Every Friday we round up the best style stories and fashion gossip on the web. Let’s get to it! There’s been a major shake-up in the world of
America’s Next Top Model: After 18 seasons, Tyra Banks has axed stars Jay Manuel, Nigel Barker and Miss Jay. Things aren’t looking good for the reality series: Not only are ratings way down, but rumours continue to swirl that appearing on a cycle is
bad for contestants’ careers. Plus,
ANTM’s fashion lexicon—pot ledom, smize, fiercely real, booty tooch—is painfully grating. Do you think it’s time for
America’s Next Top Model to be put out of its misery? [
Page Six] Sad news for Toronto fashion fans:
The Toronto Standard reports that the Fashion Collective—a creative production and management group that represents emerging Canadian design talent—have disbanded. The Collective was responsible for putting Juma, Chloé Comme Parris and Label on the runway, not to mention bringing Rad Hourani back to Canada. [
Toronto Standard] Betsey Johnson has landed a new gig: reality TV star! She’s set to appear in
Betsey + Lulu, which will follow her day-to-day life in Manhattan. Johnson is famously eccentric: last year, her assistant Stephanie Wagenman
dished to Daily Front Row that the designer drinks champagne out of coffee mugs, doesn’t know how to make a cell phone call, and calls her office “Pink Tank Think Tank.” We think it will make for compelling TV. [
Racked] Speaking of must-see TV: Karl Lagerfeld has been booked to give live commentary on French TV during Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebration. We can’t wait. Does anyone remember when he said the royal wedding was
full of “short skirts on fat legs” and “ugly hats?” [
Fashionista] Donatella Versace is a fan of the Dowager Countess. “If I am on my own, I might watch some TV,” she told
Harper’s Bazaar. “…Recently I watched
The Help, The Ides of March, and
Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy. I’m also a big fan of
Downton Abbey.” How amazing would it be to watch
Downton with Donatella? [
Harper’s Bazaar]