss dress to a charity event — a dress which she's either had tucked away in her closet since 2008, or which she borrowed from her mother Carole, who wore an identical one to Ascot in 2010. That seems only fair, considering we have uncovered the fact that the fascinator mama Middleton wore with the blue dress was itself reported at the time to be borrowed from Kate. There are layers upon layers here. We predict this thing goes deep. What else is this family sharing? [Grazia]
SChinese model Liu Wen returned to her native Hunan province to shoot the cover of T magazine.
In Hunan province, Liu posed at the ancient Yuelu Academy in Changsha, under a misty gray sky. Taking an optimistic view of the drizzle, she repeated an old Chinese saying: "Rain brings riches." At that moment, a group of Chinese tourists wandered through the impromptu set, trailing a woman with a microphone clipped to her collar: "Ladies and gentlemen, this way." Had she not become a model, she had planned to enter a local vocational school to become just such a tour guide. Now the crowd paid little attention to the tall slender woman wrapped for warmth in a blue parka. Only one young girl stopped and stared. Turning to a friend, she whispered, "She is so beautiful." Liu warmed to the familiar lilt of Hunan dialect.
SKarl Lagerfeld is on the new cover of i-D. [DS]
SCoach is launching a range of bags and accessories for men and women inspired by pieces from its archives called the Legacy Collection. They'll be pricey, topping out at over $1000 for a bag. [WWD]
SBlogger Suzy Bubble's Twitter activism led Topshop to pull from sale a dress that closely resembled one by the young U.K. designer Yasmin Kianfar. Bubble argued that the little-known Kianfar was "too small a designer to be aping." [Telegraph]
Does Dov Charney's 16-year-old 1985 face make you want to buy t-shirts from his company? [Copyranter]
- Your costume jewelry might be killing you. An environmental non-profit that bought costume jewelry from a variety of stores, including Forever 21, Target,
and the Gap(UPDATE: Not the Gap. Sorry, Gap) and H&M. They then tested it for hazardous chemicals found dangerous levels of toxic substances including lead and cadmium. In fact, over half of the 99 items tested had one chemical or another in an amount that would be toxic to humans. [CBS]
- The garment workers who filed a $50 million lawsuit against Alexander Wang alleging illegal treatment and working conditions filed a motion to discontinue. The lawsuit is expected to be refiled in federal court. [NYPost]
- Designer Simon Spurr abruptly left the company that he founded, and which bears his name. It's not clear whether Spurr, who was just nominated for a Council of Fashion Designers of America Award, was fired or resigned. [WWD]
- Amanda Brooks' unexplained departure from Barneys New York and move to the U.K. may have something to do with her husband, Christopher Brooks, whose brother Charlie Brooks was just arrested across the pond along with his wife Rebekah (you can see where this is going) in connection with the Rupert Murdoch hacking scandal. [The Cut]
- Is there some new rule that the New York Times can't report something that a source doesn't want known? In this profile of the marriage of art dealer Bill Powers and designer Cynthia Rowley, Rowley declines to give her age. What is unusual is that the Times doesn't take that as an opportunity to gently point out what is immediately clear to anyone who can Google, which is that Rowley is 53. What's one source that easily available fact can be traced to? Why, the New York Times! In the spring of 1996, when Rowley's
firstsecond wedding made the "Vows" section, she had no qualms about telling the paper her age; she was then 37. Maybe this unusual journalistic reticence (seriously, how hard is it to write, "Rowley, who declined to give her age, is 53 according to public records"? And move on, so the whole weird omission wouldn't go totally Streisand?) is part of the ongoing Times investigation into the question of whether reporters should actually bother reporting out assertions made by sources, or just write them all down really carefully and put them in the newspaper in a nice, friendly font. [NYTimes]
- Jean Paul Gaultier says that when he turns 60, he will joke that he is "No longer the enfant terrible! Now I am the old terrible." [Out]
- Karl Lagerfeld just launched a new Web site for his eponymous collection. [Karl.com]
- And Alexander McQueen just revamped its online home. [WWD]
- Ralph Rucci announced plans to launch a secondary line, an active wear line, and potentially a signature fragrance. "I've realized that not everyone can afford a double-faced cashmere suit," says Rucci. "I want to make other garments that more women can afford." Rucci, the only American since Mainbocher to show haute couture in Paris, has been rumored to be in financial trouble. The designer says his planned active wear line won't include anything as "predictable" as Hermès' ostrich-leather sneakers, and that he wouldn't take the job at Christian Dior even were it offered him. "I don't think Dior is looking for a fashion editor. They are looking for someone to show twice a year, to sell handbags and nail polish." [FashionEtc]
- All those hoping for a juicy memoir from Grace Coddington are bound for disappointment. "I'm not telling secret stories," says Coddington, who sold her book for a reported $1.2 million. "Not writing ugly bad things to get back at anyone. This book's not gossipy. It's more a record. I've kept a diary since I was a tiny kid trying to find my way, and going through all my written records reminds me of shoots and jogs my memory." Out in November. [NYPost]
- Rebecca Minkoff has sold a minority stake in her company to the private-equity firm TSG Consumer Partners for an undisclosed sum. [WWD]
- Warning: as soon as she's done promoting her Armani Exchange collection, Rihanna will be "pursuing" a fashion line under her own name. "I'm really pursuing a fashion line of my own. I want to design. This is also a road that I want to earn it. So I'm working with designers. Designers that I respect, and [fashion] companies that I respect. I want people to really trust me before I just say ‘Buy it, because it's mine.'" [Elle]
- Venus Williams is relaunching her fashion line, EleVen by Venus Williams. The tennis star has a degree in fashion design. [WWD]
- An actor who got two U.V.-cured gel manicures in a row says the experience left her real nails looking "awful." [NYTimes]
- And now, a moment with Woody Harrelson, who for some reason is profiled in Menswear. Harrelson's not starting a fashion line, and he doesn't, unfortunately, address the question of whether he once crashed a high school prom and took the virginity of a girl there named Roseanne. He did however spend "a couple hours" talking about raw food, getting into fights, and attempting unsuccessfully to read the reporter's mind. Still crazy, then! Here he is talking about the astral plane, which is where Woody Harrelson lives when he's not acting:
"Some people believe when you're hovering between lives, you're kind of in that ethereal state where you're just an astral body up in the other world, and you're looking down, making decisions about your life. Whoever that guy was in that other world — which I guess is the essence of me — looking down, just came up with a great plan."
Also, he apparently still believes in — or enjoys dropping unverifiable hints in interviews about — some kind of F.B.I. conspiracy involving his father, the late Charles Harrison. Harrison père was a two-time convicted murderer and organized crime figure who eventually served a life sentence for the contract killing of a federal judge.
"I definitely see how he got wronged by the government," Harrelson says of his father as he takes a deep drag on a pre-rolled joint. "I have no way of knowing what he did. I don't have any way of knowing. But I just see the way the whole trial was conducted. He got railroaded."
The harrowing experience of seeing his father tried and convicted of killing a judge, for money, on the orders of a drug lord, and being duly sentenced to life in prison, says WWD, left then college-aged Woody with a well-developed sense of "social justice." (Wonder what it left the family members of Judge John H. Wood, Jr., with?) Harrelson has previously implied that his father's actions were part of some kind of vast government conspiracy, telling Men's Journal that his father "was asked to do some special things for the government." When pressed, he said darkly, "Let's leave a little ambiguity there." [Menswear]