Ed Westwick: Actor, Designer, Renaissance Man?

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  • Secret Englishman and Strokes friend Ed Westwick - yeah, Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl - is apparently in talks to design a line of clothing. [Fashionista]
  • The "Heidi Klum Index": "Klum's income for last year is estimated at $15 million for the year, making her the second-richest model, behind Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen but well ahead of Kate Moss." [The Street]
  • The presumably anti-pope NoToPope Coalition is holding an "annoying fashion parade" outside an Australian parliament building, sporting shirts with slogans like "Pope Go Homo" and "The Pope Is Wrong - Put a Condom On." The parade is a run-through for the Annoying Fashions' official premier, on World Youth Day. Oh yeah, the pope's coming. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • Milla Jovovich on whose wardrobes she'd steal: "Marianne Faithfull's and Bianca Jagger's. And I'd also steal Isabel Archer's from The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. I'd steal everything from Edith Wharton's heroines, and from the little chimney sweeps from Dickens's novels. I'd love to go into David Bowie's wardrobe. I'd mix all the clothes from these wardrobes into one of my own." She'd also get neck-extension. And "knee-shrinkers." [Times Online]
  • Ruslana Korshunova's friends and family insist her apparent suicide is suspicious. "She didn't have a single reason to do this and 1,001 reasons to live," said her mother, calling on the NYPD to reopen the case. [Daily News]
  • Economic hardships cause "mainstream moms" to spend less on clothes. [WWD]
  • Style.com to launch a beauty offshoot. [Fashionista]
  • In a sorta cringe-worthy attempt to keep up with the kids, warhorse Lord & Taylor is putting graffiti artists in their windows. "The stunt is part of Art in Action, a program that brings the visual arts to unexpected locations and people, and features five artists from TATS CRU, the Bronx-based graffiti collective most famous (maybe) for a giant mural of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen that inexplicably showed up on Avenue A last year (it turned out to be a PR hype for E! television)."

  • Gap clothes-folding tutorial! [Wall Street Journal.]
  • Levis profits drop sharply. [Reuters]
  • 40's cover girl Dorian Leigh dies at 91. The model, "who combined pristine blue eyes, curling eyelashes, an arresting intelligence and intoxicating sexuality to become one of history's most photographed models - perhaps the first to truly merit the adjective super - died Monday." [New York Times]
  • British retailer Mango to expand...to Iraq. [WWD]
  • Takeshi Kaneshiro, who will be the first Asian model to appear in an Armani campaigns. [VogueUK]
  • The Steve & Barry's death watch continues: the retailer chain is expected to file Chapter 11 any minute. [Reuters]
  • Wall-E producer takes fashion inspiration from animated robot. "Inspired by the sleek, white form of Eve, Ms. Collins wore a flowing white Oscar de la Renta gown to the film's wrap party." [Wall Street Journal]
  • "This morning 'Fashion DJ's' kicks off at Abbey Road studios, a star-studded, three day music event of musical performance and fashion exhibitionism." Basically, this seems to translate to Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss's baby daddy - DJ-ing. [ElleUK]
  • Cruise lines becoming an important market for fashion houses. "Gucci is one of a growing line of fashion houses showing off a "cruise wear" or pre-spring collection in addition to summer and winter wear, eyeing the line as an important niche to keep customer interest in a global economic downturn." [Reuters]
  • "When you figure out your suitcase, you figure out your life." (DVF, given to trite sartorial axioms. Wait, didn't she give this same quote to Harper's Bazaar earlier this year?) [Telegraph]
  • Australian Merino Woolmark Prize designed to aid wool producers, is way too hot to think about. [Fashion Week Daily]
  • A former Vogue writer dishes on Anna Wintour Sort of. "She came to represent a new archetype for a fashion editor: a master of the universe who wears her power as comfortably and impeccably as Chanel couture. It's an intimidating combination because it implies that she is a woman who is accomplished in the so-called masculine art of war and still knows how to use all the stereotypically feminine wiles. She is a double threat." [Washington Post]

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I think we should stop calling people "Renaissance Men/Women" anymore unless they invent some sort of technological contraption that will not be successfully made and used for 500 some years.