Jennifer Lopez wears a variety of swimsuits in the new issue of Vogue. Surprise! Jennifer Lopez looks good in a swimsuit! [Vogue.com]
Benetton has reached a settlement with the Catholic Church, which was upset by its "Unhate" ad campaign. The campaign included images of various world leaders doctored to show them embracing, including the Pope and an Egyptian cleric. Benetton has apologized, donated to a charity of the church's choice, and pledges not to use the Pope's image in any future campaigns without the Vatican's consent. [WWD]
Julia Restoin Roitfeld has given birth to her baby with Robert Konjic. Congratulations to the new parents. [@DerekBlasberg]
Here's another costume design from Rodarte's work on the upcoming L.A. Philharmonic production of Don Giovanni. [WWD]
- The FDA has given sunscreen makers an extra six months to comply with new, stricter labeling regulations. [Time]
- Gabrielle Union has a bone to pick with Jersey Shore:
"I think there are certain shows, perhaps on TV, where the GTL lifestyle is promoted as the optimal look. And in reality you're exposing yourself to skin cancer. The first burn you're putting yourself on the path to danger. It's all fun and games until you have skin cancer. GTL only goes so far until you have to go to skin cancer treatments — and the moles start changing and the cute Cindy Crawford ones become Melanoma."
All tanning is sun damage. [BH]
- The Times' Eric Wilson has a long, detailed, and balanced profile of Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz. In 2000, Elbaz was fired from when Gucci Group acquired Yves Saint Laurent, where he had been Saint Laurent's hand-picked successor. Twelve years later, Elbaz got the chance to make one of the men responsible for that decision, former Gucci executive and current Barneys C.E.O. Mark Lee, squirm:
Mr. Lee had been part of the Gucci team that took over YSL, when Mr. Elbaz still had two years remaining on his contract. It had been a tough moment for him, particularly when he read an anonymous comment in Women's Wear Daily, based on reports that Mr. Ford was about to take over the collection, that quoted someone in the Gucci camp saying, "If you buy a Ferrari, you don't ask your friend to drive it."
As the guests, mostly the top editors of fashion magazines, began to arrive at the party, Mr. Elbaz experienced what he later described as an anxiety attack.
"I was sitting in the car for 15 minutes, just because, you know, these people were coming for me," Mr. Elbaz said.
When he finally went upstairs, the night became something of a comedy of errors. An artwork propped against a wall fell over and smashed when a stiff wind blew through the penthouse apartment. Sparklers on a birthday cake set off the fire alarm, drawing a less-than-amused response from the fire department. A toilet overflowed. Of all moments, this was the one when Mr. Elbaz chose to settle an old score.
"Just to remind everybody," Mr. Elbaz said as the cake was cut, "Mark fired me 12 years ago."
Wilson writes that the remark "sucked the air out of the room." We're Team Elbaz on this. [NYTimes]
- Designer Robert Tagliapietra explains how he and his husband/design partner Jeffrey Costello met:
"Well it was 1994. We saw each other at the The Sound Factory [a club in New York] one night and were both too shy to talk to each other. And it went on like that for three weeks. And finally one of our friends — he's around here somewhere, actually — said 'You're not leaving until you introduced yourselves.' So we did and we've been together ever since."
- Weirdly, a trend story from 2006 in which various young women discuss why they dress all '50s, like Bettie Page, seems to have been reprinted word-for-word in today's New York Times. [NYTimes]
- Amanda Lepore cut the line at the Christian Louboutin sample sale, angering many of the 300 women who'd been waiting since 5:30 a.m. in the rain. [P6]
- W fashion and style director Edward Enninful is profiled and roundly praised by his boss, Stefano Tonchi. [NYTimes]
- People's Revolution founder and reality TV star Kelly Cutrone Tweeted, "One of my old assistants is getting arrested this week for grand larceny — stealing money from People's — cannot wait — revenge is sweet." Then she Tweeted @ some dude called HussyChildPlz, who may or may not be the former employee in question, "you better run cause you are going down CLOWN." [Fashionista]
- Vogue did a shopping guide to dressing like the characters on Girls, should you need any tips on looking like a broke New York hipster (in $347 pants). [Vogue.com]
- Someone named Kara Laricks won the reality show Fashion Star. [WWD]
- Longtime Australian Vogue editor Kirstie Clements has been fired. Vogue hired the editor of Australian Harper's Bazaar, Edwina McCann, to replace her. [SMH]
- The Times ran another story about Julia Bluhm and the feminist group SPARK's campaign against unrealistic airbrushing in Seventeen magazine, which we covered when it broke. It is remarkably similar in tone, news value, and content to the story the Times ran about Julia Bluhm and the feminist group SPARK's campaign against unrealistic airbrushing in Seventeen magazine ten days ago. [NYTimes]
- Ecosalon takes a closer look at Stella McCartney's oft-touted commitment to environmental sustainability — and finds it lacking, most notably in the area of McCartney's long collaboration with sweatshop-user Adidas. [Ecosalon]
- St. John is for sale. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with writer Emma Straub, who reflects on the bankruptcy of Betsey Johnson and the closure of the majority of the brand's boutiques. "It makes me really sad to think that young girls won't have the same experience I did, prancing around in their sock feet while older, wiser girls cheer them on," writes Straub.
It wasn't just the flattering cut of the clothes that I loved, with the bell-shaped sleeves and the high, small waists. It was the entire philosophy, which was something along the lines of "Girls Are Fun and Awesome and Let's Dress Up Every Single Day." All the women who worked at Betsey were cool — black hair, tattoos, high heels, corseted waists, and hourglass bodies spilling out all over the place, which was in stark contrast to the neutral tones and boxy garments the other women in the neighborhood favored. The salesgirls enthusiastically encouraged my every outfit, and we would twirl around together, the bright cabbage roses on the wallpaper our backdrop.