America's Next Top Model judge (and rumored sex partner of Tyra Banks) Rob Evans is now a wanted fugitive. Evans, who was a boxer before turning to modeling, is charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with a March incident that involved one other man. According to TMZ — so pass the salt — Evans beat the alleged victim so badly that he "ended up in the hospital with serious injuries." Evans reportedly cooperated with the police investigation at first but recently stopped, leading a Beverly Hills judge to issue a bench warrant for his arrest. [TMZ]
Here is Jessica Biel's pink Giambattista Valli wedding dress. [People]
Britain's Advertising Standards Authority has banned a Dior mascara ad featuring Natalie Portman following a complaint from competitor L'Oréal. The ASA found that Dior's retouching of the actress's lashes to make them appear fuller, longer, and more curved was misleading. [Vogue UK]
Here's a promo for The Face, the new modeling reality show co-hosted by Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova, and Coco Rocha. It appears the format is basically like The Voice but for modeling: each supermodel picks from among a group of hopefuls models to join her "team," and those teams compete until one person is named "the face." Drama! [Vimeo]
Georgia May Jagger was shot by Juergen Teller for Vivienne Westwood's latest jewelry ads. [Telegraph]
This Vogue Paris video of models lip-syncing to Franz Ferdinand is putting smiles on our faces today. [YouTube]
Halle Berry is on the cover of Interview Russia. [DS]
Here is a handy slideshow of every Victoria's Secret diamond bra since 1996. Collect them all! [Modelinia]
- Barneys New York released a statement regarding the Change.org petition — currently signed by over 133,000 people — criticizing the retailer and Disney for redrawing Minnie Mouse as a rail-thin runway model for its holiday ad campaign. The statement is totally sensitive to the petitioners' concerns about the message a super-skinny Minnie sends about body image and beauty, especially to the children who comprise Disney's fan base and — just kidding. The statement starts off, "We are saddened that activists have repeatedly tried to distort a lighthearted holiday project in order to draw media attention to themselves." Oh boy. It continues:
They have deliberately ignored previously released information clearly stating this promotion is a three-minute 'moving art' video featuring traditional Minnie Mouse in a dreamlike sequence set in Paris where she briefly walks the runway as a model and then happily awakens as her normal self wearing the very same designer dress from the fashion show.
Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman previously copped to being the one to insist on Minnie, Goofy, and Mickey losing half their body mass. When he told the animators, says Freedman, "There was a moment of silence, because these characters don't change. I said, 'If we're going to make this work, we have to have a 5-foot-11 Minnie,' and they agreed...the standard Minnie Mouse will not look so good in a Lanvin dress." [Racked]
- Prada C.E.O. Patrizio Bertelli says he believes in Italian manufacturing and is proud to pay Italian workers. "The average wages in our group are 30% higher than the average pays in the country," he told La Repubblica. Bertelli added that he recently negotiated an agreement with his workers' union to allow workers to give up five annual vacation days in exchange for an extra $533 in pay. He says Prada has "no intention to move know-how and production in low-cost countries." [WWD]
- Meanwhile, an Italian prosecutor has opened an investigation into Guess Inc.'s Italian operation and has levied a $12 million bill for back taxes against the company. Guess says it will "vigorously contest" the taxes. [WWD]
- Gel manicures: turns out they're totally bad for you and your nails. First, repeated exposure to those U.V. lights that are used to cure the gel definitely increases your risk of skin cancer. According to Dr. Heidi Waldorf, Director of Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York:
"There are two reported cases of skin cancers of the hand that were associated with regular UV nail dryer use...The problem is that UV damage is cumulative. So if you use the UV dryers now and again, it may not add up to much. However, if you start with them on a regular basis in your 20′s or 30′s and continue, the risk will be higher."
And the pure acetone that you have to use to weaken the gel enough in order to scrape it off — that's tough on your nails, too, and leads to dry, brittle, flaking, breaking fingernails. [Fashionista]
- Ideeli is getting out of the travel business, the children's wear business, and the men's wear business. It will focus on its women's wear business. [WWD]
- That HBO-produced documentary about Vogue fashion editors called The Editor's Eye will air on December 6. [Vogue UK]
- Although yesterday was one long crap-fest on Wall Street, Coach shares gained in value by 7.4%, to $58.15, after the company announced it had (just barely) beaten quarterly projections. Net income rose by 2% year-on-year to $221.4 million, and net sales grew 10.6% to $1.16 billion. [WWD]
- Hedi Slimane may design tour costumes for the Rolling Stones. [Elle]
- Iconix is buying the brand Umbro from Nike for a cool $225 million. [WWD]
- Braving the wrath of prominent Democratic fundraiser Anna Wintour, Isaac Mizrahi says the unthinkable: "I would love to see Ann Romney in more of my clothes." [Hollywood Life]
- Robert Duffy confirms in a new interview that Marc Jacobs was indeed offered the job of creative director at Christian Dior. Duffy claims that Jacobs, who already designs Louis Vuitton for luxury conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, didn't want the job and the two even had "a big fight" about it:
"We went through a lot of stuff back and forth when they wanted Marc to do Dior and, I mean, he was asked but said no...I was asked if I thought he could do it, and I said ‘yes.' It was really complicated because he didn't really want to do it and they were really happy with the choice that they made, so everything came out great. Marc really wanted to stay at Louis Vuitton and I just want him to do whatever makes him happy...I think that he felt that because when I was asked if I thought that he was capable of doing that and I said ‘yes,' he thought that meant I wanted him to do it, and that's not what I meant at all, but we straightened it all out in the end and it worked out just fine. But, I know it sounds so silly now, we had a big fight over it."
- Jean Paul Gaultier, who just ended a decade-plus-long relationship with Aeffe, has signed a manufacturing and distribution deal with the Italian company Gibò S.p.A. [WWD]
1. Except you can't, the Magical Victoria's Secret Diamond Bra of Destiny is just for show, not for sale. The diamond bras are dismantled every year after the show to be turned into jewelry.