BATTLE OF THE BULGE
The battle of the flesh--or lack there of continues. After several Ralph Lauren ads surfaced of the over Photoshopped model Filippa Hamilton-Palmstierna, critics are now scrutinizing the designer's runway models. Is singling out Ralph the start of fashion's image revolution?
[Huffington Post]

UGLY RATINGS
The quirky fashion dramedy, "Ugly Betty" debuted with the tag line "Ugly is the new beautiful." But, it seems that trend has passed with the show's season premiere receiving its lowest ratings ever in its new Friday night time slot. Are Betty Suarez's higher ranking job and more sensible fashions a faux pas?
[Digital Spy]

BIG BLING INVESTMENTS
Luxury jewelers are taking a more financially savvy approach to selling expensive diamonds and gem-filled bibs and baubles. The purveyors of all that glitter are marketing the uber-expensive pieces as an investment that can help diversify the customer's financial portfolio. Does this mean we head to the pawn shop if times get rough?
[WWD]