Karl Lagerfeld Thinks Newsweek Is a 'Shitty Little Paper'S

Karl Lagerfeld, perhaps unique among old people, does not like Newsweek. The Chanel designer hasn't yet forgiven the magazine for Robin Givhan's critical story of three months ago, in which the longtime fashion writer argued that the designer was "spread too thin" among his various creative directorships, projects, and collaborations. Givhan was duly punished with a bad seat at the last Chanel show and Lagerfeld told the press he'd never heard of Robin Givhan (which is ridiculously implausible, but whatever). Now, asked about the story — which ran as Newsweek's cover story in the international edition — the designer hit back at the magazine itself:

"First of all, Tina Brown's magazine is not doing well at all. She is dying. I'm sorry for Tina Brown, who was such a success at Vanity Fair to go down with a shitty little paper like this. I'm sorry."

You know what? Something gives us the impression that Karl isn't really very sorry. [WWD]
Newsweek, for the record, which famously sold for a buck in 2010, says it's doing fine and that newsstand sales and ad pages are both up since Brown took over. [Fashionista]


Karl Lagerfeld Thinks Newsweek Is a 'Shitty Little Paper'SStella McCartney and Adidas unveiled the Olympic uniforms for Team Great Britain. A host of critics say the color palette doesn't have enough red, and that the heavy reliance on blue and white makes it look more Scottish: McCartney Tweeted that the uniform "actually uses more red & shows more flag than any Team GB kit since '84." [BBC, @StellaMcCartney]
Karl Lagerfeld Thinks Newsweek Is a 'Shitty Little Paper'SMischa Barton has a new clothing line. A new and strangely expensive clothing line! Like, $175 for this weird mesh polester t-shirt expensive. [Official Site]
Karl Lagerfeld Thinks Newsweek Is a 'Shitty Little Paper'Lancôme is launching this new face cream "powered" by "rose stem cells." A scientist who works for the company says that with around 2 million rose stem cells in each jar, "you can really rejuvenate your skin down and up, at 360 degrees." 360-degree skin. At $350 for 50mL, that's less than a buck per degree, ladies. [WWD]
Karl Lagerfeld Thinks Newsweek Is a 'Shitty Little Paper'Lara Stone is on the cover of Vogue Turkey. [DS]
  • Adam Levine, who Tweeted just last year that there ought to be "an official ban on celebrity fragrances. Punishable by death from this point forward," now of course has a celebrity fragrance of his own. (With the company that does Selena Gomez's!) "Obviously, there's a financial part to this," he says of his about-face. [WWD]
  • Speaking of celebrity fragrances, when Eva Longoria launched hers in 2009, she was open about the fact that her perfume allergies prevent her from wearing fragrances or being around people who do, and that she could and did not in fact wear the perfume that bore her name. Three years and a second celebrity scent later, Longoria has refined her message. She now says her fragrance contract "was born out of necessity," because she enjoyed the challenge of formulating a magical perfume that even people with allergies, allergies to perfume, can wear. She was not, however, observed wearing the perfume during this interview. [WWD]
  • Retail analysts Deloitte say that up to 40% of brick-and-mortar stores could close over the next ten years as consumers continue to do more of their shopping online. Surviving stores could become physical-online hybrids, big boxes with really fast wi-fi. [Guardian]
  • Lily Cole is now a face of the Body Shop. [WWD]
  • French model Marie Piovesan started her career in her mid-20s, after studying fine arts and archaeology. She says she doesn't necessarily think it's wrong for teenagers to be in the business, but she's glad she was able to begin her career a little older. "If they're doing it, it's okay for them, I guess. But, I'm happy I didn't start at that age. I'm glad I was able to do other things before starting to model; you can keep distance with that, you know? When you're 15, you don't really know who you are. You're still trying to figure it all out. To do modeling, I think you have to build up in your head before you go into it. When you're older, you're able to be a bit emotionally distant from the business." [The Cut]
  • Women's Wear Daily has some more tidbits on Carine Roitfeld's as-yet unnamed magazine, which is expected to launch in September. From the horse's mouth: "There will be no 'front of the book' section and its emphasis will be 'fashion with a lot of freedom.'" [WWD]