- Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Randy Jackson — and their late brother's estate — have an apparel line under the Jackson 5 name hitting stores in February. It naturally includes a version of the "Thriller" red leather jacket. [WWD]
- Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, a professor at USC, spent a year poring over celebrity snapshots on the Getty wire to study social connections in the world of the famous and very famous. After cataloguing those depicted and the locations of the snaps, Currid-Halkett has determined that Anna Wintour is the most connected person in the whole celeb demi-monde. [NYDN]
- Target will be selling a $79.99 version of some kind of magical transforming Rachel Pally dress, a "similar" rendition of which retails for over $200 in boutiques. [WWD]
- Victoria Beckham "dreams" of dressing Tilda Swinton. And watches Keeping up with the Kardashians. [Vogue UK]
- "I used the smells of sperm, baby powder, leather and incense to mark life's moments." Designer Rad Hourani takes the prize for more interesting perfume of the decade. [WSJ]
- Victoria's Secret model and face of L'Oréal Doutzen Kroes married DJ and music producer Sunnery James in a ceremony at her hometown of Eastermar in the Netherlands. Kroes is seven months pregnant with the couple's first child. They welcomed around 30 guests, and asked for donations to be made to the Dutch charity dance4life or the World Wildlife Fund in lieu of gifts. [P6]
- Kroes wore a dress by the Spanish designer Pronovias. And there's video, courtesy of Dutch TV. [HuffPo]
- The persistent rumors that Natalia Vodianova and Justin Portman are ending their marriage have apparently hit the British papers. Vodianova, who has three children, says she would like to bear at least two more. But she doesn't say with whom. [Telegraph]
- More Vicky's show casting buzz. [YouTube]
- Here's Suzy Menkes interviewing Alber Elbaz and Christopher Bailey about the pressures and pleasures of taking the reins at a fashion house with what passes for a "heritage" pedigree in this thoroughly post-war industry. [IHT]
- Vogue Nippon's Anna Dello Russo loves Lanvin for H&M, which she calls "the little Lanvinini." [ADR]
- Anne Hathaway and British Elle are the latest victims of the Gold Balmain Dress That Is On Every Winter Cover (That Doesn't Look Like A Spring Cover). [Design Scene]
- Kylie Minogue wore one of Mark Fast's dresses on the U.K. show The X Factor, but didn't invite the designer to the taping. [Vogue UK]
- Rachel Antonoff's collaboration with Bass shoes is pretty dang cute — and it's a pleasure to see so many nice flat shoes in one place. [Fashionista]
- Donatella Versace told the ladies of The View that she rang up Maya Rudolph to give the comedienne some pointers to improve her Saturday Night Live impersonation of her. Versace said, "I told her I don't drink, take off that jewelry because it looks too fake — I only wear real — and I never say 'No' myself, I get someone else to say it for me." Real luxury is always having someone to say "No" for you. [Fashionologie]
- David Gandy and Helena Christensen are both in one of those ungodly ads-that-pretend-to-be-short-films for a W hotel. [Vogue UK]
- Prabal Gurung dressed up as Marc Jacobs for Halloween, but when he almost ran into Jacobs, he got scared. What if he was weirded out by someone wearing his kilt as mere costume? "So I was [at The Standard], and I met some of his friends, and they said, 'Come meet Marc!' As I was taking my steps toward him, I thought, what if he hates it? I'll be mortified, so I just said, 'No way.'" [Fashionologie]
- Kate and Laura Mulleavy really enjoyed the Santa Cruz Mystery Spot as kids. "You're there and you take this ball, and put it down, and instead of going down the hill, it goes up the hill," says Kate. "I have no idea if it's an elaborate hoax, and I kind of don't want to know." (Apparently the Mystery Spot is the American version of Puzzling World in Wanaka!) So recently they returned, and acquired a Mystery Spot bumper sticker. [NYTimes]
- Brandon Holley plans to increase Lucky's online presence, and she's directed Andy Spade (who is revamping the mag's design) to look to fashion blogs for inspiration. "We looked at blogs online, really inspiring things that we want to bring in. We want to bring the bloggers into the magazine. And then I said 'Go!' You'll see a little bit of my influence in January and February, but the Andy Spade coat of paint will be in March." Holley also reveals she's shot Kate Bosworth for an upcoming cover. (Snooze.) [Fashionista]
- Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is interviewing Jean-Paul Gaultier for a documentary, directed by his onetime muse Farida Khelfa, that will air on French television. [WWD]
- Obsessed with vintage Balenciaga and can't wait for the exhibition at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute later this month? Have a spare $1,800-$27,00 burning a hole in your couture pocket? You can now buy reissued stitch-by-stitch recreations of iconic 1950s and 60s Balenciaga creations at Maxfields in Los Angeles. [Fashionista]
The Jacksons' clothing line was in the works long before MJ died. Various members had been sporting J5 duds in '08.
Don't get it twisted. Just because his death gave them a better opportunity, doesn't mean they were simply craven opportunists. This is just like the reality show that they filmed before Michael died.
The Jackson legacy is theirs too.
I, for one, woulda bought a Randy Jackson screenprinted tee the second it showed up at Kohl's.