Kristin Booker • March 16, 2009

FSB Lunch Buzz: Neiman Marcus, Rihanna and a Catwalking Robot

While you contemplate carbs or no carbs for lunch, we’re mulling over what’s new and noteworthy this afternoon:

Good Spokesmodel Gone Bad? Cover Girl is currently conducting a poll of customers to see if Rihanna is still a viable spokeswoman for the brand. Executives fear that consumers’ attitudes toward the singer are less than favorable after her decision to stay with Chris Brown following the alleged assault. (The Cut)

ANTM Casting Meltdown: Auditions for the next cycle of America’s Next Top Model ended in a riot and injuries this past weekend. The casting call for potential models under 5’7 broke out in pandemonium after a fight broke out and a car fire sparked mass hysteria of a bomb scare. If this is how the casting went, think about what will happen when these women actually get on screen! (E! Online)

Need for Markdowns? Neiman Marcus posted a $509.3 million net loss due to writedowns of more than half a billion. The retailer said it would make some adjustments, return merchandise. Wow. (WWD, sub. req)

The Rise of The Fembot Model: Japanese technologists have created a catwalk robot that will be walking the runway at Tokyo fashion week. At only 5’2, something tells me that even Kate Moss isn’t exactly nervous about this. (Telegraph UK)

FSB Quote of the Day: “I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.” – Marlene Dietrich


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