Dov Charney inserted himself into the Chinese-made-U.S.-Olympic-uniforms story last week when he told the New York Post that his company, American Apparel, was "in talks" with the Russian Olympic Committee to manufacture Team Russia's uniforms for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The juicy, newsy tidbit — for color, Charney added that the Russians "said they didn't want anything made in China" — was widely picked up, including by us, and even made the ABC evening news. The only problem is it isn't true.
"The Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee is not in negotiations with American Apparel for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi," says a spokesperson for the committee, which already has a uniform vendor under contract through 2016. "The official outfitter of the Russian team up to 2016 is the company Bosco Sport." Bosco Sport says it manufactured the Russian uniforms for the London Olympics in Europe and Asia.
The American Apparel founder, however, is sticking to his story. Charney maintains that he was contacted by "an organization that is connected to the government" and says "nothing has been signed, but we're in dialogue." Sure. [WWD]
Here's a video showing how Lady Gaga's perfume is made: by shirtless male models in a black-and-white Paris laboratory. (Not really.) [YouTube]
Kate Upton wears a blazer, a tie, and some horrendous blue eyeshadow on the cover of the U.K.'s Sunday Times magazine. [E!]
- Marc Jacobs went to mainland China for the first time this week to open a new Louis Vuitton store. The visit comes just weeks after the Marc Jacobs brand name was trending on Weibo, the so-called Chinese Twitter, because of the company's Free Tibet-branded products. There were even mentions of a boycott. Jacobs said it reminded him of pushback he'd gotten from Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy executives over his anti-George W. Bush store window displays. "I guess politics and fashion, you've always got to be a bit careful because somebody's going to get offended or somebody's going to feel it isn't right," says the designer. "I don't want to sound stupid or ignorant or anything, but I spend my time in the studio choosing fabric and colors and trying to figure out what we're going to make.…If you want to avoid controversy, you just don't do [political] things like that." [WWD]
- There is speculation that the Spice Girls might reunite to perform at the London Olympics closing ceremony. [Telegraph]
- Victoria Beckham was asked about the rumor on a radio show, and replied, "I would love nothing more. It would be great. I don't know about a comeback tour but I loved being back with the girls. If they're up for something, then I certainly am." [Grazia]
- Stella McCartney is going to fund a scholarship for exceptional students at her alma mater, Central St. Martins. McCartney will offer £25,000 of funding each year to an unknown number of students, and will also offer a one-year paid internship at her fashion house. [Telegraph]
- Peter Som will no longer be consulting on the women's wear collection that walks at New York fashion week under the Tommy Hilfiger brand name. Simon Spurr, who holds an analogous consultant position for Tommy Hilfiger men's wear, will remain. [WWD]
- 18-year-old model Madison Headrick says she approaches modeling as a business. "I have annual father-daughter business meetings," she says. "He always said you have to be a businesswoman first, model second. You have to know your stuff. I still applied to colleges — I have my acceptance letters, so I have a plan B. I have this right now, and if anything happens I can always fall back. I promised him I'm going to college no matter what — even if I'm 40!" Headrick made her runway debut as an exclusive for Prada, so we'd say her business has a good chance of success. [The Cut]
- Vanessa Williams is launching a skincare line with QVC. [WWD]
- Beauty companies are expanding their range of offerings in an attempt to court multi-ethnic consumers. L'Oréal, for example, added 14 new colors to its TrueMatch line of foundation. According to census data, the number of Americans identifying as members of more than one race rose by 32% from 2000 to 2010. [WWD]
- British women wear, on average, the highest heels in Europe. The average British woman wears 3.3" heels. France has the lowest average heels, at 2.4" — meaning those French women could really step up their game. (Sorry.) [Vogue UK]
- Brunello Cucinelli reported 16.1% year-on-year revenue growth in the first six months of the year. Sales topped $174.4 million. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with Sergio Rossi. Sergio, do you feel like comfort gets the attention it deserves in the field of designer footwear?
"I think that I am one of the few designers that say that comfort is important for shoes. The whole point of high heels is to make the woman even more beautiful- a femme fatale when she walks in a room and down the street. If she doesn't walk properly and isn't comfortable it won't work. I think sometimes women don't pay enough attention to whether or not it is comfortable. Shoes are made to move and walk."