Style Scoop: Joan Smalls has a ‘Romantic Edge,’ Dolce and Gabbana Ruling This Week, Lululemon Commences CEO Search

By  June 17, 2013

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She’s a muse for H&M’s New Icons range, and now, the world’s top model is blossoming in a floral-friendly campaign for the retailer. Joan Smalls stars in Romantic Edge, a new style book from the brand that contrasts her mostly monochromatic wardrobe with twinkling seasonal hues. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

Wednesday will mark a turning point in the careers of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. On that day, a verdict will be reached in their pending tax evasion case in which the design team has been accused of not paying £355 million in taxes (that’s roughly $557 million). Prosecutors have called that the pair be jailed along with Dolce & Gabbana board member Cristiana Ruella and accountant Luciano Patelli, while defense lawyer Massimo Dinoia has asked for  their acquittal. [Vogue UK]

What will it take to fill Christine Day‘s post at Lululemon? According to a facetious job listing on the company’s website, its next CEO has to “communicate powerfully, often through Sanskrit,” “know the secret to how they got the caramel in the Caramilk bar,” and “have a plan to bring yoga and luon to Mars by 2018.” We can check two of those off—where do we sign up? [Racked]

Checking out at Nordstrom Rack is about to be a breeze. With a plan to roll out 54 more stores by 2014, the discount dealer is set to “elevate the off-price shopping experience” by continuing its on-site tailoring service and equipping stores with iPod point-of-sales devices to “get rid of wait time in the line” and open “up space so we can merchandise the store with more products,” according to Nordstrom rep Colin Johnson. [Racked]

He may rave about Cara Delevingne now, but it turns out that Marc Jacobs wasn’t always impressed with the style star. “I was trying to get her in the show, but it was the show in which everyone was very tall and very long,” Katie Grand said about a Louis Vuitton casting she helped Jacobs with. “I remember Marc looking at me and saying, ‘Why is that dwarf in here?’ and me being devastated.” Though the 5-foot-9 catwalk crusader was inevitably dropped from that show, Jacobs has since made room for Rita Ora‘s BFF. “She has a great energy…,” he later opined to British Vogue. “It’s rare in life that you meet a person who doesn’t care. It sets a good example.” [Vogue UK]

Delevingne isn’t the only model to win over one of fashion’s biggest players. Burberry creative director Christopher Bailey gushed over his brand’s youngest face, Romeo Beckham, praising Victoria Beckham‘s offspring for his style and humility. “Romeo loves fashion, completely loves it. He had a real opinion; he was so involved in what he was wearing,” Bailey said in an interview with the UK’s Sunday Times. “And he was so well mannered and humble—he would never say ‘I don’t like this,’ but he would say ‘Hmm, maybe something else.’” [Grazia Daily]

It may come as a surprise the most loyal of Minkettes that Rebecca Minkoff runs her namesake label with brother Uri Minkoff. For the sister-brother pair, though, their professional union works with ease. “We have complementary skill sets, yet both have competencies in the other’s zones,” Uri told The Fashionista. “This allows for freedom to work, yet a great supporting structure.” [Fashionista]

Condé Nast is welcoming an old colleague back home. Connie Anne Phillips, formerly of InStyle, has been named Glamour‘s new vice president of publishing. “This is a homecoming for me—I’m elated to reconnect with my friends and talented colleagues at Condé Nast, one of the most influential media companies in the world,” said Phillips, who worked at Vogue for 14 years before heading to Time Inc. [AdAge]