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Quickies: Hedi Slimane to shoot full time? Plus Vivienne Westwood's album, Michael Phelps' personal style and more


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Stab-us-in-the-heart rumors are swirling that Hedi Slimane may be signing with the Art + Commerce agency, which already represents photographers such as Craig McDean, Steven Meisel, and Solve Sundsbo. We love Slimane's photography, but we love his styling more, so let's hope this doesn't mean he's making a firm move to the former as his career of choice. [Fashionologie]

It's always fun to see what Vivienne Westwood sends down the runway, and the same goes for what will be on her new album! Though she's not recording her own tracks, she did conceptualize and curate a compilation album of songs, titled Catwalk Breakdown, that inspire her as a fashion designer. But is there a song that sheds light on why she used that ogre of a gypsy model at the men's shows? [British Vogue]

After donating his $1 million Speedo chech to his charity, Michael Phelps fielded some questions about his own personal style. He wears "jeans, polos, button-downs, nothing too fancy." Wow, shocker. Interestingly though, he cites D&G as a favorite designer and he uses Kiehl's lotion. Try and fool us all you want, Mr. Phelps, but I see the inner fashionista through that frat-boy veneer. [The Cut] via [WWD]

Gawker poses the are-you-kidding question of the month: Has ELLE, a fashion magazine, gotten too gay? Fashion?! Gay?! Never... (Full disclosure: they pay my bills, too.) [Gawker]

When the economy takes a hit, fashion usually does too, with safer looks and more traditional styles. But there are still a few labels out there who can keep the fashion avant-garde on their game this Fall. [NYT]

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