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Fashion Criticism: No Respect!


“It’s considered something that’s for and about women…I think all of those things kind of conspired to keep fashion from being given the same kind of respect.” So says Robin Givhan—famously the only fashion critic ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for her efforts—during a panel discussion this week on the place of fashion criticism. Givhan was joined by The New York Times‘ Guy Trebay and W‘s Stefano Tonchi on the panel, hosted by Fashion Projects, a magazine from Parsons professor Francesca Granata that covers the industry from a critic’s perspective. Agree or disagree? In the yea column: Trebay was careful to make the distinction that he’s an “urban ethnographer,” not a fashion critic. Hmm. In the nay column: Well, the whole thing was covered by the Columbia Journalism Review.

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Robin Givhan Reportedly Among The Layoffs At Newsweek


Fashion critic Robin Givhan will leave her post at Newsweek/The Daily Beast at the end of the year, Daily Intel is reporting , one of a number of staffers who were laid off from or voluntarily departed the outlet this week. Givhan told the blog that she’s planning to finish working on a book about the Grand Divertissement à Versailles, the historic 1973 fashion show that served as a coming-out party for both American designers and African-American models , and search for a new job. Givhan joined Tina Brown’s enterprise from the The Washington Post, where she earned a Pulitzer Prize for her criticism.

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Sportswear From An Oscar Winner, Sunday In The Park With Isaac, Dree And The Best-Dressed Catwalkers Of 2010, And More…


Bend it like… Swank? Hilary Swank is apparently the latest silver screener to get in on the celebrity-design game: She’s developing her own line of sporty activewear. [WWD]

Spend it like… Mizrahi? Isaac takes The New York Times through his Sunday ritual, which includes a morning swim, a midday dog walk, and plenty of HBO before bed. [NYT]

Hem it like… Hemingway? Modelinia walks us through its top ten best-dressed models of 2010, from stalwart veterans like Kate and Natalia to insurgent newcomers like Dree Hemingway (left) and Elisa Sednaoui. [Modelinia]

Bienvenue to Lemaire: WWD checks in with former Lacoste designer Christophe Lemaire, whose first collection for Hermès debuts in March. With all due respect to his predecessor, Jean Paul Gaultier, and his “virtuosity,” Lemaire says his own vision for Hermès will be closer to that of Martin Margiela, who helmed the house from 1998 to 2003. [WWD]

And au revoir to Robin Givhan-at The Washington Post, at least. The paper’s longtime fashion critic, who’s headed to Newsweek and The Daily Beast, signs off with an impassioned defense of fashion and its permanent place in the Beltway. [Washington Post]

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Lindsay Gets Confused, Alber Gets Pinned, And More…


Cleared up: Lindsay Lohan is not designing jewelry for Pascal Mouawad, despite Lohan’s red-carpet claims stating otherwise. [WWD]

Speaking of celebrity lines, Robin Givhan employs the best analogy yet for the trend: “I can’t imagine Donna Karan saying I’m going to cut an album because her friends say she can sing karaoke.” Zing! [WWD]

More news on the Ridley Scott Gucci movie: Rumors that Angie and Leo are set to star are still just rumors, but we’re looking at an early 2011 release. That’s not too far, right? [WWD]

Lanvin‘s Alber Elbaz is receiving an honorary medal with an impressively long name: the Grande Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris. Past recipients have included Valentino and Gianni Versace. [WWD]

Recession scorecard: Paparazzi pics are going for peanuts. Those in the know claim the infamous Britney Spears head-shaving shot would only go for $100,000 in the current economy, versus the $300,000 it fetched in 2007. Brangelina pics, however, do not depreciate. [The Daily Beast]

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The Danger Of Jessica Biel, MObama’s Shorts, And More…


In “a bid to find real-life hipsters” to star in the campaign for his new, lower-priced diffusion line JCDC, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is working with Dazed & Confused in London and Jalouse in Paris to scout for the skinnies. What, no Brooklyn Vegan? [WWD]

Ladies, do the gentleman in your life a favor and tell him not to Google Jessica Biel. He’ll thank you later. [People]

Market gossip: DKNY is vaguely rumored to be for sale. Could LVMH be looking to get rid of the “pizza to [Donna Karan] Collection’s caviar?” [Fashionista]

The Washington Post‘s Robin Givhan gives First Lady Michelle Obama’s shorts a dressing down: “She gets the fancy jet. She has to dress for the ride.” Ouch. [Washington Post]

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