Zahia Dehar, the tabloid-famous underaged French callgirl who parlayed her key role in a notorious prostitution scandal involving top soccer players (who totally swear they didn't know Dehar was only 17, you guys) into a "couture" lingerie line, is coming to New York fashion week to see and be seen with the beautiful people. Jean-Paul Gaultier had Dehar in his front row at his couture show, so she could aim high: we're thinking an appearance at Rodarte or Oscar would really knock Anna Wintour's Manolos off. Let us now begin brainstorming questions to ask her should we spot Dehar in anyone's front row. [Fashionista]
S Elizabeth Olsen, Pharrell Williams, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are on the covers of the new Bullett. [ Fashionologie]
SAmerican Vogue published a list of its ten most frequent cover subjects. They are all models — let's face it, even though Vogue hasn't had a model on a cover since about 1998, with the publication being founded in 1892 and all the models had a pretty big head start — and they are all white. They are, in order: Lauren Hutton (26 covers), Jean Shrimpton (20), Karen Graham (20), Cindy Crawford (18), Claudia Schiffer (16), Jean Patchett (16), Amber Valletta (16), Veruschka (12), Gisele Bündchen (11), and Kate Moss (8). [ Vogue]
On the one hand, this stop-motion video of how fashion illustrator Danny Roberts made the IMG agency's show package — a set of comp cards intended to promote the subset of its models who are participating in New York fashion week — is gorgeous. On the other hand, the inter-agency arms race over who can have the fanciest show cards evarrr is a trend that continues to vaguely disturb us. [ YouTube]
Nordstrom booked Angela Rockwood, a quadriplegic star of the reality show Push Girls, for an ad campaign. [ People]
Here is a video in which Choupette Lagerfeld meows and purrs. [ YouTube]
S Lily Donaldson is on the cover of the new issue of Dossier. [Jezebel Inbox]
SOn the occasion of an exhibition of Herb Ritts' photographs at the Getty in Los Angeles, Carré Otis recalls what it was like to work with the late photographer:
"I had a very profound sense with Herb that he truly loved and honored women and bodies. And not all men, gay or straight, have that experience toward the feminine. With Herb, he reenacted an archetype of the goddess, and you felt that on the set. Even though he may have been asking you to pose in front of a volcano that was about to explode — and more often than not, completely naked! — there was a safety with Herb. The way he saw the human body, and the elements that he chose — whether it was contrasts of black and white, or a stone he had you photograph with, or grains of sand stuck to your face — it all coalesced to create unbelievably profound images, and I think profound out of the simplicity of what he saw, and what he wanted to show his audience.
With other photographers there was such a forced sexuality that you sometimes felt like a blow-up doll. That would never have happened with Herb. There was no forced idea of what any of us should have been. He shot in celebration of the diversity of the female form and represented the divine aspects of the feminine."
- Sally Singer is out at T, the New York Times' style magazine. Singer, a former editor at Vogue, took the job just two years ago. Singer brought in talented new writers and photographers (although the results of her more literary magazine makeover were occasionally odd, like that essay by Sigrid Nunez about boyfriending Susan Sontag's son in the 1970s). Her tenure was marked by poor (and lately negative) growth in ad pages: the publication's overall number of ad pages grew by just 0.4% from 2010 to 2011 and was down 4% year-on-year during the first four months of this year. And last year, Times executive editor Jill Abramson reportedly "gave Singer a dressing down late last year after hearing complaints from the ad sales staff. They were having a tough time selling her magazine. The ad sales team was not a big fan of the magazine's visuals." Singer also apparently clashed with Hugo Lindgren, the editor of the New York Times Magazine. Lindgren (whose own steep 24% year-on-year decline in ad pages he publicly blamed on T for siphoning off "his" luxury advertisers) wanted the fashion title folded back into his magazine to boost its ad pages while Singer — before Lindgren was hired — wanted to edit both titles herself. Neither Singer's replacement or her next move has been announced. [WWD]
- Scott "The Sartorialist" Schuman says sometimes people don't want him to take their picture:
"Not all the time but enough. Older European women are very difficult. Older women, in general, say no all the time. They're just very vain. And girls who are pretty, who've always been pretty. Not models — like the prom queen. They're like, 'Oh my god my beauty is such a curse! Nooo!' They're not really into fashion, because they've always been pretty. It doesn't happen very often, because they rarely dress well. They dress so-so, because they've always gotten attention whether they want it or not. But I almost always know those girl[s] are going to be like, 'No! Not again!'"
- Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim continues to trim his Saks Fifth Avenue holdings: in the past week, he has sold 1.5 million and 705,000 and then 390,000 shares. He still owns some 23.9 million shares, or a little under 16% of the company but...this pattern of activity raises some questions. [WWD]
- Peter Brant II and Harry Brant, your favorite teenaged millionaires, answer some questions originally posed to other notables by Andy Warhol in the latest issue of Interview, the magazine their father publishes. Peter says:
"When I was about 9 years old, I asked for stocks for my birthday. I was really into stocks then. I got Apple stocks because I thought it was a cool company. I bought them when they were low. They were quite high when I sold them at 13."
"It's really unfair, the difference between men and women in the aging process. When men age, they become more distinguished, while with women, they are considered less desirable as time goes on. I've got a lot of guy friends who plan on getting married, but not until their thirties or forties. And I bet in their thirties or forties, they'll marry a woman in her twenties. It's like some horrible cosmic joke played on women."
"I think mauve is an interesting color. Historically it's interesting because mauve was the first color created as a chemical dye 150 years ago. In the 1890s, everyone wore mauve because it was the first fabric dye from a chemical. It was a color that didn't exist before 1850. It rose to popularity and then it became tacky because everyone had access to it. You still don't see it a lot today. It's not a color people use very much. It has a dusty look. I had part of my room painted mauve, then I put in a brownish gold and did the rest in blue. But there is some mauve embroidery in the rug. I just find it a fascinating color."
- Barneys New York is collaborating with Disney on its holiday merchandise and window displays. [WWD]
- The David's Bridal deal has gone through. The company has been acquired by private-equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice for around $1.05 billion. [WWD]
- John Galliano's spokesman declined to comment on reports that he has filed a €15 million wrongful dismissal lawsuit against his former employer, Christian Dior and its parent company Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy. [Vogue UK, Telegraph]
- During the first six months of this year, L'Oréal's net profits rose year-on-year by 10.8%, to $2.11 billion. [WWD]
- H&M says it plans to open its first South African store next year. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with model Jessica White. Jessica, what happened to your six-foot pet python?
"I loved my snake, Jessie, but I had to give him up because he kept attacking and biting guys who came to my apartment. I guess he was jealous."