• Keri Hilson is stepping back into the fold of public consciousness, inking a contract with Wilhelmina Models. Hilson’s people say, ”The Wilhelmina team will explore and develop fashion and beauty endorsement, editorial and licensing opportunities for the 5’9” chart-topping beauty, who is currently recording her third studio album.” In essence, expect to see a lot more of Miss Keri’s mug.
• Oh wait, there’s more! It appears Chris Brown is also looking to expand his brand, as he too has signed with Wilhelmina Models. Brown may be a controversial choice given the general public’s distaste of him, but that will not slow the singer down. It helps that Wilhelmina is more than satisfied with its decision to take on the troubled artist. “Chris Brown is a…multifaceted artist with a unique take on style,” Wilhelmina Men director Taylor Henrich told WWD, and “we are excited to translate and extend his brand.” (WWD)
• Moda’Operandi is coming for
my our wallets hard, starting this holiday season. Today, the luxury designer trunkshow e-tailer will add an in-season shop to their website. This means, instead of waiting five months for your Marc by Marc Jacobs spring 2013 bag to get produced(!), you can buy items and have them immediately shipped to you. Moda’Operandi’s stchick was the ” buy straight-off-the-runway” appeal, but according to CEO Aslaug Magnúsdóttir, it was time for the site to expand: “We want to better serve our current customers and reach a new customer base. We’ve been able to establish a name in various pockets of the world and we want to take advantage of our positioning and build our market share quickly.” The e-tailer will ease into the new format this month, with seven themed “gift shops,” and will start selling resort pieces from 50 luxury brands in December. Between this and the pop-up store they’re opening in Brazil, Moda’Operandi is making some serious moves these days! My credit card is bracing itself for the impending (super chic) thrashing it’s about to receive. (WWD)
• The folks at Louis Vuitton spent two years developing a stationery line, and it’s finally here. The French luxury brand will now sell too-expensive fountain pens, vials of ink and more for the person who likes to feel fancy when they decide to write the grocery list on paper for once. Prices range from $44.50 to $2,200 for an alligator leather fountain pen. (WWD)
• The Feds just busted another Counterfeit operation. Customs and Borders officers seized 537 large boxes of knockoff Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, and Gucci “leather” goods that would have been worth $20 million, were they produced by the actual brands. (WWD)
• Have fun waiting in those lines, kids. The hotly anticipated Margiela at H&M collaboration drops today. (Vogue UK)