Essence magazine talked to Solange Knowles for its June issue, and the portion of the interview dealing with the singer/DJ/auntie-of-Blue Ivy's hair was reposted on the natural hair blog Curly Nikki. Knowles said uncontroversial and nice-sounding things like, "I actually love my natural hair when it's in a twist out and it's been slept on for five days and revived by the steam of the shower" and offered friendly encouragement to any black woman who wanted to "go natural." Blog commenters promptly assailed Knowles for having "dry, unstyled and unshaped" hair. Several suggested she needed a twist-out to give her hair greater curl definition and to use more products for shine. "I'm going to say it," wrote one. "Natural hair can be VERY beautiful. Solange's hair is not. Even if she wore an afro, pick it out even or something. It always looks unkempt." Wrote another, "This is why people think natural hair looks bad." The thread grew long and unruly.
Knowles was alerted to it via this post on Twitter. She responded:
I've never painted myself as a team natural vice president. I don't know the lingo and I don't sleep with a satin cap...However, I did noticed when I picked out my hair, I kept seeing feedback about needing a "twist out". Connnnfesssioonnn: I HATE twist outs. Correction, I hate the way they look on me. SO i end up always picking them/steaming them out. Look, all i'm saying is. My hair is not very important to me....so i don't encourage it to be important to you.
- Lady Gaga is rumored to be Vogue's choice for a September cover — widely considered the most important cover of the year. Gaga first graced the magazine in March, 2011, and her issue was the second-biggest seller of the year. The news peg is the Lady's first perfume, the "blood and semen"-scented Monster, which comes out this fall. [WWD]
- Vogue Ukraine is coming. Vogue will launch its 20th global edition within the next 12 months. [Vogue UK]
- Fashion Star, that hard-to-follow reality show from NBC, has been renewed for a second season. Nicole Richie is staying on as a judge. [WWD]
- Jennifer Saunders is writing an Absolutely Fabulous movie script, and she hopes that Kate Moss — who guest-starred in one of the cult comedy's special holiday episodes last year — will be back for a cameo. [Vogue UK]
- The latest in the lawsuit over Burberry's Facebook post of a licensed film still from Casablanca showing Humphrey Bogart wearing a trenchcoat: the actor's son says the coat was probably made by Aquascutum, anyway. [Telegraph]
- Hussein Chalayan is entering into a collaboration with Turkish denim brand Mavi. His line will hit stores in November, priced at $160-$200 for jeans, dresses, and separates. [WWD]
- According to the new book Overdressed by reporter Elizabeth L. Cline, the average American family spends $1700 on clothing annually — the smallest amount, as a percentage of income, in history. It's well known that clothing prices have plummeted in real terms since the 1960s and '70s thanks to the industry's migration away from countries with labor standards and towards ever-lower-wage economies with lower taxes and none of those pesky environmental regulations. For that $1700, we own more items of clothing than ever — i.e., a lot of cheap crap that we don't really need. So, we woke up inside a set of economic conditions resulting from discrete policy choices that sold out the U.S. middle class and exploited the third world, mistook those conditions for the natural way of things, and came to believe we had a fundamental right as Americans to console ourselves by buying $9.99 t-shirts sewn by Honduran children. And lots of 'em. What else is new? [NYPost]
- Leelee Sobieski's men's wear designer husband Adam Kimmel has announced he'll be suspending his line for 12 months after delivering orders of this fall's collection. [WWD]
- Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana will face trial for $1 billion tax evasion in Italy over alleged irregularities in the 2004 transfer of their company to a Luxembourg holding company. [Reuters]
- Whoa: Michael Kors saw fourth quarter revenues rise to $43.6 million (from $13.6 million during the same period one year ago). Revenue increased 60.2%, to $362.9 million, off of same-store sales that rose 36.1%. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with Simon Doonan at the gym. Simon, what is an appropriate gym-going outfit?
"Where better to wear an Ed Hardy t-shirt than at the gym? Because you need to be ferocious and sassy."
Later, Doonan explains, "The bench press is very important because these..."
He gestures to his pectorals.
"...will end up here..."
He touches his belly.
"...if you don't do this."
"There's no special fetish clubs for people who like man-boobs."
We wouldn't be so sure about that, Simon. Rule 34. [The Cut]