Is Mitt Romney's secret spray-tanning? The candidate's unusual complexion — especially that ungodly shade of chestnut he rocked for his Univision interview — has been the topic of some comment this election season, because talking about issues is hard. Buzzfeed talked to an anonymous source who says that the Republican nominee has been privately getting his LiLo on for months:
The Republican nominee has made a habit of spray tanning before major speeches, debates, interviews, and other events that have a chance of getting wide TV coverage, the source said. He pays for the process out of pocket — sparing his campaign the expense, and the task of masking it on public campaign finance reports — and steers clear of public salons where he could be recognized. Instead, he gets misted down in the comfort of his own home or hotel suite.
The Romney campaign denies this rumor. [Buzzfeed]
"Number one, Sudan is not an island! And now they need to know that Sudan is two different countries, and because we have Arab influences and Nilotic influences, we're diverse. The North is Arab, the South is Nilotic, and we have so many dialects. People ask, 'Oh, do you speak Sudanese?' But there's no such thing as Sudanese, it's not a language. I guess what I'd really want people to know is how rich our culture is, and how deep and diverse it is. Look it up, and try to know a little bit about us. But don't just focus on the negative side of Sudan. War brought a lot of sadness, but we really are a happy people. We believe in community. You have to help the next person, and the next person has to help you."
- Tory Burch's lawyers are responding to the lawsuit brought by her ex-husband and company co-founder Chris Burch. Tory Burch's side says they plan to countersue for unfair competition, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and a violation of intellectual property. At issue is Chris Burch's new retail venture C. Wonder, which has a similar aesthetic and targets a similar customer to Tory Burch; complicating matters is the fact that each Burch still owns a 28.3% stake in the Tory Burch company, which is valued at around $2 billion. Tory Burch's attorney did some thundering:
"This guy ripped off Tory Burch. His product looks like our product, his stores look like our stores...In his complaint, Christopher Burch said he's being hurt because the company is standing in the way of me selling my shares to a potential investor. The answer is, we are not standing in the way. His conduct is standing in the way…he is driven by jealousy and animosity."
We predict this feud will end with blood in the streets. Families all over the Upper East Side are being torn apart! [WWD]
- Carla Bruni says Valérie Trierweiler's life would be simpler if she and François Hollande were to marry. The former French first lady told French Elle, "I think it is more simple to be the legitimate wife of the head of state than to be his companion...Maybe I'm wrong and their choice is modern. But for my part I felt a real easing of the general concern about me when I married Nicolas." [AFP]
- Oscar de la Renta will be the subject of a retrospective at the Clinton library in Arkansas. André Leon Talley will curate. Hillary Clinton frequently wore de la Renta as first lady and has continued to do so in her political career. [The Cut]
- Alberta Ferretti has announced that she will no longer creative-direct her second line, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti. The designer appointed Natalie Ratabesi to the position. Ratabesi is a graduate of Central St. Martins and previously worked at Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren. [Telegraph]
- Karl Lagerfeld has signed a 20-year perfume license with Inter Parfums. Expect to smell like an old German man starting in 2014. [WWD]
- Around 2500 people lined up for the Yves Saint Laurent sample sale in New York City. People started queueing at 4 a.m. What was inside? Tribute sandals for $250 a pop and a lot of other YSL. [NYPost]
- Losses at Fifth & Pacific, the recent-ish-ly renamed Liz Clairborne, during the quarter just ended hit $18.8 million. That's bad, but significantly better than the $214.6 million the company lost during the same period one year ago. Progress! [WWD]
- Agyness Deyn — who has a role in the new Nicolas Winding Refn film, Pusher — recently told a newspaper that she had basically stopped modeling. Cue a bunch of headlines about her retirement from the industry. But that's not the right word, she says:
"There's so much crossover. Like filmmakers do fashion commercials. There's just some real crossover. I'm not retired, it's just that I'm not doing it much because I'm doing something else. I'm not going to do fashion weeks, but it's not like I'm never ever going to model ever again, that's quite a bold statement. If you wanna write that that's hilarious. My agent called me and was like, 'You're retired!'"
- Elie Saab made the Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy's wedding dress. She is marrying the Crown Prince of Luxembourg. Women's Wear Daily has the numbers:
The dress required 3,200 hours of work and embroidery, and 700 hours of sewing by a team of 10 seamstresses and 15 embroiderers. De Lannoy's wedding dress was embroidered with 200 transparent sequins, more than 80,000 different transparent crystals and 50,000 small beads. All that finery needed more than 10,000 meters of silver-plated thread, according to Saab. When all was said and done, the gown called for 50 meters of Chantilly lace, 40 meters of Calais lace, 30 meters of satin organza, 70 meters of tulle, silk crepe for the lining, and 15 meters of silk tulle for the veil.
- And now, a moment with Nicola Formichetti. Nicola, what do you think is the role of references in fashion design?
"When I started working in fashion, Lee McQueen invited me to his office and I saw his mood board. There were so many art historical and fashion references on the board and next to it was a real dress that he had made by referring to a photo on the board. I was completely shocked and thought, is this fashion? Is it remaking what people did ages ago? When I was younger I didn't believe in it. I wanted to create everything without history, to start anew. I tried that for a few years and I ended up stuck; I couldn't do anything. Then I realised its necessary to have an awareness of history in order to move forward. I care about linking the present moment — the 'now' — to the traditions of the past."