- Hilary Swank in the January issue of W magazine: "I just took my most important [pills], which are my Oz Garcia Longevity Pak. I shoved them in my mouth right before I met you, which I actually shouldn't do, because I choked on my vitamins once before." [W]
- Has Vogue's Anna Wintour really had her lips injected and her eyes lifted.? If one of you can confirm this for us, we'll buy you a dozen cupcakes. Or a colonic, if you're a Conde Nasty and that's more your thing. [NY Post]
- A tipster tells us that this year, Conde Nast staffers are receiving "very big, engraved" umbrellas as their Christmas bonuses. "Engraved"? With what? Wintour's new lips? Anyone have a pic?
- Diane von Furstenberg is to China as Tom Ford is to Russia. Says DVF, ""I am totally impressed and excited — totally impressed. I haven't ever been this impressed about anything — to witness what they are building in Beijing — from the Opera House to Rem Koolhaas' TV tower and the Aquatic Center and the Bird's Nest — it's like nothing I have ever seen before... It's like being in ancient Egypt during the time of the pharaohs — this is something that happens every two millennia." Really, Diane, don't hold back! [WWD, sub req'd]
- Fashion goes Bolshevik! England's models are unionizing, but because they're too lazy to start their own union, they're just joining the British Actors Equity instead. [WWD, sub req'd]
- Giorgio Armani on picking David Beckham to be the face of Emporio Armani underwear: "He represents a notion of modern masculinity: as a sports hero, husband and father. He is also a man with a great sense of style. There was a time when soccer players were not always considered to be fashion role models. David Beckham has helped to change that." Bonus: He has a big package! [Vogue UK]
- Wha? Versace chocolate? You just know that shit is laced with coke. [Fashion Week Daily]
- Calvin Klein Inc., in an attempt to pinch pennies, is going to start to once again create its designer ready-to-wear line collection in-house. Yes, that's right: If you've been buying any schmancy Calvin you saw on the runway it was like made in some factory God knows where. [WWD, sub req'd]
- Tom Ford's former Gucci boss on what it was like working with Ford: "He'd lost touch with the ground. He had no experience of management on this scale." Ford's response: "Serge was a fish out of water at Gucci Group, as he had absolutely no experience in the fashion or luxury-goods sector. He is a nice guy, but had no understanding whatsoever of our business. He was a bit surprised, I think, when I challenged his knowledge of things, which I often did." God, we love a good male-on-male fashion catfight! [Vogue UK]
- Ellen Barkin ex Ron Perelman is shuffling money from his company MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. to Revlon, another of his holdings. Is this legal? Also, does this mean that Halle Berry is no longer getting free lipstick? [WSJ]
- Moschino is being rebranded as Love Moschino. Does anyone care? [Sassybella]
- You can now buy your Prada on-line from Prada! Ooh, how meta. [WWD, sub req'd]
@brokestephenswoman: What do you want to know about Wilde, Coward, or iambic pentameter? Because I'm a model who would love to personally reform your opinions of the profession and its practitioners. Wanna do an exegesis of the Ballad of Reading Gaol? Or talk King Lear? Have English and French degree, will travel.
I've always thought models should unionise. It wouldn't help the Giseles of this world, but it would certainly insure a better standard of living for the nameless workaday fashion migrants — few of us have health insurance, most of us are shaken down by our agencies on things like housing, and agency commissions are as high as 70% in some markets. 70%. Before taxes. And forming a union at least structured like the actors' union seems like the best course of action, given that models and actors have similar ambulatory work patterns.
I'm just not sure a union will work because of the many, many Eastern Europeans in this business who are 14 years old and hungry. They're a huge deflationary force on the value of labour. But it's an eminently sensible idea to try.