Inevitably, Girls has become a Deborah Lippmann nail polish collection. Let's talk about all the qualities of the four main characters and how well they are essentialized by their respective nail colors! Jessa is sexy, so obviously she's red. Hannah has illustrations from children's books for tattoos, so she gets green. Shoshanna is...Jewish and virginal, which apparently translates to lavender? And Marnie is boring, therefore pink. [Fabulous K]
Gwen Stefani wears head-to-toe Saint Laurent on the new cover of Vogue. It is Hedi Slimane's first significant editorial credit since taking over the brand this season, and as editorial credits go, "cover of American Vogue" is basically the biggest kahuna. Gwen Stefani's nails, notes Vogue's Jonathan Van Meter, are painted white. [Vogue]
- Shelby Bryan, the telecommunications billionaire who has been Anna Wintour's boyfriend since 1999, puts much of the incredulous reaction to Wintour's rumored candidacy for an ambassadorial posting in Paris or London down to sexism. "It's a little bit of male chauvinism," Bryan told the Telegraph.
"It's not just Anna — I see powerful women who really get slammed for being too forthright or running their business in a very determined way. If Jack Welch were being named as a potential ambassador, people wouldn't be saying, ‘Oh, but hang on, Jack's a little strict in the way he runs his companies.'''
- Bryan, however, doubts that the editor will end up an ambassador. "I think she would do a great job if it ever happened, but I'm not expecting it to happen. She has a great job at Vogue that she loves very much. So I don't know about that." [Daily Mail]
- The delightfully candid Grace Coddington, on fashion shows today:
"Any old shit can go down the runway and they all sit there and clap."
- But also not that candid! When asked a strangely worded question about "how Vogue is dealing with the new body image," Coddington replied:
"We avoid talking about the fat/thin thing because it's a complicated issue."
- Diesel's Renzo Rosso has donated €5.5 million to the city of Venice for the restoration of the famous Ponte di Rialto. [WWD]
- To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, Buckingham Palace will host a public, outdoor fashion show to "showcase the products of royal warrant holders — companies and businesses that have supplied goods or services to Her Majesty, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales for five years or more." That means brands from Savile Row tailors Gieves & Hawkes to Hunter rain boots. [Vogue UK]
- Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's retrial on tax evasion charges will proceed after a judge rejected a motion to dismiss the case from the designers' lawyer. [WWD]
- Two much-ballyhooed designer collaborations have reportedly been selling poorly this fall: Maison Martin Margiela for H&M and the multi-designer Target/Neiman Marcus/Council of Fashion Designers of America holiday collection. The Post quotes anonymous sources saying that Margiela is "tanking" at H&M, and most of it is already reduced for quick sale. Why? Collaborations have "become very formulaic at this point," says Paper's Mickey Boardman. "Everyone does them, and so they don't really seem as special." Also, it might be helpful if retailers planning designer collaborations priced the mass-market goods below the lowest cost of the "real" stuff by that same designer you can find easily on eBay or at discounters like Loehmann's and Century 21. Margiela for H&M isn't necessarily selling poorly because people don't "get" Margiela: it might be because they do get it, and they know they can get the not-for-H&M kind of Margiela more cheaply elsewhere. [NYPost, P6]
- H&M reported that its total sales rose year-on-year by 9%, to $5.7 billion, during the most recent quarter. Same-store sales were flat. [WWD]
- The C.E.O. of Ugg Australia was upbeat when asked about how declining sales (thanks to warmer weather) and narrower margins (thanks to more expensive sheepskin prices) was affecting the brand. As she would be; she is the C.E.O. after all. [FN]