- Valentino on his final collection, showing tomorrow in Paris: "It's a happy collection. It's not a collection with tears in between." Right, because then it would be a bipolar collection, and at 12 minutes or so that's a lot for any audience to take. [WWD, sub req'd]
- And in other last-Valentino-show-ever news, the designer included a portrait of himself in the invitation to tomorrow's show and also posed for pictures with every one of the seamstresses who helped create the collection so they could each have a keepsake of him. Aw? [Fashion Week Daily]
- Volvo created a new ad that for release in Switzerland [Wait, Switzerland is a big enough market to warrant its very own ads? Okay. -Moe] that shows its newest hatchback model being surrounded by Karl-look-a-likes snapping its photo. The real Karl: not amused! "They think I should be flattered, perhaps. It's not the chicest car I am promoting — without knowing I did it." Snap. [WWD, 3rd item]
- Abercrombie and Fitch's new underwear line Gilly Hicks: sells "underwear, not lingerie," with products that are "more boyish than boudoir," and it fancies itself as the anti-Victoria's Secret. [WWD, sub req'd]
- St. John CEO Glenn McMahon on his outlook for the upcoming year: "[E]verybody is very nervous about 2008." Now there's a feel-good attitude we can get behind! [WWD, sub req'd]
- Ellen Pompeo: "I love to aspire to be on the worst-dressed list!" [Fashion Week Daily]
- ELLE UK appoints Chloe Sevigny as "style adviser." Oy. [Guardian]
- Project Runway alum Malan Breton: still designing! [Chic Report]
- Oh Jesus, why is Madonna doing commercials for Sunsilk hair care products? Because there's a recession on and that $100 million LiveNation contract might not be enough to scrape by? [Sassybella]
- 15-year old Russian designer Kira Plastinina on her target market: "[P]retty much girls like me. They're 14 to 25 years old. They're active, they're — I don't know, cool. Like normal teenage girls, I guess." Suddenly we feel depressed. [WWD, sub req'd]
- Fashion line Chikara was created specifically for women who have undergone surgery for breast cancer. Suddenly, we feel somewhat redeemed. [WWD, sub req'd]
Valentino is FABULOUS. I like that he took a picture with all his seamstresses, even if it's got egocentric undertones, because I think he both understands and appreciates the amount of work that other people have to do for accolades and praised to be showered upon him season after season.
And to all of you saying things about bronzer and Lohan-tan: LIES! The man is that deeply brown from months and months and years of years of lounging on his gold-plated yacht in the middle of nowhere on the deep blue waves of the Medditerranean. Ok, so maybe the whole yacht isn't gold plated, but some magazine (I'm inclined to say either Vanity Fair or Vogue) a few years back did a fantastic profile of Mr. Valentino, almost of all of which took place on his yacht, where he spends all his time in the sun and warmth when he is not designing and contructing. He even has a full-time hottie pool/yacht-boy type thing! And all kinds of things were gold-plated, not just toilets like those tacky Trumps.
In short: Valentino is FABULOUS. I will miss him. And his pretty red dresses.