Even Karl Lagerfeld Has a John Travolta Gay Massage Joke

Karl Lagerfeld was asked at a party whom he'd like to massage. (A celebrity massage had just been auctioned for charity at said party, so this wasn't a totally random question.) "I hate massage and I don't believe in massage. I hate to be touched," replied the Chanel designer. So, nobody then? "No. I'm not John Travolta." [The Cut]


Victoria Beckham is reading E.M. Forster on the new cover of German Interview. Inside, she tells the magazine that while she is "a happy person," if all she saw of herself were her sourpuss paparazzi pictures, she'd think she was miserable, too. "I created this persona and I'm very different from that. I don't feel like I have to scream and shout about it — I know I am a happy person. So I don't get upset when people comment on the fact that I look quite miserable all the time. But people think I am. And you know, sometimes I think the same thing when I look at the pictures." [DS]

French customs unveiled a new ad campaign targeting buyers of counterfeit goods — which are illegal to own in France. Will slogans like, "Buy a fake Cartier, get a genuine criminal record" work? [WWD]


A company called Rayfish Sneakers claims to have perfected the genetic modification of stingrays, creating unique patterns and colors in their skin. A pair of (hoax?) "bio-customized" stingray leather shoes will set you back $1,800. [Fast Company]


Designer Maayan Zilberman of the Lake & Stars lingerie brand decided to stop dying her hair black to cover the gray she's had since her early 20s. To those of us who may or may not have found our first grays in the harsh light of a Milwaukee motel bathroom, age 19, her makeover looks fantastic. [Refinery29]


Susie Bubble has a fascinating step-by-step look at shoe designer Noritaka Tatehana's process as he applies a leather sole to one of his trademark heel-less shoes. (Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness are among Tatehana's fans, and these Swarovski-encrusted gray shoes are destined for the feet of the latter.) [Style Bubble]

  • A fire in Qatar's biggest shopping mall, the Villaggio, killed 19 people. [WWD]

    Roberto Cavalli went to Paris, where he ate home-cooked couscous with Azzedine Alaïa. Roberto Cavalli also noticed bluetooth headsets:

    We're relaxing, watching and commenting on the passers-by. Eighty percent of them are walking while talking on their mobile phones. Some are using headsets. It seems as though they are talking to themselves! It's ridiculous and funny!

    Roberto Cavalli added that he hates Mondays. [Roberto Cavalli Blog]

    Dennis Basso booked Coco Rocha for his fall campaign because her Met Ball outfit — a yellow and pink Givenchy matador-style pantsuit once owned by Elizabeth Taylor — impressed him. [WWD]

    A "source very close to" Gisele Bündchen says that the supermodel is, in fact, pregnant. [Modelinia]

    British Elle wants to put out an October issue that is edited, art directed, styled, and written by interns. British Elle is currently seeking some interns. They better be fairly paid. [Elle UK]

    Gucci made some shoes out of recycled plastic. [WWD]

    Banana Republic is a rare bright spot on Gap Inc.'s balance sheet: the chain's same-store sales rose 5% year-on-year during the quarter just ended. Total revenue rose 7.4%, to $622 million. [BW]

    Profits at Neiman Marcus rose 35% year-on-year during the quarter just ended, to $626 million. Same-store sales rose a healthy 6.7%. [WWD]

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