- Rihanna has been made the face of Gucci's new UNICEF campaign. Gucci's creative director, Frida Giannini, chose the pop star and founder of the Believe Foundation after seeing her perform at a UNICEF fundraiser in February. "When we decided to dedicate a full ad campaign, more than just creating products, to really come out and show our commitment to UNICEF, we wanted someone with a strong personality," Giannini explained. "I felt a musician and a beautiful woman was the perfect icon for this campaign." [ElleUK]
- Louis Vuitton has introduced a new bag that comes emblazoned with cornball jokes by mid-century Borscht Belt comedian Henny Youngman. (My wife went to the beauty shop and got a mud pack. For two days she looked beautiful. Then the mud fell off," is one.) It's part of the "Jokes" series by designer Richard Prince "pertaining to sexual frustrations and middle-class American mentality." [The Life Files]
- Naomi Campbell on fashion's inequalities: "Now at Paris Haute Couture there was only one black girl out of all the shows. It cannot be a trend." [Yahoo]
- The much-anticipated Lindsay Lohan legging line has hit Intuition's shelves. Zippers, knee pads and leopard prints are involved. [Bauer-Griffin
- Some ranking of fashion capitals shows that while "the big five" still dominate (that's NYC, Rome, Paris, Milan and London), "B-list" cities like Sydney and Dubai are "coming on strong." [Yahoo]
- A judge has green-lit a class-action lawsuit against possibly lead-tainted LVMH lipsticks. [Cosmetics News]
- London scenester and daughter-of-Sir-Bob, Peaches Geldof, is hawking a bunch of her old clothes on eBay. Some of the dosh goes to charity. [Sunday Mirror]
- Alleged 'Bust-firming bra' promises '4 weeks to a firmer looking you.' We call possibly-temporary-and-almost-unnoticeable-improvement-bullshit. [Victoria's Secret]
- Alexander McQueen goes all high-tech with an e-commerce option. [WWD]
- Gossip Girl crosses the pond! The show, "perhaps, the most cynical product placement exercise in history, is set to transform British teenage girls into preppy Manhattan Upper East-Siders." Come on, you know you love us. [Guardian]
- Los Angeles luxury market pushes the architectural envelope: "L.A. is in the midst of a designer boutique boom that's as much about statement-making architecture and one-upsmanship as it is about selling bags and boots." [Los Angeles Times]
- Macy's chairman puts a brave face on dismal market. [WWD]
- A wedding's locale "has everything to do with choosing the dress." As They Might Be Giants bride discovered the hard way. [New York Times]
- Tragic YSL muse Talitha Getty. [Telegraph]
Ugh. Screw you Richard Prince. Taking a picture of another picture isn't art. Stenciling other people's jokes isn't art. You friggen hack.
Alexander McQueen, you are a genius and wonderful and I offer myself to you.