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Winona to model for Marc Jacobs
"Winona Ryder has reportedly been asked to model for Marc Jacobs after wearing a number of the designer's outfits to her recent shoplifting trial. Despite being found guilty of theft and vandalism, she was commended by fashion critics for the clothes she wore to the Los Angeles trial. The actress will now feature in a shoot for Jacobs' spring/summer 2003 advertising campaign." read more

Van Heusen to Buy Calvin Klein for $430 Million
Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. (PVH ) said Tuesday it agreed to buy Calvin Klein Inc., for more than $400 million, in a move to add more designer clothing to its traditional line of dress shirts.Phillips-Van Heusen will pay $400 million in cash and about $30 million in stock, for the 34-year-old New York men's and women's fashion firm known — and sometimes criticized — for risque advertising.

Phillips-Van Heusen said it partnered with private equity firm Apax Partners to help finance the deal.

The terms also include warrants and a financial incentive for designer Calvin Klein himself, based on future sales of the Calvin Klein brand, which championed tight jeans in the disco era and minimalist fashion in the late 1990s. Calvin Klein was put up for sale three years ago by the 60-year-old designer and his partner Barry Schwartz. read more

Model ‘Overdose' a Fotog's Lie, Ex-Beau Says
Last Sunday she was reported to be in a coma, having overdosed on sleeping pills.

Now former model Karen Mulder is said to be alive and well and living outside Paris, and that stories of her near death are a crock of lies.

Mulder's former fiancée and closest friend, Jean Yves Le Fur, who was reported to have found the Dutch beauty comatose and surrounded by sleeping pills on Dec. 8, is saying it never happened. "She didn't try to commit suicide," Le Fur told The Post on Friday. "These are just rumors." Rumors or not, stories circulated that Mulder, 34, had been rushed to the American Hospital in Neuilly after Le Fur had found her passed out on the floor of her apartment. Now he claims the episode was made up by a disgruntled paparazzo. read more

Cosmopolitan and Entertainment Tonight Announce Cosmo's Cover Model Search 2003
Cosmopolitan covers have long been the embodiment of total sexiness, beauty and confidence. They have propelled the careers of countless models and have featured the top actresses in the world. In 2003, one lucky, aspiring model will be able to list herself among the coveted few who have graced the cover of the world's most popular women's magazine.

Cosmopolitan and Entertainment Tonight are pleased to announce the Cosmo Cover Model Search. This unique reader-interactive search will be launched with the January issue and will culminate with the winner gracing the cover of a fall 2003 issue of Cosmopolitan. Supermodels and famous actresses need not apply--only new faces are eligible. Women who are currently modeling are qualified, as long has they haven't yet appeared in a major advertising campaign or on a major magazine cover. Complete contest details will be available online at cosmopolitan. com/modelsearch starting on December 11, 2002.

As Cosmo's exclusive national television partner, Entertainment Tonight, the #1 entertainment news magazine in the world, will chronicle the countdown from start to finish and bring regular updates and behind-the-scene looks at the semifinalists, finalists, fashion shoots, and more. Plus, ET will also be on hand to announce the winner when the model's cover is unveiled at a soiree in New York City in Fall, 2003. read more

Models Behaving Badly
They seem to have it all: fame, cash - and a room in rehab (Katrina Tweedie) ON the face of it, they have it all - wealth, fame and perfect looks - but the glamorous life of a supermodel may not be as enviable as it appears. The apparent suicide attempt by model Karen Mulder this week throws the spotlight once again on a profession blighted by drug addiction, eating disorders, depression and loneliness.

The 34-year-old Dutch supermodel was found slumped on the floor of her £730,000 apartment in Paris after taking an overdose of sleeping pills. She was in a coma for two days and is now out of danger, but the fragile psychological trauma which led to her death wish will be harder to beat.

Yet Karen, who shot to fame in the early Nineties as one of the original supermodels, is far from the first to end up in a sorry state.Since the Seventies, the high-profile status and life of excess enjoyed by models has led to many falling off the frenetic rollercoaster.

Thrown into a seemingly glamorous world of celebrities, wealth and opportunity at a tender age, the surface gilt of the profession often hides the grime. Models spend much of their time shuttling from airport to airport, surrounded by a glossy menagerie of people striving for thinness, beauty and a party.

It is a vacuous world obsessed by the cut of your cheekbones and the clothes on your back. read more


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