Tom Ford has some important advice for Gisele Bündchen. You know, the supermodel. Ford is very concerned about the imminent loss of her physical beauty:
"This sounds negative, but when you're considered one of the most beautiful women in the world, it's very, very hard when that starts to slip away. It's hard to feel good about yourself when people react to you differently. And, Gisele, I hope you're not reading this, because it's going to sound so negative but I know through some of my best friends who are really famous actresses — I'm not going to mention their names — who were at one point considered to be among the most beautiful women in the world at different periods of time, and how hard it is for them emotionally. So I hope Gisele is prepared for that, because it's so difficult."
Tom Ford just hopes Gisele is prepared for that. For when she's old and decrepit and washed-up and ugly and nobody remembers her name — which, given Gisele just turned 32, will probably happen any minute now. Because Tom Ford, king of Restylane and crown prince of Botox, has such a healthy relationship with aging. Weirdly, the designer shared this advice with Tom Brady. (What do you even say to that? 'Um, thanks Tom, I'll sure tell my wife to worry a little more about losing her looks'?) No joke, aging is kind of hard when you're in an industry that fetishizes youth and discards people seemingly at whim, but the outcomes are hardly as grim as Ford makes out. We imagine Isabella Rossellini wastes very little of her time thinking about how she looked when she was younger, for example. [VMan via Fashionista]
Michael Phelps posed for a Louis Vuitton ad, which could lead to him being stripped of his gold medals. There's an Olympic rule against athletes endorsing any brand which is not an Olympic sponsor within one month of the games — and Phelps' ads appeared online on the same day the London games officially ended. Louis Vuitton and Phelps say that the two ads were leaked by a party or parties unknown. To protect sponsors like Visa that pay up to $100 million to endorse the Olympic games, athletes who promote non-sponsor brands can be stripped of their medals. Phelps' people say that's unlikely to happen in this case because the release of the photos was not the swimmer's fault. [CBS]
Sales and net income at Urban Outfitters both rose during the second quarter under newish C.E.O. Richard Hayne, who replaced Glen Senk in January. Quarterly net income rose year-on-year by 8.1%, to $61.3 million. Investors sent the stock up on the news, which beat estimates. Sales for the same three-month period grew by 11%, to $676.3 million. Same-store sales were up 12% at Free People, 6% at Urban Outfitters, were flat at Anthropologie, and fell 1% at BHLDN and Terrain. [WWD]
Urban Outfitters is, if nothing else, the official retailer of Stephen Colbert, John Stewart, and Indecision 2012. Here's the merch. [PSFK]
Cindy Crawford is launching a clothing line with the German mass-market chain C&A. [WWD]
Coco Rocha is on another two September covers — Elle Spain and Elle Korea. [@CocoRocha]
It seems a September W spread by Steven Meisel took inspiration from a video game called The Path. [Is This Fun Yet?]
Model Hannah Holman grew up on a ranch in Utah riding horses and hunting. In fact, when she was 13, she was one of very few people to get a permit to hunt a cougar:
"It's a lottery system and my name was drawn by chance. So we went out with a friend who is a hunting guide and knows exactly which peaks and little valleys they hang out in. Mountain lions often hang out up in trees but this one went into a cave. I was scared it was going to attack us and took a few shots with a .30-30 rifle but ran out of bullets, so my dad handed me his pistol and that was the lucky shot."
Katie Holmes and Victoria Beckham will show their respective fashion lines on the same day at New York Fashion Week next month. This wholly mundane occurrence is being treated as some kind of handbags-at-dawn hair-pulling celebrity contretemps by the tabloids. [Grazia UK]
Roberto Cavalli, who previously collaborated with H&M, is doing a limited-edition line for Australian Target. Australian Target and U.S. Target are separate companies, so we in North America won't be able to see which animal prints Cavalli chooses to grace the ladies of the land down under. [Daily Telegraph]
Meanwhile, James Franco printed some Polaroids on t-shirts for Seven For All Mankind. [WWD]
And United Bamboo is doing a fall line for Madewell. [Lucky]
"Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" closed at the Met this weekend, having welcomed 339,838 visitors since opening in May. By attendance, the annual Costume Institute show was kind of a dud: it attracted fewer visitors than the 2005 show on Chanel (463,600), the 2001 show on Jacqueline Kennedy (559,902), the 2008 superheroes-themed show (576,000), and of course, far fewer than last year's "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty." That blockbuster drew 661,509 visitors to become the eighth most popular show in the museum's history. [On The Runway]
L'Wren Scott will be showing in Paris this season instead of New York. [WWD]
And now, a moment with designer Stacey Bendet. Stacey, it's almost fashion week — how do you feel about the month of August?
"My husband is like, ‘I don't understand why we can't go away for August,' and I'm like, ‘because it's the worst month of my life.'"
Bendet's next collection for Alice + Olivia takes as its theme the American Dream, because, she says, "I think sometimes people get so caught up in hating things. You forget all the incredible things that are coming out of this country." [P6]