September 1 2014

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Mrs. Marley, We Presume? And More Of The Day’s Top Stories


It’s wedding bells for Brazilian supe Isabeli Fontana. The model is engaged to Rohan Marley, one of late reggae legend Bob Marley’s 11 kids. Fontana and her fiancé don’t have a date yet, but they are reportedly planning to tie the knot in the birthplace of the Rastafarian movement: Ethiopia. [Vogue U.K.]

In other Brazilian bombshell news, Gisele Bündchen is already back on a Paris Vogue cover. She was Emmanuelle Alt’s first cover girl when Alt took the reigns of the mag with the April issue, and now, a little over a year later, she’s back and (barely) bikini-clad. [Huff Po]

Sir Paul Smith is set to build an empire in China. The Brit designer has just announced his first Shanghai store (opening in December), with 24 shops in China to follow over the next five years. He’s already huge in Japan: There are over 200 Smith stores there. [Telegraph]

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations have turned into a full-fledged designer affair. The likes of Vivienne Westwood, watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Harrods have already created special collections in honor of the big event, and now Nicholas Kirkwood has unveiled his limited-edition, Swarovski-encrusted pump for the occasion. []




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Met Ball Masseur Saves Liv’s Givenchy Jacket, And More Of Today’s Top Stories…


Liv Tyler (pictured) reportedly flew into a panic when she thought she had lost her one-of-a-kind Givenchy jacket at an after-party for the Met ball, but Lino Pastrana, a masseur who apparently works wonders on Donna Karan, Donatella Versace, and Riccardo Tisci, crawled under a table and retrieved it. Healing hands indeed. [Page Six]

Net-a-Porter’s magic hour? “It’s that kick-back moment at 9 p.m. when we notice a big surge in sales,” reveals Alison Loehnis, the site’s new managing director. “That and lunch time.” [Telegraph]

Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee is being celebrated this year, and diamond giant De Beers is joining the brigade of Brit labels that have signed on to toast the monarch. The company has created a Talisman crown with over 600 rare raw diamonds and precious stones, with a 73-carat diamond at the top. It will go on show at Harrods on May 15. []

Adorkable’s going country. New Girl star Zooey Deschanel tweeted last night that she’s agreed to play country legend Loretta Lynn in a Broadway adaptation of Coal Miner’s Daughter, Lynn’s life story. Sissy Spacek famously won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Lynn in the 1980 film version. [Paper]




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Mad To Order, Isabella’s Got A Brand-New Bag, And More…


Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant is launching her own line, Mod by Janie Bryant, on QVC. It’s inspired by fifties and sixties fashions, like those on Mad Men, but Jon Hamm, sadly, doesn’t come with purchase. [WWD]

Isabella Rossellini has designed a new bag for Bulgari (pictured), a rectangular tote available in four versions, including ponyskin and patent. The bag has a snail-print lining—”We chose the snail, just because my bag is a little bit like my home,” Rossellini said—though presumably not snails in flagrante as in the ageless actress’ “Green Porno” series for Sundance. [WWD]

Look out, London. Harrods has announced it’s eyeing a second location—in Shanghai. [Vogue U.K.]

And if this morning’s Lady Gaga performance on the Today show wasn’t enough for you, there’s a Gaga lookalike contest being held at noon in Union Square. The winner gets tickets to her last show at MSG. Monsters, to your marks! [Broadway World]

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The Shorts Get Smaller, Tom Ford Gets Bigger, And More…


Two high-end jewelers have two high-end new campaign stars: Sienna Miller for Piaget (pictured) and Angela Lindvall for John Hardy. [WWD]

New York canvasses the market for a few favorite short-short shorts, from the affordable to the, well, Chanel (pictured). In the latter case, expect to pay about $100 per inch. [New York]

Mohammed Al Fayed has sold legendary English department store Harrods to Qatar Trust for a mere $2.2 billion. He plans to retire and spend more time with his (now even wealthier) children and grandchildren. [Racked]

Tom Ford, on the other hand, shows no signs of slowing down. In the next month, he’ll unveil two new retail stores, one in Hong Kong and one in Shanghai. [Vogue U.K.]

Dr. Kamali, we presume? The iconic designer will receive an honorary doctorate at FIT’s commencement this month. [WWD]

Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

Ash Cloud Or Not, The Acne Party Must Go On


Contingency plans in case of volcanic eruption are scarcely the stuff of everyday life in London, but events in Iceland inspired knock-on ingenuity as airports across northern Europe were closed by a drifting ash cloud yesterday. Harrods fashion director Marigay McKee mentioned a friend who’d hailed a black cab outside Heathrow to get him to his skiiing holiday in Salzburg on time. (That’s a two-day drive, BTW.) She was co-hosting a party to celebrate the opening of a new Acne boutique in Harrods with Acne CEO Mikael Schiller. He’d flown in from Sweden just ahead of the cloud, but the rest of the Acne team weren’t so lucky; they stayed stranded in Stockholm. Still, the party at the boutique and the dinner afterward at Mr. Chow didn’t disappoint. Schiller declared that an in-store in Harrods fulfilled a longtime ambition for the little company that could. (He also remembered an earlier moment in Acne’s relationship with the retailer, when they had to come up with a convincing acronym to explain why the company was named, to English ears at least, after a pimple.) Sarah Mower, Gabriele Hackworthy, model-turned-designer Ben Grimes, Acne Film’s Rikard Svensson, Acne Paper‘s Duncan Campbell, and Acne communications director Anthony Kendal’s posse of Australian billionairesses helped fête guest of honor Husam El Odeh, the London artisan whose jewelry is one of the city’s small, seductive pleasures. He has created little shields of silver for the thighs, knees, calves, and back pockets of a pair of Acne jeans. Tron-like articulation is right on trend with the movie remake on its way, but the notion of any added protection may prove equally timely if Eyjafjallajökull continues to blow.

Photo: Courtesy of Acne