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In Which We Unnerve Francisco Costa

Calvin Klein's creative director is normally a very cool cucumber, but he didn't really know what to say about the other night's disastrous fragrance-launch party.

Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, and Tory Burch Nab CFDA Noms

Last night the Council of Fashion Designers of America unveiled the nominees for their 2008 awards, the Oscars of the fashion world. You'll never guess who got nominated for womenswear — Marc Jacobs. Surprise! He's in the running with Calvin Klein head designer Francisco Costa and the boys of Proenza Schouler, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough.

Eva Mendes Gets Out of Rehab and Gets Sweaters

Eva Mendes's plans to appear in Calvin Klein perfume ads were thwarted when she went to rehab several weeks ago. But Mendes is out — yay! — and it appears her relationship with the label is still going strong.

Critics Laud Calvin and Vera, Puzzle Over Posen and Sui

At Calvin Klein, critics marveled at Francisco Costa’s geometric minimalism and also admired Vera Wang’s newfound sensuality. Anna Sui proved quirky but entertaining to most critics, while Zac Posen’s clothes raised brows and questions. See what well-chosen adjectives made it to press in our review roundup.

Francisco Costa: Don’t Call Him ‘Metal Mouth’

Francisco Costa
If Calvin Klein's normally boisterous Brazilian designer, Francisco Costa, looks a little dour this week, it's not because he's in a bad mood. He's gone Ugly Betty on us. About six months ago, Costa got fitted for braces on his bottom teeth. "I grind too much in my sleep," he told us. "I was chipping them." No one could see the mouth hardware during the shows in the fall, but since then, he's added a lovely set up top designed to blend in with his teeth. (We would have preferred a full-on metal mouth, with colored rubber bands to match his outfits.) "I can't smile for six months!" he says, smiling. It looks rather cute. —Jada Yuan