Kate Middleton topped Vanity Fair's annual best-dressed list. The magazine did not get an interview with the Duchess, so the cover story is a round-up of thinly sourced information concerning H.R.H's alleged thoughts on interior decorating. In second place is Jessica Chastain, followed by Bill Cunningham, Léa Seydoux, Jay-Z (but not Beyoncé), Colin and Livia Firth, Tom Brady (but not Gisele), Alicia Keys, Fan Bingbing, and Morley Safer. Coming it at number 11 is socialite and favorite of the fashion crowd, Michelle Harper. [VF]
This is the gold-toned, M83 soundtrack'd Gucci perfume ad that Blake Lively jeopardized her Chanel contract to make. (Chanel says it's sticking with her anyway.) [YouTube ]
Speaking of Gucci , here are two new ads featuring Charlotte Casiraghi . The Monaco royal — who told the press via a surrogate last year that she is "too intelligent" to be a model and only deigns to do it so that her show horses can be kept in the manner to which they have grown accustomed — should be able to pay for a lot more hay now. [Telegraph ]
Issey Miyake 's "Pleats Please" collection is now the subject of a book from Taschen. [WOW ]
Fashionista points out that this 2007 Marc by Marc Jacobs dress used an apparently identical print to a 1992 Anna Sui creation. [Fashionista ]
For the new issue of LOVE , Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott stretched nylon threads across Kristen McMenamy 's face and had her wear a lot of chicken cutlets. [Fashionista ]
- Ali Lohan is reportedly going to take a one-month modeling contract in South Korea, which is not exactly a premium market. [StyleBistro]
- Martha Stewart says she still intends to launch her homewares line at JC Penney in early 2013. Stewart's defection from Macy's to Penney is the subject of ongoing litigation. Most recently, Macy's won a preliminary injunction preventing Stewart from selling branded products at JC Penney. [WWD]
- Mary Katrantzou still keeps a schedule like a college student who's just discovered the power of all-nighters:
Back-to-back meetings start at 12 and end early evening, after which she goes home to eat with her boyfriend, perhaps watch a film. But that's just the preamble. "At about midnight when he goes to bed I'll start responding to emails. [She doesn't have a PA.] I usually have about 150 so that takes a couple of hours. And then I design." And then she designs? "From about 1am. It depends how heavy the emails are. If there's a contract in there or an interview I'm doomed. Usually I go to bed about five."
- Christian Siriano very, very quietly opened the doors of his first boutique last week. The store is in SoHo, and Siriano plans an opening party for September. [WWD]
- Diane von Furstenberg is collaborating with Roxy on a line of men's and women's beach wear that will carry the brand DVF loves ROXY. [WWD]
- Fashion blogger Leandra Medine's forthcoming book will be a collection of essays "based on the notion that the female memory is so driven by fashion," says the writer. "I can tell you exactly what I was wearing when I met my husband, when he first broke up with me, when we got back together." Sounds sort of like Love, Loss, And What I Wore. [Racked]
- Hugo Boss's quarterly results are in, and they're positive: sales rose year-on-year by 20%, and net income was up 29%, to $51.7 million. [WWD]
- Coach reported a 24.7% year-on-year rise in quarterly income, but slowing U.S. sales and a missed sales projection caused the company stock price to fall by 17%. [WWD]
- Revlon's sales rose year-on-year by 1.7% to $357.1 million during the quarter just ended. [WWD]
- Shiseido lost $15.9 million during the last quarter. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with Karl Lagerfeld. Karl, how do you feel about your cat Choupette's sudden fame?
"Choupette really is famous. She has become the most famous cat in the world. I even get propositioned by pet food companies and things like that but it's out of the question. I'm commercial. She's not."