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Chloe Dao chooses new designers to sell alongside her at Lot 8

Earlier this month, Chloe Dao hosted an open casting call for designers to submit their sketches and samples. The winners will sell their clothes or accessories alongside Dao’s own clothes at her Houston store, Lot 8, in Rice Village.

Dao’s just made her choice, and next Friday, February 4, she’ll reveal the winners at a cocktail party at her boutique. If you’re in the area from 7pm-9pm, pop in for a drink and a first look at the lucky new designers, and Dao’s own Spring 2011 collection.

When you go: LOT 8 is located in Rice Village, at 6127 Kirby, Houston, TX, 77005. Phone: 713.807.1565


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Inspiration for the moment: Altamira: Models Off Duty

I’m recovering from my fashion funk, but still need gobs of inspiration if I want to sort out my wardrobe a little better. One of my favorite sites for new ideas in terms of styling is Altamira: Models Off Duty. It’s not a new blog, but it satisfies my desire to listlessly scroll through big, clear shots of models dressed up and down (several posts feature one model and at least 2 shots of her, caught on different days and in different outfits.)

Of course I’m not 5’11 or have Slavic bone structure, but if I could dress like Constance Jablonski everyday, I’d be happy. Actually, I think I have almost those exact pieces in my closet…

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Kate Moss, the chanteuse

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Forget speaking Kate Moss, now we’ll get a singing Kate Moss. She sometimes joined now ex-boyfriend Pete Doherty on stage, and even posted this simple little diddly on YouTube, but now Kate Moss is making her singing voice official. The Daily Mail and have reported that Kate Moss is going to record her first solo album.

Current boyfriend and Kills guitarist Jamie Hince is said to have spilled the beans on Kate’s forthcoming album of “edgy urban songs,” no doubt sung in her accent-ridden whisper. I might actually buy this CD, the first in a while. Can you imagine how great the photo shoot fold-outs are going to be?

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How much do models get paid?

You’ve put up with my snobbish disappointment when my favorite runway girls start appearing in Victoria’s Secret catalogs (yet I love when Siri’s the J.Crew cover girl), and now you can laugh in my face about it. I knew those girls “sold out” because of the money — and really, is being a Victoria’s Secret Angel really such a bad gig? — but I didn’t know how unbalanced the pay was on the other end. Did you know Vogue only pays about $250, probably per hour, while J.Crew pays $15,000, most likely for the whole job?

Fashionista uncovered the basic pay rates by media and companies like French Vogue, H&M and Laird and Partners (the brand who probably booked the A-list group for Gap at left), and it’s quite a startling — and informative — report.

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Want to know what it’s like to work with Kate?

Garance’s “secret” project she kept hinting at on her blog turns out to have been filming Kate Moss for the new David Yurman ads, and assisting Peter Lindbergh.

In her post, Garance admits she was mostly immune to the Kate obsession, though respectfully appreciated her iconic look and ability to inspire designers, stylists and girls on the street. But what happened after working (and dining, drinking and joking) with Kate at a St. Barts villa? Garance fell for her, and perfectly sums up what makes Kate — and her photographs — so seductive.

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What do Coco Rocha and Naomi Campbell have in common?

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All that traveling, and only a passing knowledge of world geography, apparently.

Naomi — who started modeling at 15 — testified in front of a war crimes tribunal that she’d never heard of Liberia when she attended a 1997 dinner party (and unknowingly accepted blood diamonds) there.

And smart little Coco on whom we’ve come to depend for her rational perspective on the modeling industry, told the Huffington Post that she’d never heard of Corsica when her fiance James suggested it for their honeymoon. (via Fashionologie)

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Doutzen shoots for Tiffany’s

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Here’s more campaign news: Doutzen Kroes is shooting ads (and a commercial?) for Tiffany & Co. in New York.

She’s wearing a coat and standing in artificial snow (there’s also a little fir or Christmas tree in the background), so I’m assuming this will be a Christmastime ad, to coincide with Natalie Portman’s Dior commercials?

Oh, the holidays!

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