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If a Calvin Klein ad isn’t banned, does anybody see it? That age-old marketing adage was trotted out in Australia, where Lara Stone’s newest jeans ad for the label has been deemed uncouth by the Advertising Standards Bureau. [NY Mag]

Anna Dello Russo’s eponymous fragrance is set to launch on Yoox.com in December, but we’re more titillated by the possibility of finding her on iTunes. “I want to do a record next,” she told WWD. “Everyone expects me to do a clothes line. It’s too obvious. I want to do the opposite.” Lady Gaga, watch your back. [WWD]

Another pop-up shop in Building Fashion’s sub-High Line space opened last night (we covered an earlier tenant), featuring Richard Chai’s men’s and womenswear. On ice, as it were. [The Moment]

Lindsay Lohan is due in court today—on charges of drug-related probation violation. How many days of reckoning can one person have? [NY Daily News]


Things ain’t what they used to be. That was the sartorial judgment of no less than Calvin Klein (with Nicholas Gruber, left), who hit the Hamptons this weekend for the 17th annual Watermill Summer Benefit. Klein built his business on the lesser-dressed gentleman and -woman (remember the Weber campaigns of the early nineties?), but for formal affairs, the rules still hold. “It’s less dressy,” he said of this year’s party; he himself was in a jacket (which he carried), a white shirt and jeans. “I mean, there was a time when people really dressed up for this event. Now, maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the humidity, but it’s much more casual. You would never have seen men walking around in shorts here. I think it’s inappropriate, actually. We’re all sweating. That’s what happens; you have to sweat sometimes.”

Alec Baldwin, for one, was on board. He looked appropriately overheated in a seersucker jacket. And then, at the other extreme, was Rufus Wainwright. He did a jazzy rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to drive up bids on a pair of concert tickets—in flip-flops.

CALVIN KLEIN’s creative director Francisco Costa has suggested the era of the waif maybe officially over.

“Calvin Klein originally started the whole waif moment and not much has been done since then,” he told us. “My clothes look better on a more diverse casting – to represent the women who actually buy them. They can be 35 or 25 but they need to be worn on intelligent, experienced women. [Our decision to use older models] was very natural. We have succeeded so far and we hope to continue with that.”

Calvin Klein has a range of different muses from Diane Kruger to Zoe Saldana but Costa seems most proud of his Lara Stone discovery.

“Lara was our exclusive four years ago,” Costa said. “We’ve never had someone who really represented our houses and all our licensees in the same way. She is very current, very beautiful and very womanly. It’s time for that persona and for that body. She’s divine, gorgeous and we will support her in that.”

Berlin fashion week is now in full swing, and Calvin Klein threw a fashion show and epic party to celebrate the occasion. (A few Teutons can be forgiven for being distracted by the Germany/Spain World Cup game, which the brand screened at the fête.) As you’d expect, plenty of house favorites, like newly signed face of Calvin Klein Underwear, Zoe Saldana, and Diane Kruger, who wore Calvin Klein Collection to the Met ball this year, were on hand. The dress code? All Calvin, of course. Saldana wore a pale green cutout CKC dress with the platform, contrast-heel pumps Francisco Costa showed for Resort. Kruger, on the other hand, went even more classic-Calvin minimal in a sleeveless white mini-shift and towering, lug-soled platform sandals. So who wore it best? Do you like Zoe’s edgier, of-the-moment look, or do you prefer Diane’s pared-down, old-school chic?