Marc Jacobs Once Called Cara Delevingne a "Dwarf"

Before she became a superfamous model with a Twitter account dedicated to her eyebrows, Rihanna for a BFF, an adorable coke scandal, and leagues of 1-D fans who feel All The Feelings after her fling with Harry, Cara Delevingne was just a regular old British heiress, trying her hand in an uncaring biz. Stylist and Love magazine editor Katie Grand once tried to cast Delevingne in a Louis Vuitton show, but Marc Jacobs wasn't having it. Grand says:

"I felt bad . . . It was the show in which everyone was very tall and very long. I remember Marc looking at me and saying, ‘Why is that dwarf in here?’"

That dwarf is only 5'9"; most runway models are over 5'10" (Kate Moss, at 5'7", is one permitted exception). Delevingne was cut from the show. Grand has since made an effort to cast her in almost all of the shows she styles, and it seems to be panning out (Burberry contract, face of H&M, etc...). Eventually it would seem that even Jacobs came around: Delevingne is now a face of the designer's anti-skin cancer t-shirt collection. [ToL]


A reminder: Steve Madden is a character in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. Madden was convicted of charges including securities fraud and did time in federal prison for his role in the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, which was founded by Madden's childhood best friend Danny Prorush (played by Jonah Hill in the film) and Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). [Racked]

• Congress passed the amendment to the Department of Defense spending bill that requires clothing sold on U.S. military bases to be manufactured in compliance with the binding Bangladesh safety agreement. Clothing with Marine Corps logos was found in the rubble of the burned-out Tazreen factory, the site of one of the deadliest recent preventable industrial disasters in the South Asian nation. The House bill would require companies making clothing destined for military bases to either sign on to or "abide by" the provisions of the international safety accord drawn up by Bangladeshi labor organizers and the union Industri-ALL. Though signed by some 50 international chains including H&M and Abercrombie & Fitch, that accord has been resisted by some big Bangladesh apparel buyers, notably Wal-Mart and Gap Inc. [WWD]


• Speak of the devil! "We are allowing third-party companies to inspect and approve factories from a structural standpoint," says Wal-Mart C.E.O. Mike Duke of the situation in Bangladesh. "We now are trying to redouble the efforts on the areas of auditing, inspecting and training." Aw, they're "trying." [WWD]

• The Post has some more (alleged) details of Kate Moss's 40th birthday/60th anniversary Playboy cover, slated for the January issue. Apparently Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott shot it, and artist Chuck Close is involved...somehow. Moss has previously modeled nude for Close. [P6]

• A verdict in the Dolce & Gabbana tax-evasion case in Italy is expected on Wednesday. [WWD]

• In other legal news, Gucci has — as promised — appealed an unfavorable judge's ruling in its ongoing copyright-infringement case against Guess. A similar case, litigated in the U.S., was eventually decided in Gucci's favor. [WWD]

Desigual, the other Spanish-owned fast-fashion chain, has big expansion plans in the U.S. It plans to double its number of U.S. stores to 30 by 2015. [ WWD]

Nordstrom Rack is also looking to expand. The company's goal is to have 230 Rack stores by 2016. Right now, it has 127. [WWD]

Cynthia Rowley launched eyewear collections for men and women — the men's, adorably, is named for her husband, Bill Powers — at a price point that competes with outlets like Warby Parker. [Mashable]

• A photographer named John Russo has a celebrity fragrance coming out. Is he really famous enough for that? [WWD]