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Tamara Mellon Taps Karlie Kloss, Rie Rasmussen

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When Tamara Mellon decided to get back into the fashion action after leaving Jimmy Choo, it wasn’t going to be business as usual. In hopes of bringing the thrill back to shopping (she blames fashion fatigue on universal access to runway photographs as well as the months between the shows and the arrival of clothes in stores), Mellon has opted out of the catwalk. More importantly, she’s opted out of the idea of selling winter coats in July and bikinis in January. The plan is to make bimonthly shipments of buy-now, wear-now clothes to department stores (we have it on good authority that her first delivery to Bergdorf Goodman is selling at a brisk clip), and to very quickly ramp up her own boutiques and e-commerce platform. By way of introduction, she’s just produced a short movie, enlisting model-turned-filmmaker Rie Rasmussen to direct Karlie Kloss. “We had so much fun shooting High Heels & Sharp Knives with Rie and Karlie,” Mellon told Style.com. “Both are incredibly talented and completely capture the spirit of my woman. I cannot wait to see the reaction from the twist at the end.” No spoilers here. Visit Mellon’s Web site tomorrow to discover the twist for yourself, and watch an exclusive teaser only on Style.com.

G-Star and Vs. Magazine Devour Art

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Blurring the boundaries between the worlds of fashion, art, music, and film has always been a focus at G-Star. The denim brand regularly works with noteworthy director Anton Corbijn on its print campaigns, and recently kicked off its new Art of RAW project with a video featuring cool CGI animation and a custom track by Skrillex. Keeping up the cultural momentum, they have collaborated with Vs. Magazine on Devouring Art, a short film directed by and starring Danish multimedia artist Rie Rasmussen. In the Vs. Magazine film, Rasmussen portrays an artist who breaks into a gallery—armed with painting tools and clad in denim overalls—in search of inspiration. Inside, the surrounding art comes to life and consumes her for a raw, and decidedly racy, result.

“I let the tone of the [Art of RAW] collection inspire [me]. So [the film] definitely had to be something with a dark edge to it, while still making an artistic point,” Rasmussen told Style.com. The director—a frequent Vs. collaborator—brought in personal muse and former Givenchy model Marie de Villepin to costar in the film and help with its soundtrack (de Villepin is the frontwoman of the band Pinkmist). “I like sturdy, hard-edged female fashion, and the idea of durable clothing that’s built to last,” Rasmussen continued. “The word raw has always been a huge turn-on to me because it implies no pretense—no refining, no makeup, no facade. That is rare in fashion and why G-Star’s Art of RAW project is so refreshing.”

Vs. and G-Star gave Style.com an exclusive sneak peek at the film and will debut the full version tonight with an event at the Electric Room at Dream Downtown. Catherine McNeil, Dorothea Barth Jorgensen, David Blaine, Lulu Gainsbourg, and Sophie Auster are among the expected guests.

Rie Rasmussen Rises Again, The Rumor Mill Keeps Turning, Trouble Brewing For American Apparel, And More…

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Outspoken model Rie Rasmussen revealed this week that she’s switched agencies and is ready for another go at the scene. The catwalker is breaking away from her longtime agency, One (of which she remains part owner), and signing with Next to focus on her own career. She’s already been making appearances in the front row (like at Givenchy, left). [WWD]

The Twitterati are closing in on Riccardo Tisci as the next Dior designer—at least according to themselves—but it may be far from a done deal. Our editors have spotted the staff of Lanvin in tears, fueling speculation that Alber Elbaz will head for Dior, while WWD noticed Jason Wu (a potential Elbaz replacement) sitting front-row for his first Lanvin show. This one ain’t over till it’s over, folks. [Fashionologie]

Yet more bad press for the perennially embattled American Apparel and its founder, Dov Charney: Allegations have come to light that Charney kept an 18-year-old sex slave on staff. The woman, now 20, has filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn Supreme court seeking $260 million in damages. [WWD]

And Emma Watson made waves when she began attending Brown University, but the pixie-ish English actress and style setter has announced she’ll take some time off to finish the Harry Potter films and focus on a few other film and fashion projects. Not to worry—she still plans to finish her degree, she writes on her Web site, “it’s just going to take me a semester or so longer than I thought.” [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Alice Bensi / GoRunway.com

Rie Rages, Tommy Forgives, And More…

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From the Department of We’re Staying Out Of It: Model Rie Rasmussen apparently took Terry Richardson to task in Paris for exploiting models. [Page Six]

Details are finally emerging about the notorious Tommy Hilfiger/Axl Rose brawl of 2006. (We know—you’ve been on the edge of your seat ever since!) Apparently Axl pushed Tommy, Tommy called him rude, and a punch or two was thrown. Don’t worry, they’re bros again. Phew. [Vogue U.K.]

The weird/wonderful Japanese menswear line Number (N)ine is sadly shuttered, but its last collaboration, a range of sneakers with Converse, hits stores this weekend (pictured). Get ‘em while you can. [Cool Hunting via Racked]

Fashion favorite (and Balenciaga campaign star) Charlotte Gainsbourg is taking her show on the road. First stop: Coachella, California’s outdoor music fest. [Pitchfork via Hint Mag]

We usually try not to get too invested in the goings and comings in Barbie Land, but you may like to know that the girl’s got a friend, Darren, on the scene. The guy’s got connections: Jay-Z personally selected his outfit from Rocawear’s collections. [Nylon]

Photo: coolhunting.com