THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Happy birthday, Claudia! (Or: Alles Gute Zum Geburtstag…) Story by Anne Pringle.

Model milestone
Supermodel Claudia Schiffer turns 40 today! One of the most recognizable faces in the fashion industry, Schiffer has covered a lot of ground in her career. After being discovered in a Düsseldorf disco at 17, she was chosen by Karl Lagerfeld as the new face for Chanel in the early 90s, and walked the runway for Versace, Jil Sander, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren and Valentino. She has also been the face (and body) of Guess? and Mango, and appeared in ads for Pepsi and Fanta (where she danced with a cartoon Mickey Mouse). She’s also made cameos in over a dozen movies, including Zoolander and Love Actually. (In Style)

New Monique Lhuillier
Monique Lhuillier will reportedly launch three new labels for spring through a licensing deal with Group JS International. For 14 years Lhuillier has been famous for her wedding gowns, and as the creator of a ready-to-wear line. The designer claimed, “After all these years of selling wedding dresses, people wanted me to do the entire wedding party.” She answered the demand with a bridge collection of eveningwear and cocktail dresses called ML Monique Lhiullier as well as two bridesmaid collections, one high-end and one low.  (WWD)

Madonna + Miu Miu
Madonna has a lot on her plate—not only did she and her daughter Lourdes just launch her their line Material Girl (and have to deal with the unfortunate legal issues we told you about yesterday), but she also directed Miu Miu’s fall television ad campaign. Apparently, she requested to do the job—and came out with a fast-paced, colourful video featuring four models with slicked-back hair, bright pastel eyeshadow, and oversized sunglasses. They are sporting nude heels and yellow and purple appliqué dresses (including the one that mistakenly appeared on the cover of several major magazine’s August covers)! (In Style)

AA bankrupt?
American Apparel just can’t seem to catch a break: Rumour has it that the company is close to liquidation and bankruptcy, after the company issued a warning that there is “substantial doubt that the company will be able to continue.” Stock has fallen 70 percent since January—15 percent of which was this week alone, and has racked up losses up to $7 million. I guess those leaked company hiring policies (which included head-to-toe examinations) and discrimination accusations really turned people off the brand. (Toronto Life)