Naked Project Runway Billboard Too Hot for L.A.

This billboard for the eleventyeth season of Project Runway, featuring a gaggle of nude models prostrating themselves before Tim Gunn and the Marie-Antoinettish Heidi Klum, was deemed too nekkid for public display in Los Angeles. But not New York. (Don't ever change, New York.) [Racked LA]


Naked Project Runway Billboard Too Hot for L.A.

Nicki Minaj is on the cover of Marie Claire. She tells the magazine, "I've kind of become the poster child for doing the things that no one expects." Like parlaying a novelty rap act into a reality-T.V. hosting gig, magazine covers, and a K-mart clothing line. Unexpected! [Marie Claire]


Rita Ora is the new face of Madonna's Macy's line, Material Girl. She was paid a reported £500,000. [Telegraph]


Naked Project Runway Billboard Too Hot for L.A.

Cara Delevingne showed Prince Charles her finger tattoo and giggled at a charity event in London. [Marie Claire UK]


• Labor groups are calling the alternative plan for Bangladesh designed by Gap Inc. and Wal-Mart a "sham" that won't improve garment workers' safety. [Raw Story]

• One year after announcing its pledge to only hire models aged over 16 who do not "appear" to have an eating disorder, Vogue's 19 global editions have apparently only violated the age pledge twice. But the commitment to "promote a healthy body image" via the magazine's imagery is arguably going unmet. [Fashionista]

• Robyn Lawley, the plus-size model who is currently promoting a new line of swimsuits in sizes 8-18, says she wishes magazines hired a more diverse array of models, and not in a tokenistic way. "I wish it wasn’t so rarely done,” she sighed. “If [average-sized women] were included [on the runways and in magazines] on a regular basis no one would make such a huge uproar about it. But because it’s rare, that’s the reality." [Fashionista]

• Urban Outfitters is being sued for allegedly misleading customers into thinking that providing a ZIP code is necessary to complete a credit-card purchase. With a ZIP and a name, companies can use databases to find your home address and add you to mailing lists without your permission, a violation of customer privacy. [Buzzfeed]

• Fuck you and your Hampton house, I'll fuck your Hampton spouse. Net-A-Porter now offers same-day delivery to the Hamptons, via seaplane, so you can get your Hampton blouse faster. [WWD]

• Model/TED-talker Cameron Russell and her new venture, the online magazine Interrupt, are profiled in the Times. [NYTimes]

• The Times takes a look at the burgeoning tomboy fashion market. "Masculinity isn't just for men," says Mary Going, who founded an online suit store for women via Kickstarter after having a disappointing experience suit-shopping for her own wedding. [NYTimes]

• This year's Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists are: Misha Nonoo of Nonoo; Tim Coppens; Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard of Veronica Beard; Dao-Yi Chao and Maxwell Osborne of Public School; Marc Alary of Marc Alary Jewelry; Juan Carlos Obando; Parabellum’s Commodore Jason Jones; Tome’s Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin; Shimon and Ariel Ovadia of Ovadia & Sons; and Todd Snyder. [WWD]

• Christian Dior held an in-season fashion show in Moscow. [WWD]

• Boston's Museum of Fine Arts has a show devoted to the history and influence of hippie-era fashions. [NYTimes]

• Alexander McQueen is licensing some of its print designs for a seven-piece line with the U.K. home furnishings chain The Rug Company. [WWD]

• Fashionista writes up one of the softest, least product-intensive, and inexpensive blow-outs around: the one provided by your local quality Dominican salon. [Fashionista]

• Fast Retailing, the parent company of Uniqlo, reported strong results from the first nine months of this year, and announced its long-awaited U.S. expansion plans. Ten new Uniqlo stores will open in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and California this fall. Net profit for the period rose year-on-year by 21.9%, to $1.01 billion, and sales were up 19.1%, to $10.09 billion. [WWD]

• The Daily Front Row has quietly disappeared that column by that group of young fashion publicists and magazine staffers who related their charming tales of swag on Fire Island. [WWD]

• And now, a moment with Alexa Chung. Alexa, what should you do with your hair if you're going through a breakup?

"Hair is so linked to how we feel and everyone goes for something radical after a break-up, but my advice if you’ve just suffered heartbreak or you’ve broken up with someone, is to not touch your hair. It’s the first thing women do, but you’re not in a fit state to make decisions that are long-term – you’ll have to spend the next four years growing it out. Don’t have a fringe cut. Don’t bleach it. Don’t do anything, because you will regret it. Buy a lipstick instead. Go and kiss loads of other people, but don’t f***ing touch your hair, as you’ll still feel sad – and you’ll have weird hair. I always think people’s hair looks really weird when they’re sad anyway. When my friends are heartbroken I can tell that they’re sad; their hair just starts looking a bit forlorn. Like when Britney Spears got sad and shaved off her hair. That’s the ultimate warning – heed that. If you’re not feeling good don’t do anything to your hair."

[Stylist]