Fashion Cheat Sheet

03.04.13

Heidi Klum Signs on as judge of America's Got Talent; A Gucci Baby is Born

and a former model sues Mad Men.

Heidi Klum’s New Gig: Heidi Klum is ratcheting up her reality TV resume.  The Project Runway host has signed on as a judge on America’s Got Talent, replacing Sharon Osbourne who quit amid controversy after last season. Klum will join fellow judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, and Mel B of the Spice Girls. [HuffPo]

Gucci Baby: Gucci creative director Frida Giannini has formally announced the birth of her baby girl, Greta, born on March 2—just days after the brand’s fall 2013 show. It marks the first child for both Giannini and her partner Patrizio di Marco, who serves as the brand’s president and CEO. The two co-workers initially kept their romance a secret to protect their professional reputations, but they came forward in October 2011, with a personal endorsement from PPR CEO Fraincois Henri Pinault.  [Telegraph]

Model Sues Mad Men: Mad Men’s long-running opening credits are generating some controversy. Ex-model Gita Hall May is suing the show’s production company for allegedly using her image from a 1950s Revlon hairspray advertisement without her permission during the show’s opener.  According to the lawsuit, “(May’s) likeness appears more prominently and directly than any other image in that sequence, and in the Pilot directly opposite the credit for the program’s Producer.” [Deadline]

Tamara Mellon’s New Label: Jimmy Choo’s former CCO and co-founder of the luxury shoe brand, who sold the brand to Labelux for more than $800 million in 2011, has decided to launch her own fashion line. According to an insider, “The plan is to open a number of upmarket flagship stores in New York, Los Angeles and London, with further plans to expand into Asia. There is also some talk of a move into lifestyle once things really take off.” Both Tory Burch and Tommy Hilfiger have reportedly invested in the new venture. [NY Post]  

Happy Endings: Last week, New York-based photographer Brandon Stanton created a controversy when he announced that DKNY had illegally used photographs from his blog, Humans of New York, in their store windows in Bangkok. He said that the brand had originally offered him $15,000 to use his images in their store windows internationally, but he had refused the sum. Then, the company used them anyway. Stanton asked, via his Facebook page, that DKNY donate $100,000 to the YMCA in his neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Almost immediately – after an outpouring of support for Stanton on social media -- the brand responded, and apologized for using the images. But instead of the full sum, DKNY pledged $25,000 to the BedStuy Y. But now, the story has a happy ending: through a crowd-sourced fundraising program, Stanton was able to raise the extra $75,000. [Facebook]