The week's top stories in fashion news.
- Second only to his talent for making cool threads is Karl Lagerfeld's knack for pissing people off. The Chanel designer is being sued by a French association that champions curvy girls dubbed "Belle, Ronde, Sexy et Je M'assume." The offending comment? "No one wants to see curvy women on the catwalk." Well, Karl, maybe nobody wants to see old men with long white ponytails and creepy fingerless gloves, either. (Styleite)
- Gather round, sole brothers. Nicholas Kirkwood, who got his start in the shoe biz by hand-cobbling men's kicks, is opening his first men's pop-up at 109 Mount Street in London. Staying open through January, the all-black interiors of the temporary space were dreamed up by designer Mehrnoosh Khadivi to provide contrast to the bright white women's store. (WWD)
- While plugging his new book, Rock of Fashion, John Varvatos gave an unusually candid interview to Racked.com, in which he discusses his first important rock n' roll moment (listening to the Kinks in his Detroit hometown), the challenges of putting together a book while juggling a full-time job, and the current mood in menswear. "[Men] want to do it a little differently," he says. "I kind of call it a return to elegance, but it's an elegance that's—excuse the expression—a little fucked up." (Racked)
- Line up, boys and girls, for your weekly spoonful of fashion-cum-hip hop goofery. It turns out the Hells Angels are pretty protective of their branding. After spotting biker-inspired pieces in Young Jeezy's collection 8732 Apparel that featured blatant knock offs of the club's logo (Jeezy's version changed a winged biker skull to a winged black face), the club is suing the rapper for "unspecific damages." (Complex)
- Ralph Lauren, who has outfitted the U.S. Olympic team since 2008, caught flack after the London games for producing its uniforms in China. This year, the retailer used factories in no fewer than 16 states to create uniforms for the winter games in Sochi. In addition to the closing ceremony ensemble (which includes a red-striped navy pea coat and what looks like a remarkably generic reindeer sweater), Lauren dreamed up a companion collection of casual "village wear" for the athletes' after-hours activities. Let's just hope there aren't reindeers all over that, too. (LA Times)
—Blair Pfander. Follow her at @blairpfander.