• First Lady Michelle Obama, avid supporter of new, young design talent, wore a dress by Korean designer Doo Ri Chung to the State Dinner honoring South Korea. The gown, modified for modesty (the original has a thigh-high slit) is from the designer’s Spring 2012 collection. (The Cut)
• Mario Boselli, head of the Italian Bureau of Fashion (Camera Nazionale della Moda), writes a letter explaining the 2012 Milan Fashion Week debacle: “The documentation relating to the dates of Milano Moda Donna September 2012 was examined by our Board of Directors and by the Designers’ Roundtable and it was demonstrated that no agreement had been made with the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the British Fashion Council about the years 2012-2013-2014 and, in any case, the postponement of the September 2012 dates by a week had never been at issue. Only the extension of the London Fashion Week from 4 to 5 days had been dealt with (see the Press Release dated September 16th 2008 sent by the British Fashion Council and agreed upon by everybody)… The Chambre Syndicale in Paris had followed a similar course by indicating the dates of the Paris shows in sequence with those of Milan. As a result, we must rebut the accusation leveled at CNMI by New York and London of not having complied with the agreement. Such an accusation, besides showing an arrogant and aggressive attitude towards Milan, was supported by unfair arguments aimed at—unilaterally—imposing decisions that had not been agreed upon.” Arrogant and aggressive! This coming from the man who said “let the best one win?” Okay, girl! (Racked)
• Remember that fabulous maharaj necklace featured at the L.A.M.B. Spring 2012 presentation? Looks like you might be able to add it to your collection! Word is, all the jewelry was made in collaboration with nOir jewelry. Get excited! The pieces will be available this spring! (nitro:licious)
• Lanvin takes us backstage for their Spring 2012 show. According to the press release, “We pierce into the intimate universe of the backstage, a tense atmosphere hangs in the air, as the dress rehearsal takes place behind closed doors.” Intense. (Lanvin)
•Speaking of videos, Beyonce has finally released the full viddy for “Love on Top.” Watch her work those Isabel Marant sneakers! (Necole Bitchie).