Blake Lively — who was only just gushing to us about how Chanel didn't just make a nice handbag, "It's a quilted case full of lipstick, love letters, and the dreams and possibilities that I have always felt every time I see that beautiful 'CC'" — has defected to a rival luxury brand. She's now going to be a face of a Gucci perfume. Presumably it smells like money. [Telegraph]
MAC just added 65 new nail polish colors . Look at them all. Purrrrrrrty. [WWD ]
Prada is releasing some t-shirts with artist Vahram Muratyan . [Vogue UK ]
Candice Swanepoel stars in the fall Versace Jeans campaign. [WWD ]
- Pierre Bergé, Yves Saint Laurent's surviving partner, is just gosh-darn thrilled about all the changes Hedi Slimane is making at the label. Slimane is renaming Yves Saint Laurent "Saint Laurent Paris," though the YSL logo will remain, and is moving the company's creative headquarters from Paris to Los Angeles. "I'm very happy," says the notoriously cantankerous Bergé. "I am happy that Stefano Pilati is gone, just as I was happy when Tom Ford left." Plus: "The creative studio is in a designer's head, it resides within the person. Hedi lives in Los Angeles. He should be left to do fashion in a city he likes." [WWD]
- Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani has been named a goodwill ambassador for the U.N.'s new "Fashion 4 Development" (egads, that name) project. That is, apparently, "a new United Nations initative which aims to encourage fashion leaders to work on sustainable development schemes." [Telegraph]
- Council of Fashion Designers of America award-winning young designer Doo-Ri Chung will no longer be involved with the fashion label she founded in 2003, Doo.Ri. The business's majority owners, Tharanco Group, may turn the brand into a licensing operation. No explanation for the move was given. [WWD]
- Among the perhaps lesser-known provisions of the new farm bill the Senate passed this week are an extension of a modest government subsidy extended to U.S. cotton textile mills, and the amendment of cotton farm subsidies (which were last year found to violate World Trade Organization agreements). [WWD]
- Jennifer Aniston might make another couple mill being the face of Aveeno if a rumored deal goes through. [P6]
- Karlie Kloss talks about wearing Dior to her prom, ballet, being really tall, and how she juggled high school while becoming a supermodel. "Sometimes I just don't understand fashion at all!" she laughs. "You're becoming a different person eight times in the same day. So I think that sometimes, I dunno, maybe at the end of the day I take all my makeup off and hair and I'm like 'Karlie? Hang on, have we met? I dunno, I haven't seen you for a while, how ya been?'" [W]
- Nicole Richie's celebrity is entering the inevitable perfume phase. [WWD]
- More fine dust emerging from the rumor mill: Lana Del Rey is reportedly shooting a campaign for H&M. [P6]
- Agness Deyn and Giovani Ribisi got married at the Los Angeles county courthouse. It seems nobody even knew they were dating. Stealthy! [Crown City News]
- Bad news for discount shoppers still reeling from the loss of our beloved Filene's Basement: the Daffy's chain is said to be in financial trouble. Apparently, it has had to tell creditors it can't pay its May invoices, and has not yet been able to place orders for fall stock. [WWD]
- Marion Cotillard is rumored be on the August cover of Vogue, if you care about August covers. [Fashionista]
- Train, subway, and airport ground crew strikes will likely turn Milan into even more of a transit hellhole than usual during men's fashion week. [WWD]
- Milliner Sylvia Fletcher hates your fascinator. Royal Ascot has a new dress code rule that fascinators are no longer permitted — full hats only, please.
But how does one define a fascinator, exactly — the ones like these feather-y contraptions first popularized in America after they appeared on Kate Middleton's locks? The races' official definition refers to headpieces that "do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head," with said "sufficient area" specified as four inches, or 10 centimeters. Fletcher, meanwhile, prefers this definition, uttered with palpable distaste: "I regard fascinators as a couple of feathers and a small veil."
- Could "social gaming" be the new "social" online thingamajiggy that brands have to pretend to care about? Eh, why not. It's Friday. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with New Zealand model Ashleigh Good. Ashleigh, what were you doing the week before you got scouted and ended up booking a runway exclusive for Givenchy?
"I had actually just gotten a job one week before I moved here, at a call center for an insurance company. I feel like I have a good phone manner — it was fun, and I was really excited about working there. I said, actually, to my friend when I went to the interview, "I hope I get this job because it's going to change me ... it'll be a really good, full-time job." Little did I know things would change in this way!"