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Stop Faking It


Following the CFDA and eBay’s first collaboration on one-of-a-kind designer tote bags promoting anti-counterfeiting, the two have partnered up once more for another “You Can’t Fake Fashion” campaign. After the first round of bags, designed by labels including Rodarte, The Row, and Rebecca Minkoff, sold out within hours, over 75 designers signed on to create a bag this time around. For good reason—it’s a cause very close to the designers’ hearts.

“Authenticity is a big part of what we do,” Billy Reid, who is on the roster of participating designers along with Maria Cornejo, Thom Browne, Tory Burch, and Prabal Gurung, tells “We strive to make the best-quality goods that we can and we take a lot of pride in our work, so we are 100 percent behind supporting the CFDA and our fellow designers through You Can’t Fake Fashion.”

The bags ($200 for the customized totes, $45 for the standard) go on sale exclusively on eBay March 20, with all proceeds going to the CFDA. Above, an exclusive first look at one of the new bags from Milly. We suggest you order fast.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Talking Turkey


It’s hard to believe for those of us still shaking off the tumult of fashion week, but Thanksgiving is around the corner. It’s never too soon to start preparing—and this year, you can make the feast that designer Billy Reid does with his family down in Florence, Alabama. For the Thanksgiving issue of Bon Appétit, Reid invited the magazine to his adopted hometown, to shoot, stuff, and savor his usual repast.

The shooting didn’t work out, Reid and Bon Appétit editor in chief Adam Rapoport explained last night at a less traditional, but no less festive dinner to celebrate the issue at Peels in New York.(March, when the story was shot, isn’t hunting season.) Rapoport revealed that when he made the jump from GQ to the cooking magazine, Reid was one of the first fashion types he and executive editor Christine Muhlke dreamed of bringing into their new pages. Reid, for his part, just laughed and helped himself to a platter fried chicken. It may not have been the classic Thanksgiving fare, but the designer revealed it is the sort of thing you’ll find at his house’s celebration. For the magazine article, Reid’s friend, John Currence, drummed up a Cajun-spiced bird, but the customary Reid house entrée is deep fried.

Photo: David X. Prutting/

Billy Reid, Collab-Happy


Billy Reid was in New York last night to toast the debut of his new collection for J.Crew, the just deserts of his CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund win. That collection, including linen shirts, a chambray suit, a slouchy cotton cardigan, and a Grand Isle polo, is now available at “It’s just so much synergy from the beginning,” Reid told last night at the event. “The way they approached the project, they said bring us a dozen or so of your signature type pieces, things that really speak to your collection. Then they would say, ‘These feel right.’ It felt natural.”

But the J.Crew collection isn’t the only collaboration of the moment for the designer, who’s also collaborated in the past with Stetson on hats. Inspired by his own beloved, raggedy vintage K.Swiss sneakers (worn almost to death, as a Twitpic from Reid amply illustrates), Reid also worked with the label on three colors of a casual, low-top sneak, above. They’ll retail for $95 when they hit stores and the Web this Friday.

Photo: Courtesy of Billy Reid

Royal Wedding: The Backlash?


The world’s been anxiously counting down to the Royal Wedding (caps, please) of Kate Middleton and Prince William, dissecting every detail from the hen night (that’s bachelorette party, to you or me) to the going-away dress (apparently it’s what she’ll wear to leave her reception and head off to her honeymoon). But a quick canvass of the style world suggests that not every fashion insider will be waking up to watch. Jefferson Hack put it bluntly: “I am actually going to be away that weekend, and I personally don’t give a shit about the wedding!” he told us at the launch of Dazed Live earlier this month. “And you can print that.” He’s not the only one. checked in with a roster of designers to find out more.

Will you be watching the Royal Wedding?

“I could care less. I’m going to blank it out as much as I can. I have been blanking on the whole thing from the start and I will continue to do so. I actually wake up pretty early; I am usually up by 4:30 a.m., but I am not going to turn it on. I think marriage is a wonderful thing and it’s a great declaration of love and commitment, but it’s boring.” —Steven Kolb, executive director, CFDA

“No, probably not. What time is it at? I will probably be asleep. I definitely will be asleep.” —Pamela Love

“I’m going to be a jazz fest in New Orleans, so I probably won’t be thinking too much about it, to be honest. I’m going to be watching the Avett Brothers. Maybe I’ll TiVo it and check it out afterwards.” —Billy Reid

“When Lady Di was married, I was really young and I was in London in the middle of it, in August. Everything was crazy during that time in London. You would find like the cup with her picture and a wedding phrase, so that was my experience. This new royal wedding, I have not followed so much. I don’t know…I wish them the best.” —Sophie Théallet

“I definitely want to see it, but I don’t know if I’ll watch it live. I’m sure the coverage will be so thorough. We realized the day we have to move is the day of the wedding.” —Erin Fetherston

“I’ll check out the photos online, but I haven’t been keeping up with all of the People coverage of it.” —Marcia Patmos

“That’s a good question. I’m excited because I think I didn’t get to watch the last one; I missed it for some reason. I remember my mother was really into it and wanting to watch it. I have to figure it out.” —Eddie Borgo

Of everyone we surveyed, only one person was truly enthused: Prabal Gurung. “Yes! Of course,” he told “I am going to watch. I remember late Princess Diana’s wedding. And I come from Nepal—there’s a monarchy, and I went to a British Catholic school for ten years, so I am very aware of that world. I’m excited.” Of course, he’s built a business on gowns fit for a princess.

Photo: Photo: Indigo / Getty Images

January Heats Up; Anna Dello Russo: The Early Years; Gemma Ward At Sea; And More…


January Jones’ first campaign for Versace has leaked, and she’s no repressed housewife here. The woman best known as Mrs. Betty Draper Francis was shot by Mario Testino in nothing but a bag and a pair of shoes. “I am always on the lookout for the next Versace blonde,” Donatella Versace told WWD. “She is chic and elegant but deeply sensual, too.” Sterling Cooper is reportedly scrambling to pick up the Versace account for next season. [WWD]

Speaking of spokesmodels: If you’ve ever wanted to see an 18-year-old Anna Dello Russo in an Italian TV ad for ricotta cheese, well, here you go. (And kudos on your ultra-specific, exquisite tastes.) [Fashionista]

The trailer for the latest in the seemingly endless Pirates of the Caribbean series is out, with Johnny Depp once again leading the charge as a Keef-inspired pirate. But this time around, we’re just as interested in Gemma Ward, who has a cameo as a man-eating (figuratively, we think) mermaid. Check her out at 1:52 and 2:07. [Fashionologie]

The outdoorsmen trend in menswear has made for a lot of hunting jackets designed by guys who don’t know a rifle from a raffle. But Alabama-based Billy Reid ain’t one of ‘em—as this video shot by Gilt Manual attests, he knows his way around his firearms. [Gilt Manual]

Photo: Mario Testino/Courtesy of Versace