Brunello Cucinelli Price Porn: $10, 395 at Neiman Marcus

Yes, it’s a great look for those inclined to spend more than $10K on a brunch outfit. 0d82e163a191616f48f8021cdc74ba4cSuede top is $5,285; the boots,  $1945. Tax and a bag not included. Is it me? Or am I just too old to understand spending money this way?

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Don Draper’s Boyhood Whorehouse Is In L.A.

The graphic guys roughed it up a lot and added tenements for depressing effect, but the real Don Draperdrapers-home-angelino-hts drapers-home-real house is a lovely 1877 L.A. Victorian located in Angelino Heights. Zillow estimates the house to be worth  $800,000.

Say It Isn’t So: NYC ‘Housewife’ Sonja Morgan, Sin City Burlesque Queen

If Burlesque wasn’t dead, this would killdish-062413-sonja-morgan-burlesque it. Seems that the Cougar Poster Girl and UES exhibitionist, Sonja Morgan, is planning a racy Las Vegas review starring (who else)…Sonja Morgan. Co-conspirator is Steve Wynn.

“Steve told me I can come out when I want to perform,” she’s quoted as telling the Post. “I would love to take this whole show to Broadway or off-Broadyway.”–Sonja Morgan

Via Bravo blog:

“Las Vegas may never be the same: Sonja Morgan says she’s planning a burlesque act in Sin City.

The Real Housewives of New York star told The New York Post that she is looking to launch a saucy show with the help of her friend, casino mogul Steve Wynn, and his wife, Andrea Hissom.

“Steve told me I can come out when I want to perform,” she’s quoted as telling the Post. “I would love to take this whole show to Broadway or off-Broadyway.”

Sonja gave a preview of what’s to come for a benefit in the Hamptons recently. According to the Post, the act featured 40 backup dancers, white ostrich-feather fans, a feather headdress, as well as a “bustier and tiny underwear.” She also poked fun at her failed marriage to J.P. Morgan heir John Adams Morgan, whom she divorced. (She’s most recently been linked to 23-year-old real estate developer Benjamin Benalloul.)

“Just because I married JPM, you thought this pucker was lined with gold and I’d be left holding the bag, but this bankd is closed,” she’s quoted as saying.

So where does she get inspiration from for her show? The Internet, hip-hop…and the Roaring Twenties! “I look up 1920s words on Wikipedia, then I write them down and make them rhyme,” she told the Post. “I’m like a rapper. I took out my phone and recorded it all in 20 minutes…like, ‘I wanna leave a juice joint at 2 and wake up with a 10, not wake up at 10 with a two.”

The Jazz Singer: Nikki Yanofsky, Age 18

Wow!!!! The Catherine Zeta-Jones looksNikkiYanofsky don’t hurt, either.  She was discovered by Quincy Jones, not an over-hyped TV talent competition. And she does not wrap herself in roast beef for attention.

The Firing of George Zimmer: Men’s Warehouse Customers Don’t Like The Way It Looks

The social media verdict has been swift and certain: George Zimmer is a popular guy. It seems that consumers don’t like the way this looks and are guaranteeing Men’s Warehouse knows about it. Add this to the retail hit parade that includes J. C. Penney’s  disastrous attempt to also “skew younger and hipper”.

Via Yahoo:

“Companies can fire a founder.  But they can’t fire his brand.

That’s the dilemma Men’s Wearhouse is left with after dumping its founder and spokesman, George Zimmer, a decision announced Wednesday. Mr. Zimmer had starred in the suit retailer’s commercials for almost 30 years, guaranteeing men that “you’re going to like the way you look.”

On Thursday, a day after the company’s terse announcement, reaction on social media continued to be fast and furious, indicating that Mr. Zimmer had made the jump from business executive to cultural icon. “George Zimmer” was one of the top searches on Google on Wednesday, and news of the firing made the gossip sites TMZ and Gawker.

And the Men’s Wearhouse Facebook page had more than 200 comments criticizing the company for ousting Mr. Zimmer, with sentiments like “If George Zimmer isn’t coming back, neither am I!” and riffs on Mr. Zimmer’s signature ad closer like “You’re going to miss the way I shopped. I guarantee it.”

Men’s Wearhouse has not said whether it will continue running the television commercials featuring Mr. Zimmer; the company had recently been evaluating their effectiveness, Richard Jaffe, an analyst at Stifel Nicolaus, said.”–Via Yahoo

Landlords Win Big: RGB Approves 7.75% Increase For Two Year Leases

Ouch!!!! This hurts. But I betcha the 793088-snidely_whiplashlandlords are river-dancing down Fifth Ave. in glee:

Via NY Observer:

“Abandon hope, all ye who enter here. On Thursday night, the Rent Guidelines Board voted to jack up the rent approve rent increases of 4 percent for one-year leases and 7.75-percent for a two-year leases, as reported by The New York Times. The decision will mean increases of $40 a month, or $480 a year for a $1,000-a-month apartment, or $960 for a $2,000-a-month apartment, twice the amount of the 2012 increases, which were capped at 2 and 4 percent respectively.”

Dolce and Gabanna Sentenced To The Italian Slammer On Tax Charges

D & Gphoto_1371654473466-3-HD going to jail is an even bigger pesce out of water story than  Martha Stewart or Sophia Loren going to jail . (Both women actually served time behind bars.) Luckily for the designers, who are partners in life and in business, the judge gave them a suspended sentence.

Via Reuters

(Reuters) – “Fashion design duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were on Wednesday handed a suspended prison sentence of one year and eight months for hiding hundreds of millions of euros from the tax authorities.

The designers, who are nearly as famous as the stars they dress, were not present in court in Milan and have denied the charges. Given the complexity and length of the appeals process, they are unlikely to spend any time in jail.

Public prosecutor Gaetano Ruta had asked for two and a half years. The judge gave them a suspended sentence.

A company spokesman declined to make an immediate comment.

The success of Dolce and Gabbana’s sexy corset dresses and sharply tailored suits favored by celebrities like Kylie Minogue, Kate Moss and Bryan Ferry have earned them a glamorous lifestyle.

They hosted friend and client Madonna for her birthday in 2009 at their villa perched above the chic boating resort of Portofino.

The case dates back to an investigation that began in 2008, when authorities unleashed a tax avoidance crackdown as the financial crisis began to bite. But the probe that ensnared the two designers is one of the few high-profile cases to come to trial so far.

The judge on Wednesday ruled that the pair sold their brand to Luxembourg-based holding company Gado in 2004 to avoid declaring taxes on royalties of about 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion).

The pair’s flamboyant designs are inspired by the sultry southern Italian island of Sicily, where Dolce was born in 1958. He met Gabbana, now 50, in the latter’s home town of Milan, where they showed their first collection in 1985. The brand took hold internationally in the 1990s and global revenues hit just under 1.5 billion euros in 2011.

The pair have always said they are innocent.

“Everyone knows that we haven’t done anything,” Gabbana tweeted in June 2012 after the trial was ordered.

But Gabbana’s only reaction so far on Wednesday was to tweet a close up photograph of the branch of a colorful citrus tree, just seconds after the verdict.”