Helena Christensen is mad as hell about the tabloid bodysnarking of Kim Kardashian and she just won't take it anymore. The supermodel wrote in an open letter:
It is disgusting and despicable the way that certain media constantly harass the pregnant Kim Kardashian. It's enough that they persistently project a negative focus on women's physical shapes; but a public bullying and attacking of a pregnant woman because of her growing shape is just lower than low.
Whatever else the tabloid-media feel a sick need to spew out of their venomous bowels, let that be their lame choice. But there should be some moral compass. It doesn't matter who the woman is or what she does. No one should ever be publicly judged for their body, but to attack an expecting mother is sacrilegious and just plain wrong. A pregnant woman should not be criticized for her shape, period!!
Photographer Elle Muliarchyk talks to Women's Wear Daily about her latest series of self-portraits. Muliarchyk took the shots on a road trip across the U.S. to Antelope Canyon, Utah. Muliarchyk is becoming known for her fashion work, most notably a recent (and somewhat controversial) spread about food and culture for I Love You magazine. [WWD]
Old Navy designed this cardigan-style tweed bouclé jacket with no thought of Chanel, which invented the cardigan-style tweed bouclé jacket. "I don't think there was any intention for it to look like anything," said Old Navy designer Michael Ingram Jones, presumably while making "see no evil" motions with his hands. "We have seen a lot of great-looking women wearing tweed cardigan jackets." [WWD]
Bangladeshi government officials are testifying in Washington, D.C., about their country's industrial safety standards in the wake of a string of deadly garment factory fires. As WWD reports, "The U.S. Trade Representative's office is reviewing whether to revoke or suspend duty-free trade benefits given to Bangladesh under the Generalized System of Preferences, a program that provides duty-free benefits for about 4,800 products from 131 designated countries." Bangladeshi officials argue that the number of factory fires has dropped from 293 in 2009 to 97 in 2012, but during that period the number of workers who died in such fires has risen. Labor rights activists contend that the Bangladeshi government is not doing enough to ensure adequate safety standards are instituted and to protect workers who want to form unions. The Bangladeshi economy is dominated by the apparel and textile manufacturing sector. The country has one of the lowest minimum wages on earth, $43/month. [WWD]
Cate Blanchett signed a contract worth a reported $10 million to be the face of Armani perfumes. [P6]
Adding to David LaChapelle's legal woes is a new lawsuit filed by his former boyfriend and agent, Fred Torres. The $75 million suit alleges LaChapelle failed to pay Torres fees and expenses incurred in Torres' representation of the photographer and in the sale of his works. Torres also claims that when LaChapelle defected to a new gallery, Paul Kasmin, he "conspired" to steal Torres' client list and other proprietary business information. Torres argues that information is worth at least $40 million. A few months ago, LaChapelle sued Torres for $2.8 million worth of proceeds from the sale of LaChapelle's works that Torres allegedly pocketed. [NYDN]
Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy C.E.O. Bernard Arnault just bagged himself an honorary knighthood. Prince Charles named the luxury magnate a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He is entitled to add the letters K.B.E. to his name but not to use the honorific "sir." [WWD]
Diane von Furstenberg had another skiing accident. This time, she broke her shoulder. [WWD]
At 20, Cara Delevingne already has covers of British Vogue, a relationship with a member of One Direction, and campaigns for major luxury brands under her belt. But she's not done adding to her C.V.:
"I'm aiming for an Oscar, a Grammy, and a Nobel Peace Prize. And maybe Prime Minister."
Bare Escentuals, the Shiseido-owned mineral makeup brand, is expanding. This year, the company plans to open an additional nine stores in Brazil and one more U.K. store. [WWD]
And now, a moment with Naeem Khan. Naeem, what were you doing when you found out Michelle Obama had decided to wear one of your gowns to a state dinner?
"I was in Miami in the shower, which was this open glass cube thing that I can see the TV from. When I saw the First Lady, I literally grabbed a towel and stepped out soaking wet staring at the TV. Later I was watching CNN [to see his interview] and I see ‘Breaking News' flash across the screen. It's not as though the world is ending. She's just wearing a dress."
Khan was still chuckling Thanksgiving morning when he ran out to the local supermarket for his wife to buy a larger turkey pan. "This woman behind me asked me to reach up and get one for her. When I turned to hand it to her, she said, ‘You're Naeem Khan.' Not a pretty moment. Here I am in a T-shirt, shorts and my little sandals with an aluminum pan in my hands at the local Publix, and I am the new designer for the First Lady of the United States."