- Model Twiggy says she now has two personas and will start tracking down and fining anyone who subjects either one of them to "overexposure" by publishing unauthorized photos of them. [Vogue UK]
- Once-iconic label Bill Blass [Remember the Bill Blass Barbie? Uh, we didn't either. -Ed.] has lost head Michael Volbracht. Details are still emerging, though it could have to do with the fact that Volbracht was a total bitch whose designs critics sorta found unspectacular. [WWD, sub req'd]
- New Missoni CEO Massimo Gasparini is refocusing the brand by — REVOLUTIONARY BUSINESS MODEL ALERT! — discontinuing the crappy sportswear line that was diluting the brand and opening company stores to better control distribution. Meanwhile, actual Missoni heirs serve mostly as [Term we love alert! -Ed.] "brand ambassadors." [WWD, sub req'd]
- No one is buying clothes at Wal-Mart, which is bad news for the people of Zibo, China. [WSJ, sub req'd]
- Burberry starts selling really, really expensive bags to see where its customers' feelings about the brand fall on the "I like my Skechers, but I love my Prada backback" spectrum. [Fashion Inc.]
- The Bennetton family is not as cool as they were when Dirty Dancing was in theaters: Brand vice-chairman Alessandri Bennetton was rejected from tony Milan good ol' boys club Clubino Dadi. [Telegraph]
So, a "brand ambassador" is someone who wears the clothes because they get it all for free? Or do they also have to look good in said clothes?