"I've always felt, in some ways, like an outsider. But that is the fashion industry," Crystal Renn has said. While it may be hard to believe that someone who has been featured in editorials for nearly every magazine under the sun, shot campaigns for everyone from Chanel to H&M, and counts the likes of Zac Posen and Coco Rocha as close friends could ever feel anything other than one of the gang, it's precisely that down-to-earth attitude that makes Renn so appealing. "I'd love to see [the fashion industry] open their eyes to the variety of women. That variety is what's beautiful," Renn — who has dealt her own much-publicized body transformations and is considered the world's most successful plus-sized model ever — has said. So, in honor of her 26th birthday, here are 26 snaps of Renn doing what Renn does best: looking glam and being herself.
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Editors and photographers at Condé Nast have reportedly been told they're not allowed to work on Carine Roitfeld's new biannual magazine, CR Fashion Book.
According to a few anonymous sources, Condé Nast International chairman Jonathan Newhouse has reminded Mario Testino, Craig McDean, Mert Alas, Marcus Piggot, and others who have exclusive contracts to shoot for Condé Nast titles that they legally can't work for Roitfeld. One source alleges that Newhouse has even gone so far as to strongly discourage other photographers who don't have the same contracts from working with the former Vogue Paris editor.
"Everyone is buzzing about the Condé roadblocks against Carine," one source said. "People love Carine but are more frightened of the Condé Nast machine."
Roitfeld has already culled two editors from the Condé Nast flock. Former Teen Vogue accessories editor Shiona Turini and former Vogue.it contributing fashion and market editor Michaela Dosamantes are both on the CR Fashion Book payroll.
Neither Condé Nast nor Fashion Media LLC, which operates CR Fashion Book — as well as V Magazine and V Man — has commented on the rumors. But Roitfeld said when she announced her new publication's name in April that she didn't want to challenge Vogue's dominance in any way.
"Vogue is a very beautiful magazine, an institution, and I learned so much working there," she said. "You can't put yourself into competition with a magazine like Vogue; you have to create something new, something different."
XOJane's former beauty and health editor Cat Marnell caused a stir when she left the website last week, and she explained the events that led to her departure in a recent interview.
Things had been going well for Marnell until she "just had some personal stuff go down." That included running out of the prescription medications she uses, leaving her phone at the office, and having the Internet in her apartment disconnected. After becoming depressed and going to bed "for a week," Marnell said she knew she was going to get fired for not turning in her weekly quota of posts — so she beat her boss Jane Pratt to the punch and announced that she'd be leaving.
"I've been on a big cocktail of drugs since I was 15, and when those things ran out I couldn't call my psychiatrist because I didn't have my phone. And my body just couldn't get up and go to the office and get the phone and face them, and be like, 'Oh yeah, I haven't done posts,' and have them angry at me, especially when I'd just met with HR. So, I was just like, f*ck it. You know, f*ck this life . . . This was just my way of quitting basically."
Marnell is now working on a book, which she describes as "a memoir about all my pills, and doctor shopping. It's about my days at Condé Nast, which I loved. I worshipped everyone I worked for, and I worked very hard. And it's about being a beauty editor, and about nightlife, and graffiti writers, and getting away with everything in my crazy life. I live in extremes and I believe in doing that, but you do pay a price."
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Two of Los Angeles's favorite style mavens — Melissa Coker of Wren and Clare Vivier — have teamed up to create the perfect Summer-ready tote, now available online. Priced at $350, the fully reversible shopper flaunts the best of both brands' worlds: one side comes in supple, vegetable-tanned leather (à la Vivier's signature clutches and bags), while the other features the cool celestial print showcased in Wren's Spring 2012 collection. In two rich leather hues — cognac and emerald — it's just the thing to capture a little breezy West Coast charm.
Click through to see — and shop — pics from the limited edition collaboration now, as modeled by actress Allison Miller and photographed by Closet Visit's Jeana Sohn.
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Gisele Bundchen was spotted in her native Brazil sporting a slightly bigger stomach than usual. The photos follow rumors that Bundchen is pregnant with her second child, though she hasn't spoken publicly about whether or not the rumors are true. [PopSugar]
- Hermès helped French police bring an end to an international ring of counterfeiters. A dozen people were arrested in the bust, and two Hermès employees have been fired in connection with the ring, but the company believes that more of its staff may have been involved with the counterfeits. [WWD]
- Jil Sander says she's "working less on decoration, more on form — pattern-making and materials, with a lot of dresses in the collection — in a good modern way" for her return to the namesake label she founded in 1968. [The New York Times]
- Just what does it take to be Karl Lagerfeld's creative muse? Alan Grieve — father of Lagerfeld's current muse, Amanda Harlech — describes his daughter's life like this: "She works all day, eats dinner at 3 a.m., when I'm sure she'd like to be in bed, and in between, there are emails and texts and phone calls because he never stops." [The Daily Telegraph]
- Emma Stone covers the July issue of Vogue. "This is what fashion does for people," Stone, who was photographed wearing Dries Van Noten and Nina Ricci, told the magazine. "It makes them feel like it's an extension of themselves." [FabSugar]
- Queen Elizabeth II will name Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or OBE, later this year. Emma Hill, creative director of Mulberry, will be made a Commander of the British Empire, or CBE. [WWD]
- Florence Huntington-Whiteley, sister to model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, has made her own modeling debut for British line Jack Wills. [The Daily Telegraph]
- Schiaparelli has a new CEO in former L'Oréal executive Camilla Schiavone. The long-dormant brand's owner, Diego Della Valle of the Tod's group, plans to relaunch Schiaparelli in February 2013. [Material World]
- Marc Jacobs partnered with the creators of South Park to bring a doll in his own likeness to stores. Muscle Man Marc, a shirtless cloth version of Jacobs that features his tattoos, first appeared on the cartoon as a toy that belonged to the character Cartman. [Refinery29]
Anna Wintour's political influence may be vast, but she's not seeking appointment as a high-ranking diplomat.
Her ability to bundle large sums of money for the politicians she supports may be reward in and of itself. Long before Wintour was billed as one of the top fundraisers for the Obama campaign, she donated money to senatorial runs for Hillary Clinton and Kirsten Gillibrand and to Senator John Kerry's run for president in 2004. Wintour has also lent her influence to efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in New York and to the fashion industry's fight against HIV and AIDS in the early '90s.
"I don't think this is about her interest in politics," said J.Crew's Mickey Drexler, who attended the $40,000-per-plate fundraising dinner Wintour threw for Obama at Sarah Jessica Parker's New York home last week. "I think this is about her interested in taking on something she believes in. And when she takes something on, she does it with a great amount of ferocity."
Some political experts are concerned that being linked to Wintour — and the glamorous people she knows — may tinge Obama's campaign with the same kind of criticism other politicians have garnered.
"It is always a worry: how is this going to play in Peoria?" said Anita McBride, chief of staff to former First Lady Laura Bush and an adviser to three Republican White Houses. "Look at Nancy Reagan. She got vilified for having Betsy Bloomingdale as a friend and for wearing Adolfo."
Based on her earnings of $45 million from May 2011 to May 2012, Gisele Bundchen is on top of Forbes's annual list of the world's highest-paid supermodels for the sixth year in a row. The other nine women on the list made a combined $53 million.
But the entire collection of well-paid catwalkers — which includes a few of Bundchen's sisters in the Victoria's Secret Angel sorority, like Alessandra Ambrosio and Doutzen Kroes — mark a paradigm shift in the way models look today. "The top girls now represent a return to a true representation of beauty, not the odd beauty or a fashion-diverted version of beauty," said DNA Models chairman David Bonnouvrier. (DNA represents Kroes, Ambrosio, and Natalia Vodianova, who is also on the list.)
Bundchen may be the highest-earning supermodel in the world, but she's not yet the richest. That distinction belongs to former Sports Illustrated model Kathy Ireland, whose retail empire sells an estimated $2 billion in products a year. A breakdown of who might be creeping up on Ireland's territory someday, and what they made over the past year, below.
- Gisele Bundchen — $45 million
- Kate Moss — $9.2 million
- Natalia Vodianova — $8.6 million
- Adriana Lima — $7.3 million
- Doutzen Kroes — $6.9 million
- Alessandra Ambrosio — $6.6 million
- Miranda Kerr — $4 million
- Lara Stone — $3.8 million
- Carolyn Murphy — $3.5 million
- Candice Swanepoel — $3.1 million
Photo: Gisele Bundchen in the June/July issue of Vogue Paris, shot by Inez Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.