Lauren Conrad Unveils Her Collection; High Fashion Loves Amy Winehouse

NB to the L.C.: This doesn't really "work." Photo: Getty Images

The Hills' Lauren Conrad showed a lackluster collection at L.A. Fashion Week yesterday. She tried to spice it up with berets and black leather gloves. Meh. [FabSugar]

• Suzy Menkes explains in a video Amy Winehouse's influence on high fashion, especially the recent Christian Dior and Chanel shows. Also Karl Lagerfeld thinks she's fabulous. [IHT]

• Liz Claiborne hopes to launch new jewelry, home, and fragrance lines for Kate Spade over the next five years (founder Kate Spade left the company last year). [British Vogue]

Anna Sui's president, Michael Pellegrino, will retire from fashion on June 30. [WWD]

• Claudia Schiffer is judging Graduate Fashion Week in London, which awards $40,000 to a young designer. Past judges include Stefano Pilati and Alber Elbaz. [British Vogue]

• British women are getting over the "It" bag. They're more likely to buy an $80 bag than a $2,000 bag and realize celebrity endorsements of the latter don't mean much since they probably get them for free. [Times UK]

• Meanwhile, the "It" shoe has replaced the "It" bag. The right pair can make you look taller and leaner, while the most a bag can do is sit on a restaurant table. [Telegraph]