Cortazar's Departure, America's Capital of Thin

cityfile · 07/23/09 07:36PM

• It's official: designer Esteban Cortazar and Emanuel Ungaro are parting ways. [WWD]
• The 20 biggest scandals in fashionland. [Pipeline]
• Amy Winehouse is planning to launch a perfume? Really? Please say this isn't so. [Grazia]
• What t-shirt you decide to wear in the Hamptons makes all the difference, apparently. [NYT]
• Manhattan is far thinner than the rest of the country. Simon Doonan (5-foot-4, 135 lbs.) on what it's like to travel to other parts of the country: "I'm appalled by people my age who can't get through the airport without a wheelchair." [NYT]

Marc in Brazil, The Return of House of Style

cityfile · 03/23/09 06:25PM

Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone have been in Brazil since late last week, presiding over the opening of a new store and showing off their gold rings. Now they say they're thinking about adopting a baby girl, too. [Fashionologie]
• Speaking of Marc, the life-size hamster wheel in the window of his Bleecker Street kids store is back. [Racked]
House of Style returned on Saturday. Just what you needed: a "recessionista rescue" by Jessica Stam. [Jezebel]
• A recession bonus: expensive models are no longer that expensive. [AdAge]
• Erin Wasson's garage sale in LA was a mob scene, as expected. [RackedLA]
• The Times chats with Dree Hemingway, model, actress, daughter of Mariel Hemingway, and new Twitter fan. [NYT]
• The "obscure private label watch brand" worn by Barack Obama is a little less obscure these days. Funny how that happens. [WWD]

Topshop Gears Up, Calvin Hits Primetime

cityfile · 03/20/09 06:33PM

• Today in silly celebrity brand extensions: Kim Kardashian has a "budget-friendly shoe club," Avril Lavigne's first scent debuts this summer, and Nicole Richie's new jewelry line sold out before it even arrived in stores. [SW, WWD, SW]
• Several racks of clothing have already materialized at Topshop! [Racked]
Calvin Klein made a cameo on 30 Rock last night. [Fashionologie]
• Michelle Obama is the new Carrie Bradshaw, says Isaac Mizrahi. [MB]
• Have you ever wished that Joe Zee would finally document every food item he consumed over the course of the week? You're in luck. [NYM]
• Don't bother asking Michael Bloomberg about his fave footwear. Ask him about his shoes and he'll tell you they're "probably Paul Stuart," but he's "had them a long time," so he really has "no idea." [FN]

The Friday Party Report

cityfile · 02/20/09 04:05PM

Magnus Berger and Tenzin Wild's The Last Magazine threw a party last night to celebrate its second issue and the end of Fashion Week. Guests included Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim, Richard Chai, Michael Stipe, Gabi Asfour, Byrdie Bell, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld, Zoe Kravitz, Daisy Lowe, Stavros Niarchos, Natasha Poly, Derek Blasberg, Julia Stegner, designer Robert Geller, PC Valmorbida, Justin Portman, and Jamie Burke. [PMc, Wireimage, GoaG, SF]

The Friday Party Report

cityfile · 01/30/09 02:31PM

A bevy of models turned out on Wednesday night to celebrate Australian photographer Russell James' new book at the Stephan Weiss studio. Host Donna Karan and guests like Alan Cumming, Desiree Gruber, Ally Hilfiger, Douglas Hannant, Veronica Webb, and Josh Bernstein mingled with models like Alessandra Ambrosio (left), Angela Lindvall, Erin Wasson, Doutzen Kroes, Brooklyn Decker, Noemie Lenoir, Julie Henderson, Zuzana Gregorova, and Oluchi. [PMc, Wireimage, FWD]

Epstein's Freedom, Alec and Tina Face Off

cityfile · 12/23/08 07:15AM

• Jeffrey Epstein is a free man—sort of. The billionaire money manager, who was sentenced to 18 months for soliciting a minor for prostitution, is now working at the office of his non-profit foundation five days as a week as part of a work-release program. [P6]
Mort Zuckerman became a dad for the second time on Friday with the birth of a daughter named Renee Esther. [NYDN]
Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey's frosty relationship has turned into "outright contempt" since Baldwin mocked Fey's scar at a recent photo shoot and told the photographer to "get ready to do a lot of airbrushing." [Star]
• Suri Cruise gets 100 fan letters each day, you'll be creeped out to learn. [Star]

Barneys' Holiday Windows Embrace the '60s

cityfile · 11/12/08 03:36PM

♦ Barneys unveiled its '60s-themed holiday windows this morning, which Simon Doonan was quick to point out only borrow from "the cheery, upbeat aspects of the '60s! No overdoses, assassinations." [NYO]
♦ Downtown is being totally discriminated against by H&M: Only four stores are getting the Comme des Garçons line tomorrow: 51st and Fifth, 59th and Lex, 34th and Broadway, and 34th and Seventh. [Racked]

Now It's London's Turn

cityfile · 09/15/08 02:52PM

» International fashionistas like Diane von Furstenberg had barely seconds to spare between New York Fashion Week ending and London beginning: Across the pond good weather has thrown everyone into confusion, designers are angry about plans for New York to encroach on London's runway time, and to cap it all, they've got Peaches Geldof (left) back in town, although everyone had been hoping she'd stay in NYC. [style file, Guardian, Mirror]
» Maggie Rizer is writing a memoir about growing up as a model and about her personal and family life. No doubt she'll be touching on her stepfather's theft of $7 million of her money to feed his gambling addiction. [WWD]
» You have until 10pm to buy some Sigerson Morrison pumps, an Anya Hindmarch purse, or a Jonathan Saunders dress from one of the Target Bullseye Bodegas. [LX.TV]

Fashion Week: The Circus Descends

cityfile · 09/05/08 03:00PM
  • The inimitable Fug Girls were at Yigal Azrouël today and saw Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann (not sweating in leather pants, enthusiastically posing for a photographer), Miss J Alexander and Nigel Barker (chatting front row), Cory Kennedy (bored, disheveled), Alexis Bryan Morgan (still pregnant), Fabiola Beracasa (front row next to Katie Lee Joel), Nina Garcia (talking to reporters), and Kelly Cutrone (looking better in person than on TV). [The Cut]

DVF Makes Life Easier; Ed Westwick Branches Out

cityfile · 07/09/08 02:11PM
  • Seasoned jetsetter Diane von Furstenberg plans to take the angst out of packing with her new cruise collection La Petite Valise: "Packing is the key to everything. It can be painful to do it properly and keep it light, but afterwards you'll be so happy, so proud." It also helps if you can afford to travel with an entourage of eight assistants. [Telegraph]