Today’s Fashion Headlines. December 6, 2011

December 6, 2011 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

Fashion blogger severely injured in plane accident, Valentino's party sure to be a blast, Lanvin sets up the Christmas tree and holiday sales still looking bleak

Lauren Scruggs Severely Injured in Plane Accident

Lauren Scruggs, a fashion model and blogger who had worked in the wardrobe department of Gossip Girl, lost her left hand and suffered severe facial injuries after she accidentally walked into a spinning airplane propeller in Texas on Saturday. Scruggs, 23, who runs the fashion blog LOLO, was climbing out of a two-seater plane at a private airport in McKinney, Texas when the accident happened, according to Fox 4 News in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Scruggs had been flying around the state to look at Christmas lights. Her hand was later amputated by surgeons and the FAA is investigating the accident, according to Fox 4 News. She also sustained severe head and shoulder injuries during the mishap, according to a family spokesperson who posted on the website Caring Bridge.

Valentino’s Star-Studded Party

It seems that Valentino will celebrate the launch of his virtual museum tomorrow night at the IAC headquarters with major headline friends. So far, this includes Anne Hathaway and fiancé Adam Shulman, Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy, Carolina Herrera, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick and Tamara Mellon. And these are just the people that are confirmed to show!

Lanvin Starts Christmas Early

Alber Elbaz held court at Claridge’s hotel in London on Monday night, unveiling the Christmas tree he designed for the hotel. Lanvin’s artistic director trimmed it with glittering baubles, reindeer, and miniature blue Lanvin boxes tied with navy ribbons.

“The first thing I wanted to do is not change too much of the tree, I wanted to keep that tradition. Because I think that is the best thing about holidays…is that they don’t change,” Elbaz said. “It’s a very democratic moment. The maid and the concierge, are dancing, sitting having fun with all the guests of Claridge’s.”

Retailers Still Scared for the Season

Retailers have sobered up after the promotional bacchanalia that drew record business on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. They’re still anticipating a good Christmas season, with sales forecasts generally from 2 to 6 percent ahead, and beginning this week they expect consumers to focus on gifts and shop less for themselves after last month’s indulgences. But confidence levels among retailers have slipped and it’s not just due to the post-Thanksgiving lull that sets in every year until the final two weeks before Christmas. November sales results, reported Thursday by major retailers, fell short overall. And the last-minute rush for gifts is expected to be really last minute this year, as shoppers anticipate another avalanche of price cutting starting around Saturday, Dec. 17, otherwise known as Super Saturday.

“While bargains may be the force behind consumers’ moves this year, shoppers don’t seem as willing to break a sweat as in the past,” said Britt Beemer, chief executive officer of America’s Research Group. “American consumers are either at home wrapping their gifts or laying in the weeds ready to pounce on last-minute deals. There’s virtually no in-between.” The hype of what went on post Thanksgiving sucked some momentum out of the stores,” said one department store executive, who requested anonymity. “But when you add what’s being done online to the store business, together, it’s not so bad. I’m not saying there is more uncertainty, but we’ll see what happens.”
– Taneisha Jordan
Source: NY Post; WWD
Photo: WWD
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