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July 23 2014

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Tom’s Not Fit To Be Tied, Marc Jacobs On His Favorite Show Ever, Stella McCartney On The Move, And More…

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Turns out there’s a medical explanation for Tom Ford’s oft-exposed chest. “I can only wear [ties] for a few hours and then I start to get a migraine,” the designer reveals in a new hour-long documentary for the Oprah Winfrey Network. He doesn’t like neckwear, but he does like baths, it turns out—up to five a day. [Fashionologie]

Monday’s CFDA Awards are looking more and more starry. In addition to host Anderson Cooper, Naomi Watts and Gerard Butler will be on hand to present. [WWD]

Stella McCartney is following her father into the recording studio—literally. The designer is packing up her Meatpacking store and setting up shop at 112 Greene Street, a former recording space for artists like Run DMC and Salt ‘N Pepa. The new location will open its doors in 2012. [Elle]

Marc Jacobs sits down with WWD for a revealing interview in anticipation of his Lifetime Achievement Award from the CFDA—though he’d rather think of it as the less-valedictory “In-the-Process-of.” Among the revelations? He calls Fall ’11′s Louis Vuitton show the most beautiful he’s ever done, but his favorite show of all time remains his famous grunge presentation for Perry Ellis. [WWD]


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A Jean Queen, In Words And Pictures

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Gloria Vanderbilt has worn many hats in her day, from society bride at 17 to erotic novelist at 85. In between, she’s been a fabric designer, a decorator, a fixture on the Best Dressed lists, and—most pertinent to us—a bestselling fashion designer. Anyone who’s ever scoured eBay for a pair knows the allure of her Gloria Vanderbilt jeans. They were introduced in the late seventies—one of the first designer denim debuts—and cut to flatter, Fiorucci-style. (That’s the clear message of this promo shot from 1979, starring Vanderbilt and a host of GV-clad models; she recalls being “horrified” at the photographer’s request that the girls bend over to better illustrate the jeans’ shape.) They’re still a good buy if you can find an old pair—our own beauty editor wore hers to the office last week, to a raft of compliments. (Not sure we can say the say about Vanderbilt’s “playwear,” a precursor of sorts to the designer sweat suit, though this TV ad for the line from 1980 is worth a watch.)

Her whole trajectory is mapped in Wendy Goodman’s new tome, The World of Gloria Vanderbilt ($40, out November 1), which is filled with photos of the woman throughout the years, in a series of palatial, fabric-lined apartments, and an empress’ collection of her own dresses. “My mom comes from a time and place that no longer exist,” her son, Anderson Cooper, writes in his foreword to the book. “I used to think of her as an emissary from some distant solar system; a visitor to our shores.” It’s a visit Goodman lovingly chronicles. And as for Anderson, the silver-maned CNN anchor appears frequently throughout, too—most memorably as a burbling infant snapped by no less than Diane Arbus.

Photo: Evelyn Floret / Time Life Pictures / Getty Images

Video: When Gloria Met Diane

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“Sometimes people will see me on the street and say, ‘Hi Gloria!’ ” So revealed Diane von Furstenberg when we stole the designer and her good friend Gloria Vanderbilt away from last week’s book party for Gloria’s new erotic novella, Obsession, to have a little on-camera chat. On first glance, it seems laughable to those of us in the know that DVF might be mistaken for Vanderbilt. But if you stop to consider, the two women’s lives do have a mirrored quality that makes it a forgivable error for the casual observer. They are each responsible for an iconic (and sexy) piece of clothing that turned their aristocratic names into household brands and really resonated with a wide swath of women. And neither is shy about her long and interesting list of husbands and lovers. Curiously, they never became friends at Studio 54; it was only after Anderson Cooper, Gloria’s son and DVF’s hiking buddy, introduced them a couple of years ago. Although after their first lunch, it was “immediate intimacy,” as DVF puts it. Click here to see the pair in the designer’s glamorous Meatpacking District office discussing sex, friendship, and, of course, Gloria’s latest book.

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene