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Alaïa Is Designing for Mariah Carey; Who What Wear Expands

Azzedine Alaïa and Mariah Carey.
Azzedine Alaïa and Mariah Carey. Photo: Trago/FilmMagic

• Azzedine Alaïa is designing outfits for Mariah Carey to wear at “upcoming events.” Oh, this sounds good. [Vogue.it]

• Fashion blog Who What Wear is growing, and they’ve already hired a fashion and a beauty director — the first of 25 hires slated for the next eight months. [WWD]

• Here’s Rihanna’s second capsule collection for Armani. [Fashionista]

• After completing a spring video series for the brand, cinéaste James Franco will direct, film, and photograph Seven for All Mankind’s fall campaign. [WWD]

• Tyra Banks and Drake went to Disneyland on what might have been a date, because that’s where the kids are hanging out these days. [Global Grind]

• In other couple news, Alexa Chung is rumored to be dating the Strokes’ guitarist, Albert Hammond Jr. What is this, 2002? (1992, if they end up at Disneyland.) [NYP]

• Nicholas Kirkwood on his design technique: “Literally a pad of paper, a big cup of tea and a cigarette. I’ll just start doodling — really trying to create shapes and then they kind of evolve until you create something that you find interesting and want to incorporate into the collection.” And hopefully into something Kate Middleton wants to wear. No, we won’t stop. [Fashionista]

• Nicki Minaj is in a Pepsi commercial, along with Betsey Johnson, who makes a cameo. [Styleite]

• The New York Times is starting a new street-style video series, featuring one New Yorker every other Tuesday. [NYT]

• Two former Fashion Star competitors who were sent home in the show’s first and third episodes have teamed up to launch a line of knit blouses. Turns out there is life after Fashion Star, after all. [WWD]

• Nicole Farhi has named François Steiner interim chief executive, following the departure of Niki Scordi, who stepped down from her post last week. [WWD]

• Prabal Gurung on seeing Jennifer Lawrence in his designs for her Hunger Games tour: “She’s kind of the girl who I design for. She’s young, beautiful, and she makes smart choices about films … The only hard part was me wondering ‘Is she really going to wear it?’” When she did, “It made me look like a really, really cool uncle to my 5-year-old niece!” [InStyle]

• Former Ann Taylor president Christine Beauchamp and former Gap and J.Crew executive Tracy Gardner will teach at NYU this fall as part of the Guess professorship at Gallatin. [WWD]

Alaïa and Mariah Carey; Who What Wear Expands