The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Why Designers Aren’t Excited About Ann Romney, Nanette Lepore Designs for NYC Ballet, and Samuel L. Jackson is A Hat Designer Now

Ann Romney has been making appearances on the campaign trail wearing pieces by designers–Diane von Furstenberg, for example–who are staunch Obama supporters. Fox News’s ‘Pop Tarts’ blog writer pointed out that while Thom Browne proudly tweeted when Michelle Obama wore one of his dresses to Monday’s night’s debate, Furstenberg was silent about Mrs. Romney’s patronage. Pop Tarts theorizes Anna Wintour is to blame for the shade: “Many [are] questioning whether or not outspoken Obama supporter Wintour is keeping stylists and designers away, silently threatening their standing should they endeavor to promote their outfitting of the wife of a Republican presidential hopeful.” Hmm… maybe! But while these high-end designers might not feature Mittens’s wife, it seems Ann has a friend in Isaac Mizrahi. The designer told Hollywood Life: “I would love to see Ann Romney in more of my clothes, I’m just going to be bold face and say that.” (Hollywood Life)

• Mario Testino says nobody wanted to cast Gisele Bundchen during her early career. Say whaa–? “Nobody liked her, nobody wanted her,” he told The Observer“I had to fight to get her into my stories because nobody thought she was right—too this, too that, the nose, the breasts, the waist. But I believe in being obsessed, in getting obsessed.” (Fashion Etc.)

• To coincide with the release of Abram’s book about Vogue editors’s influence on American fashion, HBO will air a documentary bearing the same name. WWD says, ” the new documentary, like the book, profiles several of Vogue’s fashion editors going back to the likes of Babs Simpson and Polly Mellen.” Sounds interesting! Are you going to watch? (WWD)

Nanette Lepore has joined the ranks of Valentino Garavani as the latest designer to create costumes for the New York City Ballet. The designer has crafted costumes for the Ballet’s performance of “Picnic,” which debuts tonight. (WWD)

Harrods‘s holiday window will feature Disney Princesses outfitted in gowns specially designed by some of fashion’s biggest talents. Designers like Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, and Jenny Packham have all designed frothy frocks for the likes of Snow White, Belle, Rapunzel, and more. The windows will be unveiled at Harrods’ Knightsbridge store come November 1st. (Vogue UK)

Agent Provocateur is launching its first diffusion line, L’Agent. Designed with the help of Penelope and her sister, Monica Cruz, the line boasts of 15 style sets of 7 or 8 pieces including thongs, bras, panties, and corsets. The Cruz sisters will collaborate on this new label for at least 5 years after L’Agent makes its August 1, 2013 debut. Prices are affordable, hovering around $64. Think you’ll be buying? (WWD)

• Samuel L. Jackson has temed up with Kangol on a limited edition golf hat range. Yup, even he’s a designer. (WWD)


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