Karlie Kloss's revolutionary new haircut, the bob-with-bangs, is apparently inspiring women all over the nation — nay, the world! — to gleeful ecstasies of imitation. Already the subject of a six-page investigative report by Vogue, The Haircut and its purported popularity is now the star of its very own New York Times trend piece. (A trend piece which fails to quote even one Real Woman who has cut her hair into The Haircut because of Kloss, but New York Times trend pieces never seem concerned by whether the trend being described is actually a trend or not.) "Short hair is in," says hairstylist Garren Defazio. "When somebody who is notable finds their look, it catches on and becomes a trend." [NYTimes]
- Michelle Obama's staff have reportedly contacted a raft of New York designers to request samples for the First Lady to consider for the many photo-ops of the coming inauguration. Those designers reportedly include Barbara Tfank, Bibhu Mohapatra, Derek Lam, Laura Smalls, Marchesa, Michael Kors, Naeem Khan, Narciso Rodriguez, Prabal Gurung, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Jason Wu, and Thakoon. [WWD]
- Meanwhile, the Associated Press has somehow come to the conclusion that the First Lady's style is the subject of less media coverage and public interest lately. No evidence is provided in support of this assertion. [AP]
- Drew Barrymore's Wal-Mart beauty line, Flower, launched in early January and this week the actress did a blitz of press for it. "I hate it when it's just a name on that, or they weren't involved in every aspect or I didn't know they even liked that or even cared," says Barrymore. "Things are so personal to me; I work on them infinite percent." [NYTimes]
- Kate Moss turns 39 this week. Or as the Sun puts it, "Thirsty-nine." Cheers to you, Kate. [Sun]
- Coco Rocha talks about something few people who follow her career may know: she's a practicing Jehovah's Witness. "My faith is everything," she says. After being pressured as a young model to do jobs that she didn't feel were age-appropriate or reflective of her religious convictions, she started speaking up and insisting on things like not doing nude work, not posing with religious artifacts, and not posing in lingerie.
"Early on in my career, people were forcing me to do stuff. I was young and vulnerable. Those people should have had the courage to say, ‘Hey, let's not do that.' They'd never ask their kid to do [what they'd ask me to do], but they forget that models are just children. I also should have had the voice to say no. I didn't do it, so I can't blame anyone but myself. That's why I'm so vocal about things today. [...]
"In the beginning, the clients would say, ‘This is too much,' but over time, the ones I liked kept working with me. They'd say, ‘It's not too much. Coco can still be Coco. She still gives 100 percent when she's on a photo shoot.' It's just my boobs aren't out. And I don't have a cigarette in my hand, and I'm not making out with a guy. And it's all fine if you want to do that. I don't judge. My besties do Victoria's Secret. I just don't do it."
Also, if you live in New York, look carefully through the peephole next time a pair of Witnesses come to your door: Rocha goes door-knocking with other members of her congregation once a week. "The whole purpose is to inform people," she says. "Some people think we're a pushy religion, but if you're not interested, just say so." [DuJour]
- One top New York modeling agency, Marilyn, is suing another, DNA, for allegedly poaching the top model Constance Jablonski. Jablonski makes good money as a face of Victoria's Secret and Estée Lauder, meaning the loss to Marilyn must be significant. Marilyn accuses DNA of harming its business and acting unlawfully to entice Jablonski away from her contract for representation. Jablonski's lawyer, however, argues Marilyn breached its fiduciary duty to the model by failing in several instances to collect money owed her by clients.
"At the beginning of her career, she loved working with Marilyn," Jablonski's lawyer alleges. "Unfortunately, all of the people she worked with closely have left. She loves her new agency. It's very supportive."
- Armani is being sued for allegedly wrongfully terminating an employee who complained of sexual harassment by a superior. Former executive assistant Kelle Azzopardi says that not only were her repeated complaints to H.R. ignored, but the company fired her. One example detailed in Azzopardi's complaint: she alleges that in June of 2012, a company senior vice-president named Laura Giulini pulled down her pants and exposed herself to Azzopardi. [HuffPo]
- Grace Coddington was on Jimmy Fallon's show to promote her memoir, Grace. The fashion editor said after she heard Fallon wanted to book her, she went to the show as an audience member "to see what I would be put through." Fallon commented on how beautiful Coddington looked in the old modeling photos in her book. "Well," she replied drily, "I was a lot younger then." [NBC]
- Vogue and Hearst are sponsoring rival fashion "hackathons" this New York fashion week. [Racked]
- A new Web site called Fohr Card aims to evaluate the "reach" of various fashion bloggers — Twitter/Tumblr/Instagram follower counts and "engagement" and all that jazz — in order to streamline sponsorship and advertising opportunities that help them make sweet $$$. According to the business model, brands who want to research bloggers for potential partnerships will pay to subscribe to Fohr Card, even though Fohr Card seems to just take publicly available information and metrics that would take an unpaid intern 30 minutes to compile and put it together in one place. Hmmm. [WWD]
- Liberty Ross might kinda-sorta-want to be dating music industry executive Jimmy Iovine. "There's no indication anything has happened, but there is a lot of attraction between them," says a random nameless person. [P6]