Cristóbal Balenciaga, the elder statesman of the avant-garde, Spanish Civil War refugee, designer mentor to Hubert de Givenchy and André Courrèges, died in 1972. But a new exhibit of some of his best work sheds light on his complicated life.
Ariel Levy's profile of Alber Elbaz, the Israeli who's helmed Lanvin since 2001, succeeds in describing the designer's grasp of women's wear — which is founded in no small part in Elbaz's own troubled self-image.
- Gisele got out just in time: Limited Brands — the owner of Limited, Express, Bath & Body Works, Victoria's Secret and probably some other highly-fragranced mall-type stores — is floundering, trying to sell off parts and blaming weak sales on gas prices, cold weather. [WSJ]
- But Target is so just not having that…