The week's top stories in fashion news.
⋅ Shoe baron Alejandro Ingelmo has launched a capsule collection of high-top sneakers with pop artist Kenny Scharf that have Scharf's signature (and freaky) monster drawings on the ankle (pictured above). Anybody else think these look really similar to those Comme de Garçons' sneakers with the heart face on the heel? (Style.com)
⋅Every so often a blog comes along that reminds us why we love talking about clothes so much. Who has our Michael Bastian cargo pants in a bunch now? The sartorial septuagenarian known only as "Ali." He's a retired father of 18, owns over 80 suits, and is probably more up to date on trends than you are. (What Ali Wore)
⋅ To celebrate 75 monolithic years in the gentlemen's clothing business, Paul Stuart is launching a huge contest that will run throughout the year. For every month left in 2013, the men's style authority will raffle off exciting prizes like "The Ultimate Cultural Experience at Lincoln Center" (12 pairs of tickets to the Lincoln Center Presents series) and a $20,000 wardrobe update. Check out the site for more information and a really interesting history of the brand. (Paul Stuart)
⋅ The makers of Shazam, the song-identifying iPhone app, announced they're currently developing a fashion tracker app that will make finding out what somebody is wearing as simple as snapping a picture of it on your phone. Finally, an excuse for taking creepy, unsolicited pictures of strangers on the street! (Telegraph)
⋅ After just four critically acclaimed but commercially ambiguous seasons with Mugler, Nicola Formichetti is striking out on his own. On Thursday, he announced his new role as artistic director of Diesel. Nothing like a little game of fashion musical chairs to keep us on our toes. Next week: John Galliano joins Yankee Candle. (Fashionista)
—Todd Plummer. Follow him at @toddkingston.