Gianfranco Ferre, "Architect Of Fashion", Dies

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  • Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre, the "architect of fashion" (and favorite designer of Oprah Winfrey) died yesterday at the age of 62 from a brain hemorrhage. In addition to designing his own eponymous label, he created scandal by being [gasp!] an Italian overseeing Dior, from 1989-1996. Nonsensical statement from John Galliano surely TK. [IHT]
  • Who will be Ferre's successor? You know the Italians: They're always soooo clear cut and undramatic about these fashion house leadership questions.. [WSJ]
  • Oscar de la Renta is creating a line of baubles for his beloved ladies who lunch. The jewelry line will run under the kinda-gross name "O Oscar." [WWD, sub req'd]
  • Gisele Bundchen: The highest paid-model of the year! Which proves, dears, that you don't have to be a flagrant cokehead and/or a 14-year old Slovenian girl to make a buck in this industry. [Vogue UK]
  • Wal-Mart continues its ill-fated foray into fashion by ditching its employees' signature blue vest for a more "preppy" uniform. Memo to Wal-Mart: Maybe whenever you have an "instinct" about fashion, you should go ahead and do the opposite. [ABC News]
  • Oh Posh, stop it with the lying: You don't eat. It's ok. We know. [WWD, sub req'd]
  • Apparently if you are a WASP, it is offensive to be called one. [WWD, 3rd item]
  • Pregnant women need not apply for modeling gigs at Calvin Klein. [WWD, 1st item]
  • And yet according to Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld, Cladia Schiffer is more beautiful today than she was during her supermodel heydey because she got married and had babies. [Vogue UK]
  • If we didn't love Al Gore and, y'know, the environment or whatever, we would actually have hurled all over ourselves reading this: Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow, Carine Roitfeld, Marghertia Missoni, and other vaguely conscience-y fashion types are designing limited edition t-shirts to benefit Gore's The Climate Project. [Vogue UK]



Um, wow. So many disturbing things about the Wal-Mart uniform change. Employees more identifiable in khakis and a polo? Because normal people don't wear that outfit? Nor, say, do employees of Best Buy? And the old uniforms are being recycled into lap blankets for convalescing soldiers because nothing says "thank you for serving our country, and sorry you lost your leg" like being forced to have a stiff royal-blue fabric against your skin for hours.