• The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Rihanna Responds to TLC’s Comments About Nudity, Melissa McCarthy is Really Making a Plus-Sized Line, and 50 Cent Spoofs Maleficent

    • Rihanna is a walking testament to “Y’all gon’ learn today!” Every time someone looks to disrespect or discredit her, whether they are a fellow artist or just a random person on Instagram, she has the most succinct and shadiest of retorts. In the latest episode: Rih takes on TLC who attacked her because of her recent spat of nudity. In response to Chilli saying “We became the biggest girl selling group of all time with our clothes on and that says a lot,” Rihanna posted photos of the group topless on Twitter. Your move, TLC. (Page Six)


    • If you ascribe to the cult of J. Crew, there’s news from on high. Well sorta. In continuing conversations about an impending sale of J. Crew, people are starting to talk about the CEO of the company. Currently occupied by retail wunderkind Mickey Drexler, who is widely credited with the current success of the brand, many suspect the position will go to Jenna Lyons, another prominent face in the company. Others believe that Drexler will mold and craft his own successor. “I can’t speculate on that. We’re a team that’s been together. The only reason we did this is because of the team. The team got us here. The team will get us to where we’re going. But I think everyone has to think about a succession plan. And I think about that, too,” said Drexler about the situation.(WWD)


    • What’s the best way to ensure that a celebrity/designer collaboration will go well? Take a celebrity whose endorsement caused the brand record sales and ask them to design a few things for that brand. At least that’s what Westward Leaning has decided to do. So for their latest, the eyewear brand has asked Olivia Palermo to design eight styles of sunglasses at $210 a pop. Would you buy a pair? (Fashionista)


    • If you’re plus-sized and you’re not happy about the designer options you have, you have a friend in Melissa McCarthy; she understands where you’re coming from. “When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed,” she said. “Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers—very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people—and they all said no.” Well, those offerings are about to get a little more robust as Melissa herself is coming out with a clothing line. Are you interested to see her take? (Glamour)
    • Have you gotten a chance to see Angelina Jolie donning horns for her new Maleficent movie? Well, 50 cent has, and wanted to try a pair on for size. On Jimmy Kimmel Live, the “Get Rich or Die Trying” rapper released a spoof trailer for Malefiftycent. Not quite sure I’d be rushing to see this one when it hits theaters. (Jimmy Kimmel Live’s Youtube)