A Lawsuit For Lauren, The End of Escada

• Polo Ralph Lauren has been hit with a lawsuit for stamping the word "lifeguard" on clothing without permission. Another company is claiming it trademarked the word years ago. [NYP]
• As expected, Escada filed for bankruptcy protection in a German court today. [Bloomberg]
• Is Bravo renewing The Fashion Show for a second season? That's unclear for the time being. [Cut]
Tory Burch and Georgina Chapman are making cameos on the next season of Gossip Girl. [WWD]
• Now that visiting a tanning a salon is tantamount to sucking on asbestos or consuming toxic nuclear waste, is "pale the new tan"? [NYT]

• Cintra Wilson is sort of—but not quite—apologizing for offending people with her anti-fattie screed about JCPenney in yesterday's Times. [Cut]
• Miuccia Prada grants a rare interview to W for its September issue. [W]
Us Weekly is launching Us Hair so you can learn what shampoo and conditioner Kate Gosselin uses. Finally! [WWD]
• Speaking of dubious new ventures, noted fashion expert Perez Hilton launched a fashion blog today. [BlackBook]
Agyness Deyn recreates some of Michael Jackson's "most memorable" looks in a Terry Richardson photo shoot for September's Harper's Bazaar. [NYDN]
• Fashion's Night Out is coming up, in case you haven't heard. [WSJ]
• Most politicians stick to boring blue or gray suits. Libya's Muammar Qaddafi "has brought color and his own eccentric panache to the drab circuit of international summits and conferences." Vanity Fair pays homage. [VF]
• Potbellies are all the rage these days, reports Guy Trebay. No one seems to know why that is, but your chubby boyfriend will probably be relieved. [NYT]