Chelsea Clinton is celebrating her 29th birthday today. Elizabeth Taylor is turning 77. Josh Groban is 28. Ralph Nader is 75. Joanne Woodward, the Oscar-winning actress and widow of Paul Newman, turns 79. Actor Noah Emmerich is turning 44. Lynyrd Skynyrd's Johnny Van Zant is 50. Rozonda Thomas (or Chilli) from TLC is 38. And the head of the 92nd St. Y, Sol Adler, turns 55. Weekend birthdays—including Olivia Palermo's big day—after the jump.
• Natalia Vodianova is collaborating with Etam on a lingerie and swimwear line. [Racked]
• Following in the footsteps of Marc Jacobs, DKNY has decided to cut down its Fashion Week guest list from 1,000 people to 400. [Fashionista]
• Diane von Furstenberg appears in fishnets on the new cover of the new issue of Purple. [DVF]
• Profits were flat for LVMH in 2008. [WSJ]
• A long list of reasons why women love to hate Gwyneth Paltrow. [NYP]
• Sarah Jessica Parker wears Uggs, items from her Bitten line. [HB]
• Rachel Zoe has trademarked "Bananas" and "I die," believe it or not. [NYM]
♦ If you have the nerve to approach Anna Wintour at a public event and ask her an uncomfortable question, don't be the least bit surprised if tells you to get lost. [The Cut]
♦ Madonna's latest fashion faux-pas? A green Louis Vuitton dress by Marc Jacobs, which "looks as if someone poured a wheelbarrow of lawn clippings all over her," bitches fashion critic Hilary Alexander. "Just another horrific hiccup in the wardrobe of a woman of wealth, but no taste." [Telegraph]
♦ Karolina Kurkova is the world's sexiest woman, according to E!, belly button or no belly button. [Reuters]
♦ Yes, it's 30 degrees outside, so why not distract yourself by watching footage of Brazil's Clara Rio Summer event, including Natalia Vodianova and Byrdie Bell showing off on the dance floor? [Vogue UK]
♦ Henri Bendel updated its window display this morning to account for the results of the election: "The cocktail-dress-wearing mannequins have been moved over to the blue polling booth, someone cracked a bottle of champagne (and drank it, leaving an empty bottle and glass), and there's a strange, lipstick-edged cake on the floor." [Racked]
♦ While most of the country was consumed by election fever, some fashionistas were all ready en route to support an equally important issue: Brazilian swimwear! The Claro Rio Summer show kicks off in Rio today, and Zani Gugelmann, Amy Sacco, Fiona Scarry, Natalia Vodianova and Justin Portman, and Michael Roberts are all there. [CR, CR, stylefile]
Fashion blogger SALTY visits New York and chronicles things he finds surprising: "...Naomi Campbell walking on Madison Avenue in an awful red jogging suit ... Teen girls with really old men at the Serena Bar... Tons of celebrities walking in the streets of Soho... Smokers standing outside buildings freezing instead of simply smoking in their offices... Tons of French restaurants with astonishing menu prices... Natalia Vodianova walking unrecognised on Fifth Avenue..."
Things that surprised me in New York [SALTYT]
Patrick at Supermodels Are Lonelier Than You Think notes that Anna Wintour's pen seems to have produced a comparison of the much-hyped supermodel du jour Natalia Vodianova to Kate Moss, Brooke Shields, and Jean Shrimpton. The only real common denominator is that all were Calvin Klein models. Patrick suggests that this is really just a sophisticated exercise in sucking up to a major advertiser. Ms. Wintour & Co. may be too busy pushing product to provide any intelligent commentary. Update: A reader points out that Jean Shrimpton was never a Calvin Klein model. We stand corrected. There is no conspiracy; only bad fashion writing.
Natalia would like you to meet her husband [Supermodels Are Lonelier Than You Think]