Marc Jacobs turns 49 today. He's down in Brazil celebrating with the porn star who's been calling the designer "boyfriend" on Twitter, where we hope nobody is giving him a birthday present in trade. In honor of the momentous date, British Vogue has a look back at how his style has changed over the years. Here's Jacobs in 2005 and 2006. [Vogue UK]
The aforementioned porn star Harry Louis — who is neither the first porn star (Erik Rhodes) nor the first Brazilian (Lorenzo Martone) the designer has dated, but may in fact be the first Brazilian porn star — Tweeted the designer a happy birthday message. [@HARRY_LOUIS]
Jacobs and Louis, who first got together in December, have been hitting the scene in Rio de Janeiro this week. [Made in Brazil]
Jacobs' new perfume, Dot, has a bottle (ladybug-ish), a price ($48-$89), and an ad campaign (Codie Young by Juergen Teller). Jacobs says: "I asked myself, What would this Dot be? And for me, it would be something that was chic, something that was charming. A dot is timeless and a pattern I always love, and round shapes are always beautiful." [WWD]
Carine Roitfeld's new magazine will be named CR Fashion Book, CR for short. This is a mock-up cover. The first issue will be 288 pages and will cost $9.95; the magazine will have no front-of-book section, no standalone ads (only spreads), and will publish only long-form writing and fashion and beauty editorials. Included in the mock issue is a story about Patti Smith, accompanied by Bruce Weber photos, pictured. That is so great we hope it's real. [WWD]
Arizona Muse rocks asymmetrical hair and a big smile on the cover of Vogue China. [DS]
Here are the characters of Final Fantasy XIII-2 wearing current season Prada men's wear. Photoshopped for Arena Homme Plus. [AdVerve]
Doutzen Kroes says that women now face more pressure to have "perfect" bodies thanks to the ubiquity of fashion and the mass media. "It's difficult because we get pressure as girls to be beautiful and thin. It's really strange because we don't get pressure to be scientists or athletes." In an interview, Kroes declined to elaborate on her own perceived bodily flaws, because she thinks women are pushed to be too critical of themselves physically. The Dutch supermodel also says she believes the minimum age for modeling should be 16. [HuffPo]
Very quietly on Friday, Heidi Klum filed for divorce from Seal. [Us]
Vogue Paris Tweeted the following in reference to its upcoming English-language Web site: "France gave the US the Statue of Liberty, now we are taking Vogue.fr to the wider world... get ready for #VogueParisinEnglish." But the wording made many people think that the magazine was announcing an English print edition. [@VogueParis]
Kate Upton's high-fashion crossover continues: this weekend she shot with Elle Muliarchyk for Interview Russia. UPDATE: The post has been taken down. [Elle's Blog]
Indie darling Vena Cava, which has been rumored to be in severe financial trouble, has found an investor: the U.S. subsidiary of Hong Kong sourcing giant Li & Fung. Li & Fung is not acquiring a majority stake in the label, but will hold the Vena Cava master license, meaning it will have a wide latitude to negotiate deals on licensed goods. Vena Cava, meanwhile, will have money to expand and hopefully won't be subject to any more talk about canceled fashion shows, empty headquarters and laid-off staff. [WWD]
Topshop founder Philip Green's daughter Chloe is launching a namesake shoe line called CJG, after her initials. [Telegraph]
Botkier is launching a new high-end line called Monica Botkier. [WWD]
Fast-fashion behemoth H&M wants you to believe that it takes its corporate social responsibility seriously. Its latest sustainability report comes out this week. Here's the good news, from the Observer:
Thursday's report will show some impressive sustainable figures: for example nearly 2.5 million pairs of shoes were made last year using lower-impact water-based solvents; all building contractors have signed a code of conduct to ensure "good" working conditions; recycled polyester equivalent to 9.2 million plastic bottles has been used, and H&M uses more organic cotton in production than any other group. This year I am told, 7.6% of its cotton was organic (an industry insider estimates H&M's overall cotton use to be around 200,000 tonnes a year). By 2020 100% will be sustainably sourced cotton.
And the bad news? "While H&M talks about responsibility, in the supply chain where retailers devolve power to factories it can be easy to distance yourself." H&M's sustainability executives are keen to talk about a short educational film about fire safety that the company has supposedly shown to 400,000 garment workers. It's less keen to actually discuss firm fire-safety standards.
Sam Maher, of the NGO Labour Behind The Label, the UK platform for the international Clean Clothes Campaign, is not so impressed (although she is yet to see the latest 2011 report). "I'd like to be at the point where unions can phone H&M and talk through any labour disputes. The Clean Clothes Campaign should no longer need to exist. Sadly that's far from the case. DVDs 'educating' garment workers are all very well but I think workers know there is a problem. They aren't stupid. What's needed is proper dialogue with unions and freedom of association, long term investment and proper resources."
H&M is "considering" — but has not yet signed on to — the binding fire safety standards for Bangladeshi factories developed by Tommy Hilfiger parent company PVH; this despite the fact that one of the deadliest garment factory fires in recent memory killed 21 workers at an H&M knitwear supplier. [Observer, Previously]