Valentino Really Can't Get A Break

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  • Poor Valentino! After watching various private equity firms duke it out for control of the fashion house he founded; telling the media over and over again that he is totally 100% absolutely not retiring; announcing his retirement; and then naming his successor, the guy finally manages to score the lifetime achievement award at the Fashion Rocks event in London last week... only to lose the statuette. (And then find it!) [I wonder if he prayed to St. Anthony, the patron saint of ignoring me. -Moe] [NY Post]
  • LOLNaomi! Mlle. Campbell is to lecture to students at the Trinity College Philosophical Society in Dublin. Perhaps she will explain the finer points of resorting to physical violence to the world's oldest debate society? [Sassybella]
  • Requisite retarded Karl Lagerfeld design du jour: a Chanel bicycle, complete with Chanel's signature quilting. [Vogue UK]
  • Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell on designer Elie Tahari: "I have recently been exposed to Elie Tahari. His stuff is really classic, but at the same time he has gotten hipper." Spoken like a fashion critic! [WWD, 1st item]
  • Model Watch update! Jessica Stam, Coco Rochas, and Kasia Struss will co-star in the Dior spring 2008 campaign together, combining the power of their incredibly well-remunerated faces to try and justify the cost of even more expensive shit. [WWD, 1st item]
  • We are sorry to inform you that Dallas Fashion Week has been canceled. [WWD, 2nd item]
  • Shoe designer Christian Louboutin, who would actually know what he's talking about, on Mary Kate & Ashley's new clothing line: "When I started my line, I did it little by little. But [Elizabeth and James is] very, very well-managed. More than anything else, it's very good." Go figure. [WWD, 2nd item]
  • Kate Bosworth is the new face of Coach in China. [Fashion Week Daily]

DISCUSSION

I went to Trinity, and the Phil (as it is known) was the society that everyone joined in their very first week of college because it was all famous and everything, but then most of us realised that it was full of horrible pompous ponces and ignored its existence in favour of posing outside the Arts Block. We did, however, tend to acknowledge its existence whenever it invited famous people to speak, which was about once a year; I saw Germaine Greer debate Oliver North when I was in fourth year, which was quite an experience. Back then (I graduated in '97) the big names tended to be in literature or politics rather than the entertainment industry.It's basically just a debating society (although some of their celeb guests basically just address to crowd rather than debate) and its discussions don't have to be on philosophical topics.