- It girl, celeb spawn, columnist and designer Peaches Geldof's design inspirations: “I looked at icons like Siouxsie Sioux and Robert Smith, and took notes from Gothic novels like 'Dracula' — the cape came about while I read this.” [WWD]
- Eric Clapton apparently has a custom Hermes, alligator-skin guitar case. It's "lined in blue silk velvet and is rumored to have cost more than $100,000." [Fashion Week Daliy]
- Marc Jacobs has designed a stroller. It's black, exorbitant, and will turn your baby into the biggest snob in the world. Luckily, there are only 15 in existence. [Racked]
- Matthew Williamson is doing not one but two lines for H&M! [WWD]
- In her Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute voiceover, Sarah Jessica Parker "talks about art history with the same breathy relish and melodic rhythm she might deploy to deliver a pun-soaked voice-over as Carrie Bradshaw." [New York Times]
- Some designers are staying out of the presidential inaugural fray: Michael Kors hasn't submitted designs, while a rep for Carmen Marc Valvo says, “we feel that she’s probably being inundated by designers." She is! [WSJ]
- Zac Posen to guest-star on Ugly Betty. Is this considered compulsory? [New York]
- "It’s practically impossible to turn on a TV without seeing a designer." [WWD]
- Should you need to soak your clothing in water for two months straight (and surely some kind of marine scientist must), you're in luck: a new nanotech fabric, "made from polyester fibres coated with millions of tiny silicone filaments" that cause water to roll off, awesomely, like marbles, is the most water-repellent clothing-appropriate material ever created. [New Scientist]
- Too bad fast fashion makes up 30% of Britain's landfills. [Daily Mail]
- In addition, a new study finds that abuse of garment and textile workers is rampant. [WWD]
- Downtown darling Imitation of Christ (Chloe S was a creative director) is folding. [Racked]
- What does Salvador Dali have to do with breast cancer? Not much, but when has that stopped fashionistas? 12 designers have designed Dali-inspired pieces which will be auctioned for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. [Telegraph]
- Stacey Bendet Eisner has given birth to a girl. "The alice + olivia designer, who spent the day before doing yoga and getting a pedicure, was supposed to deliver on Thanksgiving but got induced early because, 'If I wait 'til a holiday no doctors will be around!'" [New York Post]
- Coco Rocha: “There are enough models out there who are gorgeous and good looking, but have nothing to bring...They can take good pictures, but after that, when you take the pictures, what do you have to say for yourself?” [WWD]
- Italian designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua is launching a capsule collection, Alessandro Dell’Acqua Black Dress, composed exclusively of LBDs. [WWD]
- A stylist who worked on Annie Liebowitz's Disney shoot is suing the famed lenswoman, claiming she wasn't compensated. [New York Post]
- Fashions at the Crillon debutante ball seem undimmed by the economy. And that's what's important! [WWD]
I dunno — he has just always rubbed me the wrong way. I've always felt he's achieved fame by co-opting the styles of guitarists much greater than he. I also don't like the way he profited off his son's death — I may be wrong, but I never read anything about donating the proceeds from "Tears in Heaven" to charity.
I'm sure it's my bias as an aging punk-rocker...if I want to listen to the blues, I am going to listen to the real thing, not some pasty British dude who is married to a woman 30 years his junior. But I much prefer the style of someone like Johnny Ramone (who, for all intents and purposes, was a huge dick) or Mick Jones (extremely underrated as a guitarist).
The only other reason I can explain my reaction is kind of cliche, but in this economic climate, paying 100,000 for a guitar case, one made by skinning an animal for that sole purpose, is just gross.