- Michelle Obama is in Harper's Bazaar, a magazine that once creepily hired Tyra Banks to impersonate her. Obama wore her own clothes for the shoot, and she talks about wearing "a little tutu fairy costume" for a childhood production:
- "I remember very early on being the good fairy in Hansel and Gretel and having to sing a solo, which was humiliating." Her brother played Hansel. [Harper's Bazaar]
- Meanwhile, Donna Karan is hosting the First Lady at her Greenwich Village home for a fund-raiser. [NYPost]
- Oscar de la Renta had hip replacement surgery shortly before his most recent fashion show, and during his recovery, says a source, he has "been in the office taking meetings, but is weaker and takes naps to rest. There's speculation that staff and designers have recently been hired to prepare for a possible future with Oscar taking a lesser role." De la Renta, through a spokesperson,. denies that any succession plans are in the works, and says his health is fine. [P6]
- Beyoncé wears Jay-Z's face as a manicure. [NYTimes]
- Gossip Girl stylist Eric Daman is getting his own dress line with Charlotte Russe. [StyleList]
- The campaign for Chloé's new fragrance, Love Chloé, features Raquel Zimmerman striding down a Paris sidewalk — and, apparently, wearing a belt by a competing brand. Photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and creative director Ezra Petronio somehow managed to get an Yves Saint Laurent accessory into a Chloé campaign. Whoops. [WWD]
- Designer and Garment District booster Yeohlee Teng opened her first store and threw a kind of a block party on West 38th Street to celebrate. The street was decorated with signs reading "I <3 Yeohlee," which were made by her graphic designe -neighbor's kids. Awww. [WWD]
- Manolo Blahnik's anti-platform-shoe platform is, by now, well-established. He tells British Harper's Bazaar that they are "vile": "I don't believe in cruelty so I don't say if I think a friend has bad taste. My only exception is if a woman is wearing stilettos with platforms. These are so vulgar — especially the ones with the perspex platforms like you see in 1970s porno films. So shocking! To friends I can say anything, so I might say: 'Those shoes are vile!' (I like to tell the truth in a funny way if I can), while to someone I don't know, I might say: 'My God you look wonderful! Your dress is divine but the volume of your leg is wrong in those shoes.'" [Racked]
- One Belgian retailer with a thing for wack-a-doodle millinery amassed a stunning record of more than 200 Stephen Jones hats, and in so doing, preserved some of the British designer's earliest work. The collection is now on display at the Mode Museum in Antwerp. [NYTimes]
- Gap, in case you're still wondering why your company is still under-performing: one reason might be that of four pretty awesome prototypes from your Pierre Hardy collaboration — which is one of those overpriced, limited-edition designer collections that are like fashion catnip to many of us who should know better — you decided to produce only the one, most boring, style. A fucking peep-toe wedge bootie? Are you kidding? That's all you think of us? [Fashionologie]
- Linda Evangelista and Peter Morton have split up. [P6]
- The Cut noticed that this Chanel snowboard, priced at eleventy-billion dollars and eighty-five cents, is set up all wrong. The bindings are on backwards. [The Cut]
- Coco Rocha and James Conran's apartment is filled with beautiful clothes, beautiful old books, beautiful candle holders that once belonged to Andy Warhol, and the largest and most beautiful makeup counter we have ever seen. [Vogue]
Oh, Mobama. That dress! I need it.
I find myself daydreaming about Michelle wanting to be my friend and teaching me the ways of her awesomeness.