On the eve of what would have surely been a very entertaining trial, Christie Brinkley and architect Peter Cook have reached a settlement in the nasty litigation stemming from their incredibly acrimonious 2008 divorce. Cook's lawyer claimed his client was "completely vindicated" in the agreement and said that Brinkley had been ordered to pay compensation to Cook for bringing a "meritless" lawsuit. Brinkley's lawyer says that this is not true, and that under the settlement, Cook was "forced to pay his child support arrears rather than face the consequences of the Court." The settlement also appoints an intermediary to oversee their child custody arrangement. Brinkley herself wrote on her Facebook wall:
I "moved on" from my marriage to Peter Cook the moment a police offer tapped me on the shoulder and informed me that "my husband had been cheating on me in a two year affair with his 17 year-old-daughter."
Wait, wasn't it an 18-year-old employee? Whom he secretly taped having sex, without her consent? (We only mention this because very woman we've ever known who's been cheated on is cursed with perfect recall of the pertinent details.) Brinkley already paid Cook around $2.1 million in the divorce settlement, called Cook's further litigation an attempt at "extortion." "I had a prenup, a confidentiality agreement, and a 'civility clause' that all cost a lot of money," she wrote. They "were for all intents and purposes ignored and useless."
In a late night settlement, I finally won the right to establish boundaries with provisions such as an intermediary to deal with email bullying, verbal and emotional abuse. I am hopeful the steps taken will now protect my Constitutional right to quiet enjoyment and peace and serve as a template for the courts to help others avoid the lengthy trials and tribulations that cost taxpayers money, and at a cost to families that CAN be calculated in dollars. But its [sic] the emotional toll which can only be measured in tears that must be considered by the courts and media alike.
In court, meanwhile, the following exchange occurred between Brinkley and Cook's new wife:
"When you find out he's been cheating on you, I'll be here for you," Brinkley seethed at Cook's new wife, Suzanne Shaw. The supermodel bent down and touched the brunette stunner's hand with mock tenderness as she delivered the withering slam.
"Come up with a new line," Shaw retorted as a self-satisfied Brinkley sashayed away with her heels clicking down the courtroom hallway.
Shaw "responded," inevitably, with a statement to ABC news that read in part:
Your spiteful vengeance and continued punishment of Peter no longer fits the crime of his parenthetical infidelity against you 6 years ago. In fact, it never did. You are one of many women who have been cheated on, but one of few who have chosen to disgrace her entire family because of it.
- In just over a year as a Duchess, Kate Middleton has reportedly spent £35,000 on clothing for official engagements (including well-publicized pieces from Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham, and Reiss). Her clothing budget is covered by Prince Charles, and he is set to make public his annual expense report this week. [Telegraph]
- In other Kate Middleton news, the Queen has updated the royal family's official protocol to mandate that Middleton must curtsy to all "princesses by birth" when not accompanied by her husband. And whether Wills is there or not, she must always curtsy to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. But: Sophie, the Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward's wife, will have to curtsy to her under all circumstances. Christmas dinner at their place must involve more up-and-down than a Catholic mass. [Telegraph]
- Tomorrow's auction of some of Daphne Guinness's designer wardrobe may set records by selling well above their estimates, according to Christie's curator Pat Frost. All proceeds will go to the Isabella Blow Foundation, to support emerging U.K. designers. [Vogue UK]
- Some Japanese apparel companies are investing in the earthquake and tsunami-devastated northern region to turn the former rice paddies there into cotton farms. The first harvest of Tohoku organic cotton had a small yield of only around 1,000 pounds, but it is hoped that cotton will eventually thrive there because it has a much higher tolerance for salty soil than rice does, and the land was left salty by the tsunami. [WWD]
- Mary Katrantzou, on knock-offs: "I've gone through stages. First, flattery — a high street store is copying you! Then a sense of injustice — someone has taken your idea and made it in a form that is not as good quality. But you can't take it personally; everyone is being copied, and I don't have the budget to sue." She adds, "when you put 'lampshade skirt' in google, you get 'ASOS'! It's so unfair!" Indeed, you do. [Telegraph]
- Net-A-Porter just opened a U.S. headquarters. Founder Natalie Massenet says that the company has seen 73% year-on-year growth in the U.S. The company's total annual sales volume is estimated by outside sources at $500 million. Women's Wear Daily says Net-A-Porter and its sister sites The Outnet and Mr. Porter are "built upon the merger of content and commerce" and Massenet, a former editor at Tatler, makes no bones about that: "Magazines are the marketing arm of the retail industry, and retailers weren't able to reach out to their consumers in the same way that magazines could. I've always said that stores will become magazines and magazines will become stores. Now you see it everywhere." [WWD]
- Iris Law, the 11-year-old daughter of Jude Law and Sadie Frost, says that she and Lila Grace, the 9-year-old daughter of Kate Moss and editor Jefferson Hack, love — like lots of kids — to play dress-up. But when they play dress-up, it's for imaginary photo shoots. "My god-sister, Lila, and I have got into the habit of creating little photo shoots every time we see each other. I enjoy this, because it's everything I love in one go: it's creative, it makes you think," says Iris. "It's fashion." [Telegraph]
- Discount store Daffy's, which has been struggling to pay its bills, may be looking for a buyer. Meanwhile, the store's buyers — who have not been able to place orders for fall stock — were reportedly told yesterday to "go on vacation." [WWD]
- Here is a dreamy, black-and-white behind-the-scenes video of the shoot for one of the editorials in Carine Roitfeld's forthcoming magazine, CR Fashion Book. [The Cut]
- American Eagle Outfitters cast some "real people" in its back-to-school seasonal ad campaign. They include a magazine editor, a surfer, a contractor, a basketball player, a student, an actress, and an artist. [WWD]
- One of the fashion blogosphere's best-known couples has parted ways. Rumi Neely of Fashiontoast and her boyfriend of more than five years, Colin Sokol, have broken up. A fan asked Neely on Formspring if she was still dating Sokol and she replied, "No, I'm not." Sokol, who took most of the photos on Fashiontoast, confirmed the split on his Twitter. As recently as June 21, they were Tweeting at each other, and a month ago Sokol called Neely "My love" while posting an Instagram picture of the couple embracing. [@colinsokol, Formspring]
- U.S. Customs seized a shipment of fake Levi's jeans worth around $193,000 in Texas. [WWD]