THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Cult fashion favourite Anna Dello Russo, the fashion director of Vogue Nippon, gets (even more) creative for Lane Crawford. Story by Anne Pringle.

Celebrate with fashion
Lane Crawford, Hong Kong’s high fashion retailer, will celebrate its upcoming 160th anniversary with several exciting events and special products, including the customization of two heritage pieces: the Burberry trenchcoat and the Ming dynasty chair. Among the fashion influences creating their own custom pieces are Vogue editor Anna Dello Russo and renowned stylist George Cortina. On top of all that, the resulting pieces will be auctioned off for a UNICEF building project, bringing education to 150 villages in China. (WWD)

M.A.C’s Rodarte controversy
Rodarte and M.A.C collaborated on a makeup line that is now the subject of serious criticism. The line was reportedly inspired by an impoverished factory town in Mexico, Juarez, which is sadly known for its high rape and murder rates. “We recognize that the violence against women taking place in Juarez needs to be met with proactive action. We never intended to make light of this serious issue and we are truly sorry,” the Mulleavey sisters of Rodarte recently said. The products, which come out this September, have since had their names changed. (WWD)

Bold brows
Do you want fuller, thicker eyebrows? Maybe you had an overplucking or waxing accident (we all know the hair never fully grows back properly), or maybe you just want to achieve a bold brow look. Well, this new invention is for you: It Cosemtics has just come out with the new Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil, which uses natural hair growth ingredients like nettle, horsetail and green tea extracts to actually help hairs grow back. (Style List)

Next-gen shopping
If window shopping seems like a bore, try the ultra-modern to pretend that you own clothing that you can’t afford—in a video game by Sugar Inc. The retail computer game’s object is to grow an empty store into a huge retailer, and offers merchandise from Diane von Furstenberg, TopShop, Lanvin and Christian Louboutin. Sounds like it could get addictive… (WWD)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

A disappearing Crystal Renn in the now-infamous Passion for Fashion ad. Story by Anne Pringle.

Weight fake
There has been much speculation about Crystal Renn’s possible weight loss circulating on the web, largely due to photos of her wearing the Fashion for Passion charity T-shirt (above), in which she looked very thin. The plus-size model has now revealed that the photos were likely heavily retouched, and that she was shocked when she saw the pictures. She claimed “everybody retouches, but don’t make me into something I’m not.” And that’s why we love her. (NY Mag)

Bananas for Mad Men
Banana Republic is teaming up with AMC’s television series Mad Men for the second year in a row, for the “Mad About Style” campaign. The ads will launch next week, and will feature images of the Emmy-award winning actors with classic looks from the retailer. To learn more about the campaign, check out the video blogs created by Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant and BR creative director Simon Keen on both AMC’s website and BR’s Facebook page. (WWD)

Dorchester design
The Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize has been narrowed down to the semifinalists, by a veteran panel of judges including Giles Deacon, Daphne Guiness and Manolo Blahnik. The semifinalists include promising up-and-coming design talents such as Chau Har Lee, Hermoine de Paula and Thomas Tait. Just how promising are these emerging designers? Blahnik claimed that Tait was able to create “things that I’ve never seen before, so very rare. I loved it.” The winner will be announced in November. (WWD)

Moschino model
Despite the unfortunate (and unnecessary) retouching Crystal Renn experienced, it does seem like curves are coming back—which has been great news for the slightly more curvaceous Victoria’s Secret models, several of whom have been booked for high-fashion runways this season. This includes the gorgeous Alessandra Ambrosio, who recently walked Prada, Giles and Louis Vuitton, and has now landed the Moschino campaign, styled by Anna Dello Russo, the fashion director at Japanese Vogue. (NY Mag)

Hot wheels
Victoria Beckham isn’t the only designer venturing into creation for the auto industry: Diane von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein and Kenneth Cole have collaborated with Mini to create three new car designs for charity. DVF’s design is covered with lips in pinks, reds, oranges and yellows, Calvin Klein’s is (not surprisingly) more minimalistic in charcoal grey, and Kenneth Cole’s convertible design is covered in silver studding, inside and out. (Vogue UK)