Michelle Obama to Host National Design Award Winners; Is This the End of Prada Marfa?
Michelle Obama to Host National Design Award Winners: First Lady Michelle Obama will host this year's Hewitt National Design Awards winners at the White House on Friday. FLOTUS will hold a luncheon for the 12 up-and-comers honored at the award ceremony including Fashion award winner, Behnaz Sarafpour, Lifetime Achievement award winner James Wines, Design Mind winner Michael Sorkin, and Communications Design winner Paula Scher. Tim Gunn and jurors Isabel Toledo and Ruben Toledo will also attend the luncheon. [WWD]
Is This the End of Prada Marfa?: The famous and controversial Prada Marfa "shop" near Valentine, Texas, may be closed down. The "shop" is not a real Prada store, but an art installation by Scandinavian artists Michael Elmgreen and Ignar Dragset, set up in 2005. However, the Texas Department of Transportation is now asserting that the store constitutes an illegal form of roadside advertisement. Boyd Elder, the site representative for Prada Marfa told the New York Times that if the store violated state regulations, they should have been notified in 2005 when it was installed. "It's not an advertisement; it's an art statement," Elder said. "And it's on private property." Prada Marfa intially faced legal troubles when it first opened for utilizing the Prada logo without permission. Miuccia Prada quickly sanctioned the use of the logo and declared there was no commercial relationship between the artists and her brand. [Vogue]
Jimmy Kimmel Bought His Wedding Ring at Costco: Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel admitted he bought his wedding band from Costco during his interview with Andy Sandberg. Kimmel wed writer Molly McNeary in July at a ceremony in Oakland, California. During his banter on the show, he said he "would have gotten married in Costco if it had been a option." [Huffington Post]
Victoria's Secret Angels Pose at the Louvre: Five of the Victoria's Secret Angels flew to Paris Wednesday to shoot the brand's holiday campaign at -- wait for it -- the Louvre. Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo, Adriana Lima, and Karlie Kloss donned their wings and lingerie and stayed up all night posing at the Paris landmark. Ambrosio tweeted about the early wake-up call and posted a photo to Instagram of the illuminated venue. All five campaign angels have also been confirmed for the Victoria's Secret fashion show on December 10. [E!Online]