When organizer Susan Michals first told us about her plans for the upcoming CatConLA, she hinted that celebri-cats like Lil Bub and Pudge would be joined by some famous humans -- though at the time she wasn’t at liberty to identify them.
The cat is now officially out of the bag with today’s announcement that two-legged actors Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”) are scheduled to participate in the two-day feline-focused event June 6 and 7.
According to today’s announcement -- which included the full event schedule -- Bialik (who is appearing on behalf of PetSmart Charities) will introduce a Saturday morning (June 6) lecture titled: “Goodbye Dowdy, Hello Gorgeous! Debunking the Cat Lady Myth,” and discuss why she is working with PetSmart Charities to change stereotypes of cat people. Later that same day she’ll also be holding a special meet-and-greet.
On Sunday afternoon (June 7), McBrayer, who currently appears opposite Triumph the Insult Comic Dog on Adult...Read more
Model and television personality Janice Dickinson filed suit against comedian Bill Cosby on Wednesday, contending that he defamed her and inflicted emotional distress when his team said she lied when she accused him of having drugged and raped her. Dickinson is among a number of women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault; three other women have also sued him for defamation. No criminal charges have been filed. [People]
Designer Marc Jacobs and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton were honored at the 67th annual Parsons Fashion Benefit on Tuesday night. The event reportedly raised more than $1.7 million for student scholarships at the New York school. [WWD]
Target announced it plans to collaborate on a capsule collection with jewelry designer Eddie Borgo. It's set to launch July 12. [The Cut]
In the new music video for Nicki Minaj's "Feeling Myself," Beyonce wears a pair of limited edition boots that are part of Pharrell Williams' sneaker collaboration Bee Line + Timberland for Billionaire...Read more
Salma Hayek is the unofficial queen of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, WWD says, working tirelessly to bring women's issues to the fore. [WWD]
Stars including Emily Blunt reacted to a report that women who weren't wearing high heels were turned away from a film screening at Cannes, but festival director Thierry Fremaux took to Twitter to say the rumors of a ban on flats were "unfounded." [Los Angeles Times]
Rob Lowe worked for six years to develop his new men's skin care line, Profile, which is set to debut online this week and at Nordstrom this fall. [WWD]
Lucky magazine is cutting back to quarterly publication as of this month, and a revamped, more upscale format is set to roll out in September. [The Cut]
Los Angeles Dodger Yasiel Puig makes his fashion ad debut Wednesday in the "Jackets Required" campaign for the Iconix Brand Group’s Starter division. [WWD]
Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley now has an exclusive collection of tees, leggings, tanks and other athleisure wear on Net-a-Porter,...Read more
With the final gavel coming down on the online charity auction, the amount raised at this year's John Varvatos Stuart House benefit has topped a cool million dollars for the second consecutive year.
This year's event, hosted by honorary chair Chris Pine and featuring a musical performance by Ziggy Marley, was the 12th that the menswear designer organized to raise funds for the UCLA Rape Treatment Center’s program for sexually abused children. It brought in a total of $1.135 million.
According to Varvatos representatives, the five top-performing auction items included a studio visit with Howard Stern during a show taping; back-to-back KISS concerts and a flight with the band on its personal jet; a private meet-and-greet with Rush and tickets to its Irvine 40th anniversary tour show; a three-night-stay in the private Maui residence of Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler; and a private meet-and-greet with Eddie Van Halen at a fall 2015 North American Van Halen show.
Chrysler and Hasbro were the presenting...Read more
Beloved L.A. brands FreeCity and dosa have been tapped by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to create the fifth edition of the Wear LACMA collection of fashion and accessories inspired by the museum’s permanent collection.
Both brands celebrate the handmade and share a socially responsible outlook.
Equal parts artists collective and hippie chic lifestyle brand, FreeCity was created in 2005 by Nina Garduno and is known for hoodies, sweatpants and T-shirts hand-printed in her L.A. studio with feel-good words and symbols, such as “life, nature, love.” One of Garduno’s ongoing projects is a line of T-shirts with the slogan “Artists Wanted” with sales that support national and local creative projects.
Working with artisan partners in India, Burma, Oaxaca and other places, Christina Kim established dosa in 1984 to keep ancient textile traditions alive in modern garments and housewares, many of which are produced in her L.A. factory using recycled or repurposed materials.
The designers...Read more
Calvin Klein and the Independent Filmmker Project threw a party in Cannes on Monday night celebrating Women in Film. This year's honorees were actresses Emily Blunt, Rachel Weisz, Isabelle Huppert, Mélanie Laurent and Sienna Miller. [WWD]
The fashion-far-out Jaden Smith wore a white Batman-inspired body suit and cape to prom. [People]
Designer Peter Pilotto won the inaugural Swarovski Collective Prize for innovation. [WWD]
This year's J. Crew and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund collaboration is out -- available on pre-order -- and it includes sandals, sweaters, a poncho, earrings and more from fashion fund winner Paul Andrew and runners-up Ryan Roche and Eva Fehren. [Vogue]
Ascena Retail Group -- which owns Lane Bryant and Dressbarn -- is to acquire Ann Taylor parent Ann Inc. for $2.16 billion. [USA Today]