THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Megan Fox ups her Armani connection. Story by Anne Pringle.

Fox-y in Armani
Megan Fox may be best known for her part in the Transformers franchise (and losing the job to Rosie Huntington-Whitely for publicly insulting director Michael Bay), but she’s also scored some high-profile modeling gigs: for Emporio Armani underwear and Armani Jeans. Now, the brand has nnounced that Fox will appear in the new Giorgio Armani Cosmetics campaign, launching in October. A spokesperson for the brand claimed they chose Fox because “her beautiful features reveal femininity, sensuality and strength.” I guess… (WWD)

Counterfeit Crackdown
U.S. Immigration and Customs recently made several indictments after a long-term investigation involving $100 million in counterfeit luxury goods. Those involved were charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods, smuggling and conspiracy, for selling clothing, jewellery, shoes, bags and sunglasses with the false logos of over 70 brands, including Burberry, Armani, Coach, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton and Prada. (WWD)

Gucci’s new luxury
Francois-Henri Pinault, the PPR chairman and CEO of the Gucci Group, has announced that they are moving towards creating pieces with fewer logos—what he calls “more discreet luxury”. He believes that the new perception of luxury is more refined, sophisticated and subtle—anything but in-your-face logos. Perhaps he’s taking a note from the house’s other successful brands that are a bit more understated, like Balenicaga, Yves Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta. (Fashionologie)

Marc Jacobs Plus?
Robert Duffy, the CEO of Marc Jacobs, is reportedly considering creating a plus-sized line for the brand, which currently runs up to size 16. Duffy has shared that being a “big guy” (think 6 foot 4, 210lbs), he understands how hard it can be for larger sizes to find clothes. On Twitter, he sympathized, saying “[you’re] right. We gotta do larger sizes… As soon as I get back to NY, I’m on it! It will take me about a year. But stay with us. Problem solving is a big part of our job.” (Vogue UK)

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