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Baby Phat: Kimora Lee Simmons Was Fired?

The confusion between Phat Fashions' Baby Phat and its overly ostentatious ‘creative director’ Kimora Lee Simmons, has gone from puzzling to worse: bad press. Initially, judging from Simmons' Twitter, it appeared that the former model and ex-wife to Russell Simmons, had left the label – feeling obligated to lend more selfish self-advertising to her other fashion ventures. “Sometimes we have limited choices in life,” Simmons tweeted. “We have 2 RIDE the WAVE baby! Team FABULOSITY!”

FASHIONABLE
Missoni Preps for Another Converse Collaboration

Occasionally, it’s fitting to splurge some extra cash on your wardrobe. In our opinion, Missoni’s collaboration with Converse Chuck Taylor fits appropriately.

After successfully mingling high-fashion with accessible streetwear for Spring 2010, the two iconic brands have paired up again to release more Fall 2010 styles. Designs include Missoni’s iconic zigzag pattern called Raschel, featuring soft-sheepskin leather in ‘Missoni Brick Red’ on the lining of the shoe collar, pull tag and shoe tongue. The shoes, offered in unisex sizes 3-13, will be listed at $200 and available at Missoni boutiques, Jeffrey’s, and other suggested retail stores.

TREND LIST
Jimmy Choo for Ugg's. First Look: Thanks to Nicky Hilton

When UGG Australia announced its collaboration with the celebrity run-to footwear company, Jimmy Choo, we envisioned: something comfy (maybe with a heel), as an Ugg boot should be. Something affordable, like the Jimmy Choo/H&M capsule and, at the least, something refreshingly classic, without losing both brand identities. Think the Jimmy Choo/Hunter rainboots.

However, we’ve missed out on all that we’ve banked on, as the newly launched shoes are written off as a starry disgrace to the in-crowd and landing on the feet of Nicky Hilton and tweens everywhere.

The first look: an all-black cushion bedazzled in miniature white stars - catching the attention of famed Hilton sister, Nicky. She tweeted about her "purchase" last week:

INDUSTRY NEWS
Anna Wintour Reads Blogs, Has A Favorite Bar & Talks More FNO

It’s humorous to think of Vogue’s Anna Wintour reading Tavi’s blog, or any blog besides Vogue.com, at her desk every morning – or during a slow day at the office. But, in a recent interview, where Wintour chatted with Opening Ceremony’ Humberto Leon, about Fashion’s Night Out, she confesses to reading blogs, being disappointed her favorite sunglasses store was turned into a wine shop and says she owns an iPad. She admits to blog-cruising in a modest “of course I do” way, but as expected, directs her answer to Vogue’s online website. Even more shocking: we never have been the ones to imagine Anna as a drinker, in fact we thought she’d frown on anything that would get her loose, but she lists the Ritz as the best hotel bar. Interesting. Something we can now imagine her and Barack Obama doing frequently together.

CAMPAIGN SEASON
Jessica Stam For A Second Season With Aldo

With the recent outbreak of campaign videos from high-end labels, we find it refreshing to see Jessica Stam and Mat Gordon flirtatiously dance for a label we actually can afford: Aldo. Aldo teamed up with the two supermodels, to feature their Fall 2010 accessories and footwear collection. This is Stam’s second season with the label – shot again by Terry Richardson. What makes the campaign so special isn’t the models shared Canadian background, yet Gordon’s dream come true: he’s always wanted to work with Jessica Stam. But, we ask, who hasn't?

Shop the collection online today, see the video below and more of the campaign at Nitrolicious.

INDUSTRY NEWS
Grace Coddington Plans To Release a Memoir

With Fashion’s Night Out coming up so rapidly, Vogue is pulling all of its tricks out of the bag: self-promotion on its September cover, partnering with CBS, releasing international meetings discussing the events online and now..

..the announcement of Grace Coddington’s plans to release a memoir.

Considering Coddington’s best supporting actress role in the September Issue, the project, which will be shopped around this fall, should be a good read. Coddington partnered up with former Men’s Vogue editor James Fielden, who has been following her to fashion shows, events and interviewing her close friends and colleagues, to sign with top literary agent Elyse Cheyney.

THE SCENE
Betsey Johnson Is Turning 68 And You're Invited To Celebrate..

As if getting organized for fashion week isn’t enough, we are secretly reminded that fashion makers and creators have birthdays too.

Vogue’s Anna Wintour celebrated her birthday last week, Jeremy Scott on Saturday at the Soho Grand and Betsey Johnson will this week. Betsey Johnson & friends sent over an invite, announcing the designer’s 68th birthday party, Wednesday, at her Soho boutique. Our first question: 68? We would have never guessed. The next: Drinks? For, they will be well needed for what’s to come in September.

Get A Giant Purse and Car Service At Dior For Free..


Patrons who shop on East 57th Street of luxury labels hardly have to worry about New York City scaffolding, and all of the dangers and filth that come along with it. So, when something goes under construction (on East 57th street), New Yorkers can expect to either not notice or be informed by an attractive display.

Dior’s 57th Street boutique opted for an oversized purse to cover the store, with a polite note informing consumers about the temporary closing. Since shoppers have still been coming with money to spend, Dior has been even more polite by offering car service to shuttle them uptown to their Madison Avenue store.

Obviously, we call such a deal, shopping and car service, but like many we’ll opt for the latter in this heat – pretending to be eager shoppers.

MAGAZINE ROUNDUP
September Issues and Kate Moss' 30th Vogue UK Cover.

September issue covers are ruling the fashion websites, as magazine hopefuls check-in to see which celebrities/supermodels landed their favored magazines.

So far: Lady Gaga for Vanity Fair (US & British), Halle Berry for Vogue, Natasha Poly for Vogue Nippon, Catherine McNeil for Vogue Australia, Victoria Justice for Teen Vogue, Julia Roberts for Elle, Jennifer Aniston for Harper’s Bazaar, Gisele Bundchen for Harper’s Bazaar UK, Elle MacPhearson for Harper’s Bazaar Australia, Doutzen Kroes for Flare, Ashley Olsen for Fashion Canada and Kate Moss for Vogue UK – to name a few.

REALITY TV
Snooki: Fashion, Fame & Elizabeth Taylor?


As the world of reality television gears up for Jersey Shore’s Season 2 premiere Thursday, the fashion industry is fixing on the less attractive – the show's leading star, Snooki.

Snooki has taken her bulging imperfections to fame with appalling nightlife costumes, a capitalization on her pouf and, of course, a demand of higher pay to be seen.

The New York Times’ Cathy Horyn, made a visit to Snooki at her father's in Marlboro, NY. There she learned that it’s the Italian way to live in your parent’s basement until your mid-30s and it’s also normal to be surrounded by drama. How can Snooki’s father not recognize why she’s even famous? Horyn spoke with friends, professors and MTV - all who couldn’t justify why they watched Jersey Shore, but idolized the four-foot nine collection of busty and short-legged Snookiness – for insight on the reality stars rise in stardom. And though it was disappointing to read Horyn’s realization of Snooki’s predicted short-term career she channeled Snooki as Elizabeth Taylor in the 1960’s; appearance, a garish taste in clothing, and an attention-seeking personality.