- Tom Ford's issue of Vogue Paris boasts a spread of children wearing jewelry and makeup, the promised editorial featuring women d'un certain age who spurn plastic surgery, and a photo of Tom Ford in a Native American-style headdress. Tasteful. [HuffPo]
- The pic at Ford's ranch actually looks pretty good, for something taken with Hipstamatic on an iPhone.
- Ford is also rumored to be the next designer to collaborate with H&M. [Independent]
- Around 212 million Americans shopped on Black Friday, and they spent on average $365.34. In case you missed it, this weekend a bunch of your fellow readers shared some hilarious/cringe-inducing stories of Black Friday-related mishaps. [WWD]
- The Post's Robin Givhan devotes a lengthy piece to Franca Sozzani, the editor of Vogue Italia, and her efforts to diversify the modeling industry. Anna Wintour pops up to say that fashion's "African-American" presence, while bolstered by the models Joan Smalls, Chanel Iman, and Jourdan Dunn, could be greater. (Though Iman is American and those three models are black, Dunn is from the U.K., and Smalls is Puerto Rican.) Gee, we guess Anna Wintour is pretty much powerless to change the overwhelming whiteness of fashion magazines. [WaPo]
- Estée Lauder threw a party and a fashion show in Beijing to fête the launch of its first major campaign to get Chinese women to buy its slap. The first Asian face of the brand, Chinese model Liu Wen, was on hand for the proceedings. [WWD]
- British model Lily Cole visited one of the nine camps along the Thai border that house some 145,000 Burmese refugees. "My translator, 17-year-old Khinpwondlay, tells me she wants to pursue higher education, but asks, defeated, what's the point of studying if she can't go anywhere with it." Then Cole met and interviewed a 22-year-old who was kidnapped by the Burmese military and escaped to the camps at age 15. "Here, he received his official UN refugee status and spent four months doing medical training and four months working in the camp clinic. Having seen so much suffering in eastern Burma, he returned there, hiding in the jungle to try and help people dying of malaria and diarrhoea in the villages (Burma spends 0.2% of its GDP on healthcare, compared to 30% on the military). I couldn't help comparing him to most other 22-year-old boys I know. A year later he returned to the camp to find that because he had disappeared he had lost his official UN refugee status, which means he now has no possibility of being resettled. If the political situation doesn't change in Burma, Kyaw Zin could spend his life within the square mile of the camp, caught between politics and bureaucracy. When I ask if he will get another chance to get a UN number he kicks at the dry earth, looks down and says, seemingly without bitterness: 'No, you only get one interview.'" [Guardian]
- If you've not already picked up a silk blouse from the '80s label Equipment for a song on eBay or at a thrift store, too bad: now that Carine Roitfeld's husband, Christian Restoin, has relaunched the brand, the old stuff will be marked up about 1,000%. [Telegraph]
- Alexa Chung and Maya Singer of Style.com are going to be on television criss-crossing the country (and, apparently, the world) thrifting, flea-marketing, and showing viewers how You Can Do It, Too. "Think of it as Antiques Roadshow meets the foodie romp Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations," opines the Times. This is an idea my galpals Crystal, Leah, and I had one night when we were drunk and these ladies totally STOLE it out of our heads! Harrumph. We'll still watch. [NYTimes]
- Kate Moss says that her refusal of most interviews is not a calculated move intended to make her seem mysterious — it's just that she really hates being interviewed. "When I used to do interviews a long time ago, I used to get very ill just worrying about them before they came out. I just didn't like it. When I first started out I did press because I wasn't really aware that they would write something really horrible but then they did, and I was like: 'Oh no, I don't want to go back there. I don't really want to open up myself to that kind of criticism.' And I think that a lot of the time you walk in a room they already know what they want to write about you, so it doesn't matter what you're like." She said this in an interview about an exhibition of eleven pictures of her by various artists, which is up in Miami right now. Of all the pictures taken in her career, Moss says her favorite is probably this slightly NSFW one taken by Mario Sorrenti, her then boyfriend, in 1993. "It was my growing-up stage. I think I was 18 or something. I'd left London and went to New York and everything started to happen." [T]
- Rumor has it that Kate Middleton will seek a wedding dress designer who is Welsh — which leaves the Merthyr Tydfil-born anti-plus-size-model activist Julien MacDonald in the running. "I love Kate Middleton," says MacDonald, who was once a promising young designer with an international profile (he even briefly held the reins at Givenchy, post-McQueen and pre-Riccardo Tisci.) "She always gets fashion right. She's not a trend-setter but a lot of women really like her style. She's a very classic girl, so I think she wants something classy. Her wedding dress will be a dream and I think she will look wonderful." [Vogue UK]
- Alexander McQueen's slightly lower-priced McQ line is now being manufactured under the control of the house directly, as opposed to under license. The new collection includes a pair of pants based on McQueen's famous "bumster" design. [WWD]
Why has the NA/1st Nations type headdress become the new hipster fashion statement? Was blackface just too messy?