First, someone did this to model Karmen Pedaru's face, and then someone somehow decided it should be on the cover of Vogue Paris. It's coal-miner chic! Eye-wrinkle tribal! One Million Years B.C. what the fuck! Emmanuelle Alt, what were you thinking? [Fashion Copious]
The blog Advanced Style, which is dedicated to street-style photographs of and interviews with stylish women of a certain age, is now a photo book. The book's launch was celebrated at a party in New York, where many of the blog's subjects were in attendance. (Including Ilona Royce Smithkin, the lady who DIYs her own bright orange mink false eyelashes.) Blogger Ari Seth Cohen and filmmaker Lina Plioplyte have also launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for a documentary they want to make about the ladies of Advanced Style. [Kickstarter]
Sasha Pivovarova Tweeted this picture of her newborn baby daughter, Mia Isis. [@Vovarova]
Those incredible Nicholas Kirkwood shoes from the Suno show will, in fact, be made available to the public. No word on price yet, but we're guessing they'll cost somewhere between a cup of coffee and rent. [SF]
Emma Barker has a remarkable story about designer Luis Estevez — one of only two founding members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America still alive, a Cuban who dressed Betty Ford in the White House and had an affair with Halston and made beautiful clothes and whose wife left him for an Iranian princess. His last store closed in 1997, and he no longer has a label. Estevez now lives in California. [TheDaily]
- This year for the first time, the CFDA Awards will be broadcast on Style.com. [WWD]
- New York City is cracking down on salons that charge men and women different prices for the same services, like manicures and haircuts. "I think there are completely legitimate reasons to charge different prices for different services and that one should be specific for what those reasons are," says the commissioner for the Department of Consumer Affairs, which has issued 138 tickets for sex discrimination in pricing so far this year. "Reasons are not chromosomes." [WSJ]
- Tennis player Novak Djokovic is now a spokesmodel for Uniqlo. Anna Wintour is probably dancing in her office right now. [WWD]
- A digital marketing agency founder tries to explain why most fashion "films" — especially anything "behind the scenes" — created for the Internet totally suck and are really boring to watch:
On a recent video shoot, a renowned photographer, struggling to complete an eight shot count, turned over the responsibility of shooting moving image to his trusted first assistant. Armed with only a handheld Canon 5D, the assistant tried his best to capture footage over the shoulder of the photographer. But unfortunately, even with the best of intentions, the footage was shaky and the subject never made eye contact with the camera. Predictably, the resulting video was distant, unfocused and rambling.
- Elsa Peretti, who is 72, is reportedly considering retiring from the licensed jewelry line that she sells at Tiffany's. The line represents around 10% of the luxury retailer's sales. [WWD]
- In other news, Tiffany shares lost value after the company announced weaker than expected quarterly results. Tiffany's net income rose only 0.6% over the same period last year, to $81.5 million. [WWD]
- L'Oréal heir Jean-Victor Meyers launched a fashion line selling men's knitwear. [WWD]
- When Giorgio Armani was hospitalized with hepatitis in 2009, it wasn't because he contracted one of the viruses that usually cause the disease: it was because he was taking some kind of dietary supplement, which he refuses to name, that poisoned his liver. The 78-year-old designer has now recovered, but the health crisis and his age has people in the industry wondering what will happen to his business when he dies. Armani relies on a close-knit group of longtime friends and family members whom he calls "Il Fedeli," or "the faithful" (which is totally normal and not at all cultish!). But he insists that he still runs the show, creatively speaking, and former employees call him a control freak. Niece Silvana Armani says, "We can't talk about succession with him. It's like saying, In a while you'll no longer be here. It's terrible. Talking about it would be terrible." Not talking about it could be even worse. [WSJ]
- Giorgio Armani says its sales rose 45% from 2010 to 2011. Its operating profit for the year rose 23.2%, to $391.7 million. [WWD]
- PVH, the parent company of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, increased its quarterly net income by 61.5% year-on-year, to $93.1 million. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with Christian Louboutin. Christian, have you been misquoted?
"I have been misquoted. People say I am the king of painful shoes. I don't want to create painful shoes, but it is not my job to create something comfortable. I try to make high heels as comfortable as they can be, but my priority is design, beauty and sexiness. I'm not against them, but comfort is not my focus."
- [Vogue UK]