Matthew Williamson Comes to NYC; Kate Moss and Jamie Hince on the Outs?

A look from Matthew Williamson's fall '08 collection. Photo: imaxtree

Matthew Williamson will open its first U.S. store in New York in early 2009 in — wait for it — the meatpacking district! Shocker. [British Vogue]

• Steve & Barry's University Sportswear is thisclose to closing 100 of its 270 of stores. [WWD]

Kate Moss might be breaking up with Jamie Hince. He was spotted moving his stuff out of her house. So much for all that marriage hoopla. [Mirror]

• Wendy Kahn is the new chief executive officer of Valentino USA and V.F.G. USA and Canada. She replaces Graziano de Boni who's jumped to Prada's ship. [WWD]

• Eva Mendes on the couture collections: "Dior is the only show worth going to, I'm very loyal." Now that is a bold statement indeed. [WWD]

• Blake Lively's people are not happy with her Seventeen cover this month because it supposedly looks nothing like her. Her Vanity Fair and Cosmopolitan covers, however, are A-OK. [NYP]

• Here's a peek at Petra Nemcova's fall ad campaign for Rampage. [Off the Rack/People]

• Stephen Jones is making hats for Audrey Tautou for her role as Coco Chanel in the upcoming biopic. [British Vogue]

• Blind item: "Which autocratic fashion designer dropped out of sight for several months last year after a face-lift went wrong? The surgeon cut a nerve in his neck, and he needed rehabilitation to move his face properly." [NYP]

• Polo Ralph Lauren is underwriting the restoration of the East Hampton Historical Society's Mulford Farm. Sounds about right. [WWD]