David LaChapelle Sued For $1 Million In Bloody Assault

A gallerist is suing David LaChapelle for allegedly punching and choking him in a sustained assault. The alleged attack took place at the Manhattan home of the renowned fashion photographer's then-agent, Fred Torres, in March 2012. The plaintiff, a Montana-based gallery owner named James Parmenter who has shown LaChapelle's work, is seeking $1 million in damages. The lawsuit claims:

LaChapelle pushed and threw Parmenter around the apartment, including into the bed, exercise equipment and closet, and choked Parmenter nearly to the point of unconsciousness.

LaChapelle's spokesperson denies the allegations. [P6]


David LaChapelle Sued For $1 Million In Bloody AssaultSelena Gomez is on the cover of Harper's Bazaar. Spring Breakers opens next week. [Refinery29]

Paris Fashion Week ended yesterday, wrapping up the last of the world's four major fashion weeks for the season. Vogue Italia's Franca Sozzani would like to call your attention to the "many beautiful black models" who walked the Paris runways. "Many," in this instance, appears to mean 23: that's how many runway photos of black models Vogue Italia found for its slideshow. That's out of however many thousand looks were presented by the designers who showed in Paris. Paris and Milan are said to be the toughest markets for models of color; New York, where the runways this season were just over 80% white, is reputed to be the most diverse. It's great that Vogue Italia is calling attention to the black models who did work in Paris, but it's a shame that there are so few of them. [Vogue Italia]
David LaChapelle Sued For $1 Million In Bloody AssaultThe ad campaign for stylist Kate Young's upcoming collection for Target looks intentionally like a red carpet photo. It'll hit stores on April 14. [WWD]
David LaChapelle Sued For $1 Million In Bloody AssaultFashionista noted some similarities between the latest Givenchy show's floral prints and the current season's offerings from the skateboarding brand Supreme. The prints are not identical, but the use of such a print in an "unexpected" context — on tough-looking streetwear, a hoodie in Supreme's case and a leather jacket in Givenchy's — is pretty similar.

Sure, floral wallpaper prints are nothing new — but the similarities in the washed out palette and the way it's used on sportswear-inspired shapes kind of crosses the line of coincidence for us. Then again, now that Givenchy is trying to cater to a more streetwise consumer, maybe the two brands' aesthetics (which used to be vastly different) are just dovetailing in an interesting way.

[Fashionista]


  • The judge in the Martha Stewart/Macy's/J.C. Penney trial wants the parties to come to a settlement through mediation. The trial — a clusterfuck of lawsuits and countersuits over Martha Stewart-branded homewares — is behind schedule; if a settlement can't be reached, testimony will resume on April 8. Yesterday, during a four-hour recess, the judge asked Terry Lundgren of Macy's to call Martha Stewart. The two had not spoken since 2011, when Stewart called the C.E.O. on the eve of the announcement of her deal with J.C. Penney. Lundgren hung up on her. Stewart's spokesperson said the phonecall was "productive." J.C. Penney, for its part, pledged that it would not sell any of the Martha Stewart-designed homewares, branded or not, that are at issue in the case until April 8. [WWD]
  • Today in Kim Kardashian: "I dress for my man way more than for myself!" [Us]
  • Charlize Theron is apparently looking to start a denim line. [THR]
  • A stolen car was used in a robbery of a London Gucci store. The car rammed the store, shattering its glass façade, and thieves made off with handbags. They escaped in a different car. [BBC]
  • Ann Inc., which owns Ann Taylor and Loft, had a good quarter. Profits rose year-on-year by 8.7% during the three months just ended. Same-store sales rose 1.4% companywide. [WWD]