Marc Jacobs says he's planning to expand into cosmetics and is working with Sephora on a line.
"I see makeup, fragrance — everything, really — as an opportunity. The idea of choosing a color for your lip, or an eyeliner — it's just such a delight. The ritual of waking up and making those choices is something people really enjoy. We currently are working on defining what Marc Jacobs cosmetics will be, what they'll say, what makes them distinctive. I think that will take some time, but the first meeting was good."
No launch date has yet been set. [WWD]
Here is one minute of Bar Refaeli playing tennis in her underwear, in promotion of her new underwear line. She picks a wedgie at approximately 0:06. Cool ad, bro. [YouTube]
Crystal Renn has blonde hair now. And when it's not wet from swimming with dolphins (!), she looks kind of like Lara Stone. [HuffPo]
Lauren Conrad is topless on the cover of Glamour. [Fashionista]
Emily Blunt made the cover of British Elle. [Tom and Lorenzo]
Charlotte Gainsbourg is on the cover of the new Oyster. [Fashionista]
Anthropologie is launching 11 new limited-edition designer collaborations — including one with Karen Walker — on April 5. The wares will retail for $120-$300. [Fashionista]
- British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman says that Jennifer Aniston won't be on the cover of her magazine anytime soon.
"Somebody like Jennifer Aniston will only do an interview with copy approval and picture approval. I've never had anybody on the cover, ever, who's had copy approval and picture approval. I just don't think it's a proper thing if you do."
Shulman also says she would "definitely not" ever get vajazzled. "I'm just so pleased I'm not a young woman now. I feel very grateful that, at the time I started having sex with men, I didn't even have a bikini wax and men were lovely. Now I just think: how terrifying to be a 20-year-old and feel that you've got to be perfect and hairless and immaculate and that it's really awful. I just — eurgh — I would never have got undressed." [Guardian]
- Karl Lagerfeld allegedly apologized to Adele for calling her fat by sending her a trove of Chanel bags. Also allegedly, Lagerfeld is considering Adele for a Chanel campaign. [The Sun]
- Elizabeth Banks says that if there were one thing she could keep from Effie Trinket's closet, it would be those Alexander McQueen shoes. [Lucky]
- Thirteen articles of clothing from Whitney Houston's closet were auctioned in Los Angeles, generating over $82,000 in sales. [WWD]
- Newly relaunched Time Style & Design released a list of its "All-Time 100 Fashion Icons," which comprises designers, models, muses, and editors/critics. Included are just 10 people of color (Azzedine Alaïa, Rei Kawakubo, Issey Miyake, Naomi Campbell, Iman, Beverly Johnson, Josephine Baker, Michael Jackson, Michelle Obama, and Robin Givhan). [Time]
- Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa is doing a Macy's capsule collection called Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein. It will retail for $135-$180. Costa says he found inspiration in Brazilian architecture. So, uh, bone up on your Oscar Neimeyer, we suppose. [WWD]
- Jenny Packham, who has dressed Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie, and Kate Middleton, says that in her native England she's felt a little bit overlooked because her collections are just too darn pretty.
"The British Fashion Council has concentrated on the avant-garde, and I always felt a slight pressure to over-style or do something to draw attention to what we were showing. I remember in one show we put all these multicoloured tights with the dresses, and I just looked at them afterwards and thought, we don't need to do this."
Now she shows in New York, where commercial designers fit right in. [Telegraph]
- Simon Spurr still won't say why he left the men's wear brand that bears his name, but both sides allude to some disagreements. Meanwhile, his co-founder Judd Nydes maintains that the company will continue without Spurr. [WWD]
- Marie Claire accessories editor Kyle Anderson is still laying waste to Manhattan retail. This past weekend, he spent $4,682.40 at places including Prada, Burberry, and the Standard Grill. He also found time to watch 11 episodes of Downton Abbey. Anderson has spent $50,026.32 since the Daily Front Row started tracking his weekend spending last November. [DFR]
- For another take on luxury retail, the story of how a Senegalese immigrant named Mamadou N'Diaye started off washing dishes at Barneys New York and ended up a top jewelry salesman at Bergdorf Goodman is kind of heartwarming. [BI]
- Founding Lucky editor Kim France has launched a new blog, Girls of a Certain Age. [WWD]
- Latvian model Kristine Drinke says getting the Balenciaga exclusive last season was a long and involved process. At a pre-casting one month before show season, she flew to Paris.
"It was Nicholas [Guesquière, creative director] and Ashley [Brokaw, casting director]. My booker said, 'Show your personality.' But when I got there they changed everybody into a black dress and pulled our hair back. So I just tried to smile and be myself. But they just took my picture quickly and had me walk once. I don't even think I had time to say my name. I couldn't see their expressions and they said, 'OK, thank you, we'll contact you.' So I was not getting my hopes up."
There followed another pre-casting in New York, then three fashion weeks went by — New York, London, and Milan — during which Drinke's agency did not put her forward for any shows, per Balenciaga's requirements. Then came the news that Drinke had booked the brand's looks — with no commitment for the show, her booker warned. And then, 10 p.m. the night before its Paris show, Balenciaga booked her. [WWD]
- Prada designed the uniforms for the Italian Olympic sailing team. The company is hardly new to outfitting sailors: it memorably fielded America's Cup challenger teams in 2000, 2003, and 2007. [FashionEtc]
- Glen Senk abruptly left as C.E.O. of troubled chain Urban Outfitters last year. And he made a mint doing it:
Senk collected $942,000 in salary, a $5,000 bonus, $3,000 in other compensation and 1.6 million in option awards, with a value of $16.9 million, that vested during Urban's 2012 fiscal year, according to the company's proxy, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Monday.
- And now, a moment with Vogue editor Hamish Bowles, who explains how Sarah Burton lied to Anna Wintour's face about making Kate Middleton's wedding dress:
"Anna looked Sarah in the eye — an experience that would jelly the marrow of bigger people – and asked, 'Are you designing Kate Middleton's dress?' and Sarah said, 'I am not designing the dress.' So Anna was telling everyone, 'Sarah told me she's not doing the dress, so she's not doing the dress.' Now Anna admits Sarah did an amazing job."
Bowles also says that the whole Alexander McQueen fall-winter 2011 collection, which featured numerous elaborate, white evening gowns, was a cover for what became known around the McQueen offices as the "White Dress Project." The collection justified deliveries of large amounts of white silk, lace, and other bridal fabrics. [Grazia]