Remember that rumor that Anna Wintour had "banned" Kim Kardashian from Vogue and from the Met Ball, forcing Kanye to go stag? It apparently isn't a ban that extends to the international editions of the fashion bible. Kardashian Tweeted this photo, which she says came from an "Amazing shoot today for Vogue Italia!", CC'ing the stylist and the photographer. [@KimKardashian]
But Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani soon clarified, also on Twitter, that the shoot was for L'uomo Vogue. Keep trying, Kim. [@FrancaSozzani]
The new issue of American Vogue, meanwhile, is Olympic-themed, and stars three athletes on its cover: Serena Williams, swimmer Ryan Lochte, and soccer player Hope Solo. [TFS]
Inside, Karlie Kloss has an editorial with Lochte, basketball player Dwyane Wade, twin doubles tennis players Bob and Mike Bryan, decathlete Ashton Eaton, and gymnast Jonathan Horton. Vogue last used the model-perched-on-a-basketball-hoop visual trope, by the way, with Caroline Trentini in 2007. [Vogue.com]
Fashionista has a look inside the costume department of the New York City Ballet. Eighteen full-time seamstresses built tutus and sewed costumes for the company's new production of Symphony in C. It takes about a week to make one tutu. [Fashionista]
Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino's Urban Outfitters collection is now on sale. [Lucky]
- H&M is really sad you didn't like the tan it gave Isabeli Fontana. "We are sorry if we have upset anyone with our latest swimwear campaign. It was not our intention to show off a specific ideal or to encourage dangerous behaviour, but was instead to show off our latest summer collection," says the fast-fashion chain. [NYDN]
- A Marc Jacobs store was vandalized by graffiti artist Kidult last week, who spray-painted "ART" over the facade in huge, pink letters. Now, Jacobs is selling t-shirts that say "ART by MARC JACOBS" below a photo of the damage. The t-shirts cost $689. Kidult is mad. He Tweeted, "@MarcJacobsIntl ... ??? LET'S PLAY, but we don't play the same rules!" [The Cut]
- The boutique Opening Ceremony is launching a print magazine called OC Annual. The first issue will drop in August, and will be themed around sports in honor of the Olympics, which will be wrapping up in London on August 12. Bruce Weber is among the photographers already confirmed. Store co-founder Carol Lim wrote in an internal memo about the project, "We want to make a magazine that will appeal to kids in Nebraska as much as industry people." [WWD]
- There was a rumor that legendary model and actress Marisa Berenson, who happens to be Elsa Schiaparelli's granddaughter, didn't attend the Met Ball in honor of the exhibition showcasing the work of Schiaparelli and Prada because she wasn't invited. Not true, says Berenson — she's working on "projects" in Kenya, but she hopes to see the exhibit when she gets back to New York. [P6]
- Camuto Group, which holds the master license for the Jessica Simpson brand, has inked another deal for a new product category: maternity wear. Someone reads Star magazine. Camuto is still claiming, and Women's Wear Daily is still dutifully reporting, that this will be the year that the Jessica Simpson brand generates $1 billion in retail sales across its 24 product categories. Camuto made the $1 billion sales claim in 2010 and 2011, but fell significantly short. Maybe third time's the charm. [WWD]
- Carine Roitfeld is being filmed for a new documentary about her post-Vogue Paris projects and the putting-together of her new print project, CR. [ScreenDaily]
- Alexander Wang opened his second store in the world, and he did it in Beijing. "My mom is so excited," the designer said. His mother lives in Shanghai. "She was the first one who told me, back in the day, ‘One day China is going to be a fashion capital and you will be back here.'" Wang flew Zoe Kravitz, Penn Badgley, Diplo, and A$ap Rocky (whom the Google just informed us is actually not, in fact, Aesop Rock's new alter ego, but a whole separate person — whodathunkit) over for the party. Wang plans to open two stores in Shanghai later this year. [WWD]
- Canadian model Grace Mahary, whose parents are from Eritrea, came to the industry after an on-court injury (she lost a tooth to an opponent's elbow) ended her nascent basketball career. Mahary walked the Givenchy show exclusively in Paris this past season. She says, "My mom is absolutely ecstatic about [it]; she was the one that was like, [drops in accent] "Why do you need to play basketball, why? Be a girl." Sorry, Mom, for the accent." [The Cut]
- Louis Vuitton is apparently adding stationery to its product assortment. [WWD]
- Tina Fey praises makeup artists thusly: "You need the eyes of an artist, the hands of a surgeon, and the firm but tactful demeanor of a women's prison gynecologist." [Fashionista]
- Well, here's a blast from the past: '80s designer Romeo Gigli is still alive and apparently in control of his trademarks. He's launching a collection this fall with the Asian retailer Joyce. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with Grace Coddington. Grace, you were one of the late Vidal Sassoon's hair models in the 1960s. How do you remember that time?
"I started working with him doing hair shows. We traveled to all the funny little towns all over England, where the local hairdressers did these huge hairdos, sprayed blue or green or pink, in shapes like ships with pearls on them and the most crazy things. Then on walks Vidal, with me and a couple of different models, and he starts cutting our hair on stage."
And then he came up with that geometric bob, the "five-point cut," right?
"The cut gave you a certain freedom. You weren't chained to the salon, and you certainly didn't have to go and have it set with big rollers under a hair dryer for a couple of hours. He did it with a hand-held hair dryer, so it wasn't quite drip-dry, but it was remarkable. It was a cut so precisely worked out that, no matter which way you shook it, there was never a sort of long piece hanging over the wrong side."
Coddington says that before Sassoon, she also worked with "traditional" London hairdressers — "people like Raymond, Mr. Teasy-Weasy, and those." Mr. Teasy-Weasy! [NYTimes]