Beyoncé apparently bagged another Vogue cover. Right on the heels of her second American Vogue cover, she appears on British Vogue's May cover wearing Jonathan Saunders. At least according to this low-res image of the cover that has leaked online. [TFS]
This is Gemma Ward's showcard for Australian fashion week. Will she make a return to the catwalk? We'll see. [Fashionising]
Here's a collaboration we didn't see coming: G-shock and Maison Martin Margiela. Huh. [Style.com]
- Fruit of the Loom and Jockey are hungry for Jon Hamm's cock. In an apparently uncoordinated publicity stunt, both companies offered to give the actor a "lifetime supply" of underwear. Jon Hamm's cock had no comment. [TMZ]
- To hear J.C. Penney's head of product development Nickelson Wooster tell it, the formerly dowdy chain is now on top of just about every retail trend. Wooster says Penney has redesigned its men's suits, ties, dress shirts, and updated the fit of its men's polo shirts "that would be large on a refrigerator." Private label Stafford now sells 100% camel hair blazers and blazers in authentic Harris tweed. They also sell selvedge jeans, the Joe Fresh launch was a raging success, and Jonathan Adler and Michael Graves home products will hit store shelves on May 3. [WWD]
- Louis Vuitton raised prices on some of its most iconic bags — the coated canvas Neverfull and Speedy — by around 10% worldwide. [Bloomberg]
- Humberto Leon and Carol Lim faced resistance when they wanted to make those Kenzo sweatshirts that have become ubiquitous on the street-style blogs. "There was a lot of resistance [internally] because they said, ‘We don't make sweatshirts, we don't have that category in our system,'" says Lim. "And we said, ‘We're going to make it, and you better make a category in the system because it's going to happen. So we met with IT, and it was a two-hour meeting — I'm not joking — and they said, ‘Fine, we'll open this category,' and of course it's something that's been successful." [WWD]
- Today in news that shocks no-one, if you are a hot young designer with lots of industry buzz, established P.R. companies will often offer you preferential rates (or extend you their services for free). [Fashionista]
- Marc Jacobs was found by the Humane Society to have sold jackets on its Web site which, though advertised as being faux fur, were made of real fur. In response, a petition on Change.org asking the company to stop using fur has so far attracted more than 35,000 signatures. [Change.org]
- Scott Shuman believes that the idea of being a "fashion writer" is "quaint." He prefers the term of art "fashion communicator." [WWD]
- Chloe Sevigny says she sometimes feels her relationship with clothing is "like some weird addiction":
"I feel if I have a new dress and I go to a party I'm going to look better and I'm going to feel better about myself. It's almost a bad relationship. I went through a period where I didn't buy anything for six months because I didn't want to have to have that to feed my ego, and I was like I'm just going to wear a buttondown and jeans and feel as cool and as confident as if I was wearing the latest Balenciaga, you know? Boys do that all the time but girls always want all these accoutrements to make you feel better."
- Thom Browne grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It was a long road from there to fashion: "I grew up in a family of seven kids and the last thing any of us thought about was fashion. The only thing we ever though about was sports and school." [WWD]
- And now, a moment with Alber Elbaz. Alber, what is your biggest fear about fashion?
"My fear is that our business is turning into a bag business, and it's all about the bag. But it's not only about the bag. It's about the women."