The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Azealia Banks Boycotts Dolce & Gabbana, Rita Ora Confuses Peter Dundas With Emilio Pucci, and Karl Lagerfeld Talks French Politics, Reads French Prime Minister in Spanish Marie Claire

• You can add Azealia Banks to the list of people who are not here for those  controversial “fruit lady” earrings from Dolce & Gabbana‘s Spring 2013 collection. The rapstress took to Twitter (where else?) to express her distaste for the baubles: “Definitely boycotting Dolce & Gabbana,” she tweeted. “Whoever designed that racist a$$ Dolce and Gabbana collection needs a swift kick in the mouth… I really hate when people do corny, racist things and then try to justify it as ‘art’. It’s all just really unnecessary. The clothes in the collection were fine without all the ‘black mammie [sic]’ imagery.” She continued, “@dolcegabbana you should be ashamed of yourselves.” Welp! I guess that’s one front row we won’t see Ms. Banks sitting in! (@AzealiaBanks)

Iris Apfel is teaming up with HSN on a shoe range. The five-piece “Rara Avis” (or “rare bird”) collection features a selection of comfy-looking flats and a pair of kitten heels for your granny. Prices are affordable, ranging from $59.90 – $99.90. (The Cut)

Ruby Jean Wilson, the young lady who opened Marc Jacobs‘s Spring 2013 show, will also be featured in the brand’s campaign. (WWD)

• In Rita Ora‘s world, sneakers always go with dresses, and Emilio Pucci is a still-living curly-haired blond who looks like Peter Dundas. On Friday, Ora tweeted this photo of herself and the famed Italian label’s creative director, with the caption “Pucci girl and Emilio Pucci himself. Thanks love!” Yikes! That’s like calling Hedi Slimane Yves Saint Laurent or Raf Simons Christian Dior! Get your designers straight, young lady! (Fashin)

Adele gave birth to a baby boy on Friday. This is her first child with partner Simon Konecki, who already has a five-year-old with his ex-wife. Congratulations to the couple! (Daily Mail)

Karl Lagerfeld is once again making headlines for his mouth. The designer served as guest editor for Spanish Marie Claire‘s 25th anniversary issue. But it’s not his photography or editing prowess that people are talking about. Apparently, Lagerfeld calls France’s new socialist prime minister François Hollande an imbécile, or idiot, within the pages of the glossy. But Marie Claire Spain’s editor-in-chief, Joana Bonet, says Uncle Karl didn’t mean to call Mr. Hollande such names. “I confirm that the declaration (and the word ‘imbécil’) was taken out of context,” she told WWD. “Karl Lagerfeld was referring to Hollande’s policies, especially those connected with the taxes pertaining to large fortunes.” Since taking office, Hollande has instituted a 75% tax rate on those who make over 1 million euros. Lagerfeld is interviewed in the issues, and is quoted saying, “[Hollande is] disastrous. He wants to punish [the rich] and, of course, they’re leaving (the country). Nobody is investing. Foreigners don’t want to invest any more in France — and this is not working.” He continues, “Besides, France — apart from fashion, jewelry, perfume and wine — is not competitive. Nothing else sells. Who buys French cars? Not me.” But when Lagerfeld was asked this weekend on French television about his comments, the designer did some serious backpeadling: “Of course I never said that! I don’t speak Spanish, I speak a little of Italian but no Spanish,” he said. “I saw him [Hollande] on TV and I found him very fun, spiritual and intelligent… The luxury business is an industry that makes a lot of money and should not be considered like something we should be ashamed off.” (WWD)

Victoria Beckham is flaw-free on the cover of this month’s ELLE France. (Styleite)



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