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JWOWW's Clothing Line Gets Killed

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  • Sad news for those who were eagerly awaiting our Boob Slings in the mail: JWOWW's clothing line will not go into production, due to a trademark dispute. All customers who pre-ordered Ms. Woww's spangled wares are to be refunded. [Radar]
  • After perfumer Jean-Paul Guerlain went on French television and said he had "worked like a n——r — actually, I'm not sure if n—-s ever worked so hard," to formulate his Samsara scent, the company has distanced itself from its former employee. (In French, what Guerlain said was this: "Pour une fois, je me suis mis à travailler comme un nègre. Je ne sais pas si les nègres ont toujours tellement travaillé, mais enfin.") Guerlain the company called Guerlain the individual's remarks "intolerable" and stressed that he hasn't been a shareholder since 1996. [WWD]
  • The Harvard Business Review put an awful lot of effort into "proving" that Michelle Obama "creates an unprecedented amount of value" for the clothing brands she wears, and that she does this by improving the stock prices of the publicly traded companies whose labels she wears and even the stock prices of stores who sometimes carry those labels. The total dollar value of the First Lady's impact on the stock market? $2.7 billion. This strikes us as highly tendentious, over-determined, and silly, but the graphic is priceless. [HBR]
  • Do you like Kiehl's? Do you live for the opportunity to meet Dwight Schrute from The Office? We'd imagine that Venn diagram would be pretty slender, but someone nonetheless thought it would be a good idea to get Rainn Wilson to open a Kiehl's store in Seattle. [NWSource]
  • Kelly Osbourne: "Fuck you. I'm still the same person. I just lost 50 pounds." [Bluefly]
  • Zac Posen's mom is no longer his C.E.O. Susan Posen has stepped down, and Susan Davidson — who has a day job being C.E.O. of the retail chain Scoop — is taking her place. Posen's company, which, like Scoop, is owned by Ron Burkle's holding company, has been rumored to be in financial trouble. [WWD]
  • Vogue Nippon fashion editor Anna Dello Russo has 4,000 pairs of shoes. Those shoes, along with her thousands of items of clothing, fill an entire apartment of their own. So dedicated to having the right kind of footwear is Anna Dello Russo, that once in high school, she wore a pair of yellow shoes she had laid out the night before — even though her cat had just peed in them. "But it got hot in the classroom, and there was this terrible stink of cat pee," she remembers. "I had to confess because I didn't want anyone thinking I had peed in my pants. They all screamed, 'Couldn't you have changed your shoes?'" To ask that question is to fail to understand fashion, folks. Oh, also — this is ADR on her short-lived marriage: "He said, 'Isn't there some closet space for me?' And I said, 'No.'" [Fashionologie]
  • Around 300 people, including designers Nanette Lepore, Anna Sui, and Yeohlee Teng, rallied to "save the Garment District" yesterday. Although city officials and members of Congress came, nobody from the Council of Fashion Designers of America did. [WWD]
  • "Sources" say that PETA is apopleptic about Victoria Beckham's handbag collection, which audaciously uses crocodile, lizard, and calf leather. She better watch out, because PETA wants to throw crocodile feet at her at her next public appearance. [This is London]
  • New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand got the Vogue treatment. [HuffPo]
  • Behind-the-scenes photos from Katy Perry's perfume campaign shoot show the singer reclining on a pink bed in a latex catsuit, and awaiting the introduction of two fluffy white kittens. [People]
  • Jewelry given to Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Burton will be displayed in Paris. [WWD]
  • Rodarte's Laura Mulleavy, on designing the costumes for the Darren Aronofsky film Black Swan: "Building a tutu is one of the lost couture arts. Everyone will know it's like getting your hand on the prize, like a coveted piece of couture that no one ever gets to see. It's very interesting, the dance world. You can't go rent a tutu. You have to own it. And every ballet theater has an archive and everything is stored and kept perfect. They're worn over time and they're ruined and they have slits and eyes in different spots, so they're never actually perfect, but from afar, when you're in the audience, it looks like one of the most beautiful things in the world. So our job then was to create tutus that were beautiful, but then they had to function completely." [The Cut]
  • "invoking the molly ringwaldish wonders of the 80s, rodarte has exclusively designed two charming and heartfilled t-shirts that debuted at our fashion's night out flea market at the ace hotel. nostalgic, minimalist, and sweet, these special tees reflect the mulleavy sisters' keen sense of the antique." That is Opening Ceremony's description for a gray t-shirt that says "Rodarte Prom" on it. It's left over from Fashion's Night Out. And it costs $150. [Opening Ceremony]
  • Investor and Tod's owner Diego Della Valle now owns 11.1% of Saks Fifth Avenue. [WWD]
  • Young designer Brian Reyes has reportedly shuttered his main line collection to focus on "private sales." [Fashionista]
  • Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez bought a house in the Berkshires that was built in the 1790s, and the 100 acres it sits on. They have been gradually cutting down some of the trees on the property, where they also keep cows, goats, and chickens. [The Cut]
  • Fendi has won more than $10 million from Burlington Coat Factory — which the designer giant is framing as a victory for consumers. It's not entirely clear whether the lawsuit stemmed from Burlington Coat Factory's having sold counterfeit Fendi goods, or merely from selling apparently authentic Fendi items without Fendi's permission. [WWD]
  • Eva Herzigova is pregnant with her second child. This really is the year of the spawning supermodels: in the past twelve months, Heidi Klum gave birth to her fourth child, Adriana Lima had a daughter, Gisele Bündchen gave birth to her son, Alessandra Ambrosio had a daughter, and Doutzen Kroes and Miranda Kerr confirmed they were pregnant. [People]
  • The Wall Street Journal is increasing the frequency of its glossy style supplement, WSJ., to nine issues a year. Deborah Needleman's first issue comes out December 4. [WWD]
  • Fascinating sidebar about Native Americans and Pendleton in Cintra Wilson's shopping column today: "A good deal of rack space is devoted to Opening Ceremony's collaborations with Pendleton. These are wild-looking garments — bright coats in Native American blanket patterns and stripes, detailed with antler buttons. The history of Pendleton Woolen Mills, I later read, is very much entwined with that of Native Americans, who, in the pre-Columbian era, made their own blankets out of bark and fur. Pendleton Woolen Mills unveiled its own jacquard looms in Oregon in 1909, and sent designers on research trips to live with various Native American tribes and find out what colors and patterns they preferred. It was an early example of the seductive power of capitalism: Pendleton so nailed the Indian blanket market that other Indian blanket-makers eventually went out of business. Pendleton blankets were integrated into ceremonies and traditions of Native American life at the deepest levels. As a baby, you would be wrapped and christened in a Pendleton blanket; you'd wear Pendleton blankets to dance in tribal ceremonies, receive them as your wedding dowry, and pay down your debts with them. When you died, you would be wrapped in a Pendleton blanket, or one would line your coffin." [NYTimes]
  • Derek Lam wants to collaborate on a lower-priced line with a retailer "like Topshop." [WWD]
  • Washington University put together a handy (if slightly obvious) guide for anyone lucky enough to have snagged a horrible, non-paying, 70-hour-week-requiring, fashion internship. [Student Life]
  • Perhaps next year they could include this tip from the designer Chris Benz, who Tweeted: "Our intern just asked me if 'that is the fabrics we're making your Halloween costumes from' ... Uh, nope that's our FW11 fabric board. #die" [@cmbenz]
  • A gold Alexander McQueen boot — yours for just HK$39,000 — is this season's tallest shoe, as measured by the Wall Street Journal. It comes in at 15cm. [WSJ]
  • Um, Women's Wear Daily, the line is "Four seasons in one day." Not in a day. </Crowded House arcana> [WWD]