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[Updated] Fashion News: 'Get back on board,' Costa Concordia T-shirt screams

January 20, 2012 |  9:12 am

Costa Concordia
Whenever there is a disaster, T-shirts soon follow. Italians apparently are scooping up one that lambastes Francesco Schettino, captain of the sunken Costa Concordia cruise ship, with the very words Coast Guard official Gregorio De Falco screamed at him when he abandoned the faltering craft: “"Get back on board," with an expletive -- in Italian, of course. [Telegraph] 

Lauren Scruggs
E! host Giuliana Rancic tweeted words of support and admiration to fashion blogger and model Lauren Scruggs, above, who is recovering from an accident in early December that cost her an eye and a hand when she walked into a spinning airplane propeller. "You will come out of this stronger with more meaning to your life," said Rancic, who underwent a double mastectomy recently. "Thanks...I believe your sweet words," Scruggs, who  is recovering, tweeted back. [People]

The Paris men's shows began Thursday, with more of the graphic prints, double-breasted coats and bulky jackets like those shown earlier in the week in Milan for fall 2012. [The Cut]

In fact, in Paris Jean Paul Gaultier showed a brick-patterned outfit uncannily similar to one Moschino showed in Milan. [The Cut] [This post  updated at 4:34 p.m. Jan. 20 to correct the misspelling of Moschino as "Moshino."]

Ungaro is faltering. After losing creative director Giles Deacon last year and chief executive Jeffry Aronsson in December, the design house is reportedly telling retailers it won't be able to deliver the spring-summer collection, and it's canceling appointments to show pre-fall. [WWD]

Isaac Merritt Singer was issued a patent for a sewing machine on Aug. 12, 1851. The rest is, of course, history. To celebrate that history, Singer has come out with a new model, the Singer 160 Limited Edition, that combines modern technology (like an automatic threader) with retro style, according to a news release sent out on Thursday. The machine will go on sale on HSN on Thursday. There's also a website where people can share stories about what Singer machines mean to them. That may sound odd, but more than 2,000 people have already shared their reminiscences of grandma and her old treadle model.

A class-action suit filed in San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday against Forever 21 on behalf of one current and four former employees says the retailer owes back wages for doing loss-prevention security checks -- i.e., checking their purses before they went home, to make sure they weren't stealing anything -- off the clock and for denying them meal breaks. [Huffington Post]

The British Fashion Council announced that the winners of its Fashion Forward scholarships are Henry Holland, Louise Gray, Mary Katrantzou and James Long. [Grazia Daily]

Belle Gray,  Lisa Rinna's boutique in Sherman Oaks, has closed. [Racked]


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-- Susan Denley

Top photo: The stricken Costa Concordia has spawned a T-shirt critical of Capt. Francesco Schettino. Credit: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Lower photo: Lauren Scruggs, shown before her accident, received words of encouragement from Giuliana Rancic. Credit: Associated Press  Photos Courtesy Janee Harrell