Your morning fashion and beauty report: 'Glee' stars shed some clothes for GQ; the verdict? Not a good fashion choice.
Lea Michele, Dianna Agron and Cory Monteith shed their wholesome "Glee" personas -- and, in the case of the women, some clothes -- for a GQ photo spread that is roiling commentators, with critics as diverse as Katie Couric and Entertainment Weekly. It wasn't Hustler-style nudity -- more like playing dress-up in a kind of a riff on the sexy schoolgirl (think micro minis, pink high heels, bikini crotch shots). But the gist of the criticism is: We love the high school characters they play and don't want to see them looking as gown up as the twentysomething actors they really are. And the main question is, when your show is a major hit and doesn't need extra publicity, and when Lea and Dianna look so stunning fully clothed on red carpets all over town, why is there a need to take off clothes? Not to mention how sexist it is when Cory keeps all his clothes on. [Los Angeles Times]
Fashion director Anna Dello Russo, editor at large for Vogue Nippon, has two apartments in Milan: one to live in and one to house her wardrobe. Well, when you have 4,000 pairs of shoes and 250 black tuxedo jackets, you do need a place to keep them. My question: Is this fashion, or is this hoarding? [W Magazine]
Kim Kardashian bleeds for fashion. She posted a picture on her blog of the damage done when one Christian Louboutin shoe, covered in spikes, came in contact with her foot and punctured the skin. Ow! The heels were a gift from her sisters for her recent 30th birthday. [People]
Los Angeles style blog Mondette is taking the city neighborhood by neighborhood. First launched around Blackburn and Sweetzer, the enterprise has been expanding and just started new blogs covering Venice (which will include posts from Santa Monica and Malibu) and Silver Lake (which will venture to downtown L.A., Los Feliz and Echo Park).
Levi's is launching a Pendleton line, scheduled to hit stores in November. Remember when the jeans maker partnered with Brooks Brothers? It just seemed to me to be regular jeans, sold in BB stores -- in other words, nothing special. [WWD] (Subscription required.)
"Building a tutu is one of the lost couture arts," Rodarte's Laura Mulleavy tells British Vogue in an interview. Rodarte, the hot and getting hotter L.A. label designed by Laura and sister Kate, designed the costumes for the upcoming film "Black Swan" after star Natalie Portman introduced them to director Darren Aronofsky. [Vogue UK]
Getting ready for the Victoria's Secret fashion show is no piece of cake. Model Adrianna Lima says that for weeks beforehand she eats almost no carbs and works out for two hours a day to be in top lingerie-modeling shape. [The Cut]
-- Susan Denley
Photo: Dianna Agron, Cory Monteith, Lea Michele on GQ's November cover. Credit: Terry Richardson / GQ