- After Target, which styles itself an LGBT-friendly employer, was caught giving thousands to rabidly anti-gay political candidates, it said it would stop. Well: Target has since given over $30,000 to anti-gay-rights candidates and causes. [The Awl]
- Here is a story all about Elle Fanning's style. Elle Fanning is 12, but obviously "Elle Fanning's Stlye" is what some people wanted to Google today. [TDB]
- We hope you like the Roberto Cavalli night club in (where else?) Dubai, with its black quartz floors and animal-print everything. Because the Italian designer has signed a licensing deal to open another five Cavalli clubs and a 15 Cavalli cafés across the Middle East, Asia, and South America. [WWD]
- From the You Can't Make It Up dep't: basketball player Amar'e Stoudemire is rumored to be launching a fashion brand with Rachel Roy. [P6]
- Apparently, after Aliona Doletskaya announced her resignation from Vogue Russia, there was so much crying in the office that a wall for floral tributes and condolence messages was set up. And: "A great farewell party was held on the steps outside Gum, the famous department store in Red Square. As in some 19th-century opera, Aliona was seen ensconced in a forest of flowers, a wailing chorus of blondes in even-more-latest little black dresses ranged behind her. The bells of St Basil's tolled, the Kremlin's cannons roared. Above screamed a fly-past of private jets, babushkas prostrated themselves low on the granite pavements and priests intoned ancient anthems as the richest men and most powerful oligarchs in Russia queued to kiss Aliona's hand, the hand that had, singly, put their wives or girlfriends on the fashion map." [Telegraph]
- Hold on to your flesh-toned Margiela thong bodysuits and buckle up your customized platforms, monsters, because what we have to say may shock you: Lady Gaga went shopping in Paris yesterday. Though dressed normally in a black biker jacket, underwear, and sunglasses, the Pantsless One entered an establishment known for selling "preppy" style clothing (which was having a "sale" on khakis) and remained there for twenty minutes. It is not known if she purchased pants. [People]
- On the topic of La Gaga, Joan Rivers says, "Lady Gaga wants to look crazy — her next outfit I know is going to be surf and turf." Actually, this whole interview with Rivers and her daughter is hilarious. Joan has all the best lines: "I just think Prada should be shut down, and truly I think they hate Americans. I think they're still angry at us for WWII." And: "Stylists are bad people sometimes." And: "My personal style, I think, is over-the-top dowager. Because I do love the feathers." [The Cut]
- Speaking of, well, Prada: The Italian company is planning a fashion show in Beijing on January 22nd. During the first nine months of 2010, Prada made 51% more money in China than it made during the same period of 2009. Vice-president Carlo Mazzi tells it like it is: "Money has no country. Where there is a larger availability of money, that's where we will go and collect money." [WWD]
- Model Arizona Muse, whose years-long career was kicked into high gear after she walked exclusively for Prada last season (she is also featured in Prada's spring campaign) has also nabbed the spring Yves Saint Laurent campaign. Though Muse is familiar to those who pay close attention to the modeling industry, her casting at YSL ends a seasons-long run where creative director Stefano Pilati only booked the super-y-est of supermodels, including Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Kate Moss, Gisele Bündchen, and Daria Werbowy. The spring ads were shot in Morocco. [WWD]
- My, the Kennedy children have such unusual names, don't they? Kick Kennedy, the daughter of RFK Jr., is apparently going to be featured in an Eddie Bauer ad that references her environmental activism. [P6]
- Chris Benz colored his hair with Manic Panic. No, not in 1993. Now! "It was either rainbow colored hair or a tattoo," explained the designer. "So this seemed like the more efficient choice." [Paper]
- Max Mara's spring campaign features Karolina Kurkova, and a purple leather belt. [Fashionista]
- Bankrupt denim label Rock & Republic has been bought by apparel company VF Corp. VF intends to license out the brand, rather than actually bother with making stuff. Former Rock & Republic chairman and C.E.O. Michael Ball, who has been implicated in everything from immigration fraud to pro-cyclist doping, and who once bragged, "Recession? I've got five girlfriends now, instead of two," is effectively out on his arse. [WWD]
- A rumor has Indian designer Manish Arora taking over the soon-to-be-revived Paco Rabanne. The much-licensed label's last creative director was Patrick Robinson, who landed at the Gap after Rabanne was closed in 2006. [Racked]
- Luxury conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy — which claims despite several recent secretive stock purchases it has no immediate plans to launch a hostile takeover of legendary leather goods brand Hermès — says, oh, by the way, it now owns 20% of the French company. Around 73% of Hermès is in the hands of Hermès family members, a clannish bunch; LVMH may need patience and diligence to acquire a controlling stake. [WWD]
- Barneys New York's new C.E.O., Mark Lee, sold his 2-brm Manhattan apartment for a cool $2.95 million. [NYTimes]
- Because Gucci's "Guilty" perfume is doing so well, the company will be launching a men's version. No word yet on which celebrity will be fronting it. [WWD]
- Armani slapped its name on a Samsung phone and began charging $920 for it. [Armani]
- Beyond: Rihanna's next perfume bottle. [TLF]
- Atlanta-based company Oxford Industries just acquired Lily Pulitzer for around $60 million. [WWD]
Ugh, I'm originally from Arkansas, and usually when people find this out, it leads into a discussion about how Wal-Mart (which is from AR, in case you didn't know), is ruining the world and shutting down small businesses. Then 5 minutes later, they'll rave about how amazing Target is and how they love their clothes....um....excuse me? How is Target a great help to America, but Wal-Mart is the devil? Aren't they both shutting down small businesses and being generally shitty to employees?
"Oh well, Target donates lots of money to museums and stuff"
—"yeah, and Wal-Mart helps schools and gives kids scholarships" (Every single WM gives out a few thousand in scholarships every year...I got one)
I'm not shitting on Target or anything, I love their clothes, but I just don't understand why people are so rabid about defending that store and boycotting WM. I guess it's easier to boycott the "poor people store" then it is to boycott the one with adorable clothes.
Sorry, I'll shut up, I'm just cranky and hungover.