- Hilary Swank is the face, or rather the hair, of Pantene's 'Beautiful Lengths' campaign, which raises awareness for cancer and for which everyone's most winsome trailer-park veteran will grow and cut her hair to be made into a wig for a cancer patient. Which is highly courageous for someone who has already once endured the indignity of short hair for one Oscar-winning performance. Maybe someone will get Renee Zellweger to give up food on behalf of starvation victims next. [WWD, sub req'd]
- The upcoming issue of French Vogue features a fashion spread in which a model plays American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in all her bitchy, PETA-offending glory. Is this catty? Cross-promotional? Yes, and yes, and don't forget to add, "totally despicable!" We can't wait to see it. [WWD, 1st item]
- Poor Julia Restoin-Roitfeld (spawn of Anna Wintour frenemy-in-chief/French Vogue EIC Carine Roitfeld) - growing up in fashion was so hard! [Vogue UK, 1st item]
- With Kate Moss out as the body of lingerie line Agent Provocateur, Maggie Gyllenhaal is stepping in and will be appearing in some online advertisements. Um, because the internet generation has not already seen enough of Maggie Gyllenhaal's intimates? [WWD, 3rd item]
- Coach is debuting a $10,000 handbag. Will Dooney & Bourke be next? Seriously consumers: Save for an apartment, eradicate world hunger, whatevs, you know our deal. [The Budget Fashionista]
- Bitter that you never got a Bedazzler as a kid? Torture your parents by taking their vacuum cleaner to English department Selfridges to get covered in Swarovski crystals. No really! Someone thought of this! [Vogue UK]
- Lauren Goldstein Crowe gem of the day: "One of the things that makes me proud to work in fashion is that it is practically impossibly to parody us." HAH. [Portfolio.com]
Corporations and cancer research: a weird confluence of cause, effect, and mutual back stratching. The idea that Proctor and Gamble (the makers of Pantene) are so concerned about cancer is outrageous considering P&G also make the formaldehyde laced Magic Eraser, among many other dubious products. God knows what's in Pantene itself. P&G and many other companies love the 'raising money for cancer research' racket because it makes them look so socially responsible. And the various 'awareness raising' cancer foundations love the exposure and cash they get from the corporate hook up. How much money do the actual researchers ever see?
Also: did Pantene really say they're raising money for cancer AWARENESS? How about cancer treatment, cure, or better yet, PREVENTION.
OK, I'll step off my soap box now too...