ON FIRE: Bloomingdale’s hottest-selling and sassiest T-shirt isn’t something you want to see your boss wearing. It says “You’re Fired!” and was inspired by Donald Trump and the hit reality show, “The Apprentice.” More than 2,000 units have been sold since the shirts were put on display March 12 in the Young East Sider and men’s departments, Bloomingdale’s said. Trump, parlaying his boardroom statement into a fashion one, codesigned and approved the cotton Ts, working with Bloomingdale’s, which sells them in 28 stores. Made by Project E, “You’re Fired!” male Ts are $36 and available in white and charcoal. For women, there are tank tops, priced at $24, in gray and white or white and red. The show’s finale is Thursday.
Meanwhile,“You’re hired” might have been the phrase Jill Stuart heard when she was asked to judge a parade of 51 beauties at Monday night’s Miss USA pageant broadcast from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. After all, Trump and NBC are the partners behind the event’s parent company, the Miss Universe Organization, and have final approval on all judges, according to Paula Shugart, president of the organization. Shugart said the organization approached Stuart to sit among the 11 judges (which include Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon) based on their long-term relationship; Stuart has designed dresses for the show in the past and winners have worn her line to premieres and events. The designer joins such high-profile colleagues in the pageant’s 53-year history as Roberto Cavalli, Nicole Miller, Carolina Herrera, Betsey Johnson, Max Azria and Stuart Weitzman. “I used to watch the event as a kid and loved it, and now my youngest daughter, Sophie Curtis, is crazy about it so I’m doing it for her and for nostalgia,” Stuart said through a spokeswoman. While in town for the five days, she said antique shopping on La Brea Avenue was her guilty pleasure.
SPINDLER MEMORIAL PLANS: The late Amy M. Spindler will be memorialized at an event on April 25, scheduled on the night preceding the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit. About 400 guests are expected at the invitation-only event, to be held at the Rainbow Room. Spindler, the former style editor of The New York Times Magazine and a longtime fashion critic at the paper, died on Feb. 27 from a malignant brain tumor.