All Hail, Bernard Arnault: Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of French luxury goods company LVMH, has been rewarded by the British monarchy. According to WWD, Prince Charles awarded Arnault the title of “Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” in an intimate ceremony at his London residence earlier this week. Arnault’s new U.K. title enables him to put the initials KBE after his name. [WWD]
Speculation About Pope’s Shoes: Residents of Novara, a town in northern Italy where the papal shoemaker Adriano Stefanelli runs his shop, reportedly can’t stop talking about Pope Francis’s footwear. LVMH-owned website NOWNESS sent photographer Toby Glanville to the city to find out more about the newly ordained pope’s shoes, and he reported that rumors were heavily circulating. According to the cobbler, Francis is likely to opt for a more muted color than Benedict’s signature red: “The new papacy is all about humility, so Stefanelli said they are most likely to be black,” Glanville said. [NOWNESS]
On Thursday, Buzz Bissinger checked into rehab for a shopping addiction, a disease that gets a lot of flak. Isabel Wilkinson reports.
Buzz Bissinger is a shopaholic. In a candid, 6,000-word article in GQ, he detailed his addiction: 81 leather jackets, 75 pairs of boots, 41 pairs of leather pants, and 115 pairs of leather gloves—a buying spree that burned through more than $600,000 in two years.
Friday Night Lights author and columnist Buzz Bissinger confessed to a shopping addiction in a recent GQ article. (Michael Loccisano/Getty)
China's Stylish First Lady: China’s new first lady, Peng Liyuan, is shaping up to be China’s own Kate Middleton or Michelle Obama. The 50-year-old professional signer’s wardrobe has become a viral Internet topic in China, prompting many Chinese sites to block her name from search options. TIME reports that China’s first lady typically keeps a low-profile, but that Peng could serve as a political blue chip. “Because of her performer’s background and presence, I think she will definitely add points for her husband,” Tian Timiao, an associate professor at Shanghai’s Conservatory of Music told The New York Times. “It could make her into a diplomatic idol.” Meanwhile, copies of her clothing are quickly being manufactured for sale on Chinese e-commerce sites. [TIME]
Cate Blanchett's Reported Armani Deal: Cate Blanchett has signed a $10 million fragrance deal with Armani, reports the New York Post. Blanchett, a longtime red carpet fan of Armani’s Privé line, is known to steer clear of celebrity endorsements, with the exception of her SK-II beauty contract. It’s unknown what fragrance Blanchett will represents in ads and when they will debut. [Page Six]
The 1990s have returned in a big way, and now the decade’s poster child reveals two never-before-seen videos of her salad days—in a takeover of the über-cool video site Nowness.
The 1990s are back. They’re on the runway in shades of Hedi Slimane’s new collection for Saint Laurent, the year 1993 is the singular subject of a new show at New York’s New Museum, and punk will be the subject of a sweeping show at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute this spring.
And where there’s a ’90s revival, Chloë Sevigny is never far away. Now, in a “takeover” of the über-cool video site Nowness, Sevigny—practically the poster child of ’90s irreverence—releases two never-before-seen videos of herself as a fresh-faced actress in the early years of the decade.
A Love Magazine video featuring Louis Vuitton's Fall 2013 collection is filled with disheveled, half-naked models walking the streets of Paris. Now, French activists are speaking out.
A video created by Love magazine's Katie Grand, which features Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2013 collection, was released just days after the label’s March 6 show. But it’s only now that left-wing French paper Libération has published a letter that speaks out against the three-minute clip, saying it promotes prostitution.
In this month’s GQ, Buzz Bissinger confessed that he’s a shopaholic. Sean Macaulay on what this means for his tough-guy, sports-writing hero.
You are the most famous tough guy sports writer of your generation. The pint-sized pitbull of in-you-face sports talk. The guy who tells it like it is. “Big fat idiot! … It’s pathetic! … Show up with a semi-automatic and pop him!” Your twitter style is even more no-nonsense. “You idiotf*cks … Get a life … F*ck yourselves. Nobody comes close to what I write.”
and Alber Elbaz throws support behind a Galliano comeback.
Linda Evangelista's Mouth Trouble: Supermodel Linda Evangelista is often considered one of the world’s most beautiful women. But that doesn’t exclude her from feeling self conscious about her….gums. In the latest issue of Interview magazine, Evangelista opens up about her mouth’s awkward stage. “I thought, ‘Oh they don’t like me, There’s something wrong with my gums. They’re saying, When she smiles we can see her gums.’” [The Cut]
Vera Wang Nixes Fee: Vera Wang’s Shanghai store has eliminated its much-discussed try-on fee as a result of public outrage. Last week it was reported that the store charged $482 for women to try on a dress—a fee that was only reimbursed if a customer actually chose to purchase the gown. On Tuesday, the brand issued a statement saying “Upon careful investigation and review of the policies of our international operators, we will be abolishing appointment fees in all of our stores. We wish for all Vera Wang customers to enjoy the same standard of excellence worldwide.” [WWD]
In a new Broadway adaptation, Holly Golightly looks vastly different from Audrey Hepburn’s iconic character. Misty White Sidell speaks to costume designer Colleen Atwood about the changes.
Givenchy little black dress, oversize wayfarers, cigarette holder—an image as iconic as Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly is nearly impossible to re-create. This was the challenge facing writer Richard Greenberg, who presented his adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Broadway last week.
But surprisingly, Greenberg didn’t go near it: instead of rehashing the iconic 1961 film, he pulled deeply from the original 1958 Truman Capote–penned novella, setting Golightly in the ’40s rather than the ’50s.
Two major underwear companies are reportedly competing for Jon Hamm’s much-ballyhooed goods, hoping to have the ‘Mad Men’ star don their briefs in lieu of going commando.
The reality star has been ridiculed in the press for her pregnancy weight gain. Isabel Wilkinson on why it’s time to end the bullying—of Kardashian and other pregnant women.
There’s a moment halfway into this week’s episode of Kourtney & Kim Take Miami when Kim Kardashian stands in front of her sisters, asking for their advice on a new dress.
and Nasty Gal might be acquired by Urban Outfitters.
Tory Burch's New Lawsuit: Tory Burch, fresh off of legal woes with her ex-husband Chris Burch, has now turned her attention to a new alleged offender, WWD reports. Her company has now reportedly taken legal action against Bluebell Wholesale Inc., a producer of cheap novelty jewelry and accessories. A spokesperson for Burch told WWD that they discovered Bluebell selling “unauthorized reproductions” of the brand’s famous ‘TT’ insignia. Burch officials reportedly hired an investigator to order goods from the company, which yielded necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets that were "strikingly similar to Burch's own." Bluebell did not respond to WWD’s request for comment. [WWD]
Yoko Ono's OC Line Labeled a Rip Off: Yoko Ono’s Opening Ceremony collection has come under fire from Brooklyn fashion designer Haleh Nematzadeh who claims Ono ripped inspiration straight from her designs. “They took everything with no shame. They stole from me blatantly,” she told The New York Post. When reached for comment, a spokesperson for Opening Ceremony told The Daily Beast, “Neither Yoko Ono nor Opening Ceremony comments on pending litigation.” (A PR representative for Nematzadeh didn't return our e-mail asking for comment.) [NY Post]
Kate impersonator get prosthetic bump in ‘various sizes’
Being a royal lookalike is a precarious position at best, but Kate's number one impersonator, Heidi Agan has now started wearing a 'false bump' to give the impression she is pregnant.
The 32-year-old former waitress quit a low-paid job and has spent the past 10 months as the Duchess of Cambridge's double, earning up to $1000 a day.
The lingerie retailer taps into the teen market with a new range of sexy beachwear.
Editor's Note: This story was updated after publication with a statement from Victoria's Secret.
Victoria’s Secret has hit a new low. Following the expansion of its teen brand, PINK, the lingerie retailer has rolled out a new campaign, “Bright Young Things,” reportedly geared toward an even younger tween demographic.
That you would probably feel pretty "clammy" wearing.
You’ve heard about the $55,000 backpack. Now, there’s a $91,500 t-shirt. The good folks at Hermès have created a black men’s crocodile top that retails for more than several years of college at a elite institution or -- as one writer put it -- "more than three or four actually quite decent cars." The Awl’s Choire Sicha found the shirt at the company’s Madison Avenue store, where he stealth-snapped a picture of its pricetag. “Seems like you might feel a little clammy in it?” he wrote. “Also kind of awkward to just have everyone stare at your shirt. (“Is that strange rich man wearing a crocodile???)”
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's new costume exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, tries to pay homage to the gritty, subversive, late-1970s movement. But has punk-inspired high fashion added to its legacy-or destroyed it?
Makeup for men is on the rise—and it’s no longer a taboo. Alessandra Codinha reports.