Gisele Bündchen Gives Birth at Home

Gisele Bündchen gave birth at home to a baby girl. The supermodel broke the news on Facebook. Bündchen and her husband Tom Brady have named their daughter Vivian Lake. [Facebook]


Gisele Bündchen Gives Birth at Home Here is an (unofficial tribute to) an Hermès Birkin bag made out of Lego by a professional Lego designer, which is the kind of job we dreamed of having when we were six years old. [DesignTaxi ]
  • Pressure continues to mount on the Bangladeshi government and the country's vast apparel manufacturing industry to improve worker safety and regulation in the wake of the disastrous factory fire that killed 111 workers nearly two weeks ago. [WWD]
  • Vogue international editor-at-large Hamish Bowles says he feels like people just don't understand how hard his job is:

    "[O]f course it's exasperating when people think you're just swanning around in Europe, going to the occasional fashion show and then being glamorous at a party. If they only understood the slog of Milan, where you're at the end of a three-week run of eight to ten shows a day, starting with a 9 a.m. show and ending with a 9 p.m. show, trying to get a sandwich on the run, and then often going to a business-related evening event."

    [The Cut]

  • The unemployment rate in the U.S. is continuing to fall, and the retail industry is doing its part. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the apparel retail sector (including department stores) added 34,200 jobs, to employ 2.95 million. Overall unemployment fell to 7.7%. [WWD]
  • Sarah Jessica Parker recalls her first shoot for Vogue, which was in 1994 with Steven Meisel:

    "[Grace Coddington] pulled a teeny-tiny white bikini off the hanger, and in my whole life I had never worn a bikini…I didn't wear a bikini as a little girl. I certainly didn't wear a bikini as an older little girl, and nor would I ever put one on today. I thought ‘It's Grace Coddington, I should put on what she asks me to do.' Linda Evangelista sat in the corner and told me how to stand. I have never worn a bikini since."

    Fashionista points out that the actress has in fact worn bikinis both before and since, as a quick Google image search can prove. [Fashionista]

  • Topshop is planning to double the size of its U.S. business "in the next three to four years," according to the company founder Philip Green. The investment made by the private-equity firm Leonard Green and Partners in Topshop, announced yesterday, is the impetus for the growth. The company is planning a second Manhattan store and will open its first L.A. Topshop and Topman stores in February; it also has 14 in-store boutiques at Nordstroms around the country. [WWD]
  • Comme des Garçons is bringing its Dover Street Market retail concept to New York City. The company has signed a lease on a 20,000-square-foot pre-war building at Lexington and E. 30th. The megastore will open in December of 2013. [WWD]
  • Marion Cotillard is "designing" a Christian Dior handbag. [Vogue UK]
  • The market for beauty products in China is slowing down. The country's overall economic growth hit a three-year low of 7.4% this year, and cosmetics sales rose year-on-year by 16.5% during the first 10 months of 2012, to $17.3 billion, but apparently that's a slowdown. [WWD]
  • Also in China, "eighteen counterfeiters were sentenced to more than 46 years in prison Friday for selling 128,752 knockoff pairs of Crocs." [WWD]
  • Rodarte's holiday gift guide includes a Raymond Pettibon print, a Catherine Opie photo, and the new Cat Power album, Sun. [Elle]
  • Paris Hilton walked the runway at India's resort fashion week, because duh. [WWD]
  • Dwyane Wade has announced that he's starting a clothing line called WADE. The label is described as a collaboration between the basketball player, the Chinese company Li-ning, and shoe designer Alejandro Ingelmo, who serves as a creative consultant. WADE will show a "lifestyle/basketball cultural sneaker" at New York Fashion Week in February. [The Cut]
  • Garnier is launching an at-home hair dye called Olia that the company says is free of ammonium. [WWD]
  • Valentino launched a polka-dotted capsule collection of pricey beach wear at — where else — Art Basel Miami. [Fashionista]
  • See by Chloé is launching a namesake perfume. [WWD]
  • Proenza Schouler is relaunching and expanding its footwear line. Its new licensing partner is the Italian company Iris SpA, which makes shoes for Marc Jacobs, Chloè, Michael Kors, Jil Sander, and Nina Ricci. [FN]