Fashion Cheat Sheet

Jean Paul Gaultier’s Hoop Skirt Trick, Vanity Fair's Best Dressed Competition

Gaultier’s Hoop Skirt Trick: Jean Paul Gaultier took a page out of The Nutcracker’s classical costumes for his haute couture show yesterday. The French designer presented a hoop-skirt gown that was turned up to reveal four little girls crouching underneath. [Jezebel]

Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List Wants You: Vanity Fair is changing up their annual Best Dressed list formula with the public’s participation. Starting this week, trendsetters can upload photos of themselves to VF’s site to be considered for a weekly slideshow and monthly prizes. At the end of it all, one woman and one man will be included in the magazine’s actual list, published in September. “People who come into the list in this way will probably have more interesting looks than those who come the traditional way,” Graydon Carter, the magazine’s editor told the Times. [NYT]

Dolce & Gabbana Support Galliano: Dolce & Gabbana designers Domingo Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are the latest figures to speak out in support of John Galliano’s return to fashion. "We wish John the best of luck with his return to fashion," the duo told Swide magazine. “We’ve always been admirers of his flamboyant talent.” Last Friday it was announced that Galliano would embark on a three week residency at Oscar de la Renta’s New York studio, to help the label with preparations for its fall 2013 show. [Vogue UK]

Chanel Shopping Around Ad Dollars: It seems that Chanel too, was perplexed by Brad Pitt’s perfume commercials for the house. On the heels of some serious backlash, the privately owned French brand is reportedly reviewing various advertising agencies for global assignments, with meetings starting next month. Chanel’s advertising account, reportedly worth upwards of $100 million, has been handled by ad giant WPP for more than a dozen years. [Ad Age]

Kate Hudson’s Back at Ann Taylor: Kate Hudson is back as the face of Ann Taylor for spring, this time taking on a greater role at the high street brand. Hudson, “has helped create a lineup of looks inspired by her red-carpet style, reinterpreted for everyday occasions,” writes WWD. The capsule collection represents Hudson’s first foray into fashion design, and will hit stores this May. [WWD]