Kate Middleton's reps have trademarked her royal title so it can be used on clothes and other products
Kate Middleton has been a massive boost not just to the Royal Family’s popularity but also to the finances of its charitable arm, the Royal Collection (£4m pounds in wedding china, £10m in ticket sales to see her wedding dress) so no surprise that Kate’s people have now applied to the Intellectual Property Office to trademark her royal title, the Duchess of Cambridge, so that it can be used on "a wide range of goods and services" which specifically include clothing, footwear and headgear.
The latest revelation will add fuel to speculation that a special range of baby clothes will be produced to mark the birth of the royal baby, expected in early July.
Jeffrey Campbell first introduced its gargantuan ‘Lita’ ankle boot in 2010. Now, the company creates a version for weddings. Misty White Sidell traces the hideous style’s meteoric rise to fame.
It may seem difficult for a fashion brand to design something that’s widely reviled by both men and women. But the company Jeffrey Campbell has done just that with its clunky monster of an ankle boot, called the ‘Lita’. Simply put, the shoe looks like an elephant on your foot.
They may be the most popular ugly shoe on the planet: The boot, with its two-inch platform and 5.25 inch heel, is the Clydesdale hoof of modern footwear. In three years’ time, the Lita has been issued in a surplus of heinous fixings: multicolor glitter, curlycue sheepskin, and even a cat tapestry fabric.
The return of the legendary fashion photographer’s book ‘A World Without Men’ adds a new dimension to his iconic photographs.
and the world's most expensive shoes check out at around $400,000.
Dolce & Gabbana's Hefty Fine: Dolce & Gabbana has been fined 343.4 million euros (roughly $440.2 million) by Italy’s Tax Commission, plus additional interest fees, WWD reports. The charge follows a first degree sentence by the Italian Supreme Court in November 2011 that condemned the Italian company for alleged tax evasion in conjunction with the sale of the Dolce & Gabbana and D&G brands to holding firm Gado Srl in 2004, reportedly to avoid higher taxes. The hefty fine marks the denial of an appeal by co-founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The designers can still potentially avert the fine if they choose to appeal again. [WWD]
Saint Laurent’s New Muse: Hedi Slimane brought the ‘90s back with Saint Laurent’s grunge-infused fall collection, and now the French label reportedly has a new face for the lost decade: Marilyn Manson. The dark rock musician appears to star in the brand’s spring ad campaign for menswear, according to a photo Nicola Formichetti posted on his Tumblr page. [Fashionista]
Diana dressed up as a gay man for secret visit to gay bar with Freddie
Princess Diana was a hero to many in the gay community thanks to her groundbreaking hospital visits to patients dying of AIDS (it seems hard to believe now, but Diana shocked the world with her compassion by simply holding hands with a stricken victim while the cameras were rolling), but it seems her fondness for the gay community extended to gay nightlife. For a new book reveals that Diana, dressed in a military jacket, dark shades and policeman's hat, once visited a gay bar with the Queen singer Freddie Mercury.
Princess Diana and Freddie Mercury. (AP; Getty)
Florida-based fashion company Lyn Dorf has come under fire for prematurely putting bridal on the brain with its 'Future Bride' onesie. The bodysuit, which currently retails for $14.99 on maternity e-commerce site Zulily, is bridal white and has “Future Bride” inscribed across the chest in rhinestone letters.
According to the item’s product page, it’s designed for infants starting at six months old and features three snaps on the bottom for easy removal. The five-year-old company sells other cheeky onesies too, some that say “Babies Just Wanna Have Fun” and “Born to Wear Diamonds" across their chests.
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]
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.