The Limited And Express Take A Break

  • In a business move effecting tween girls everywhere, Limited Brands (parent company of The Limited, Victoria's Secret, and Bath & Bodyworks) has sold a 67% stake of the Express brand to a private equity firm. Meaning: Middle school girls can still buy their stretch capris at both The Limited and Express, but now they're just owned by different people. [WWD]
  • Ralph Lauren (nee Lipschitz!) gives a backhanded compliment to Russian people at the launch of his first flagship store in Moscow: "I didn't think they would get it...[but] I think they get it now. Russian people have a history of a lot of elegance and a lot of class." [WWD]
  • British fashion icon Isabella Blow was laid to rest — in her favorite Philip Treacy headpiece, no less — at the very church in Gloucestershire, England at which she was married. [WWD, 1st item]
  • Karl Lagerfeld loves the smell of global warming in the morning: His resort collection will be shown on Friday in Santa Monica with his models joining the mile-high club and using the aisle of an airplane in lieu of a catwalk. [The Guradian]
  • The UK's Fashion Fringe competition has taped former Gucci-boy Tom Ford and Burberry's Christopher Bailey — as its lead judges. Cute, but this would be much, much cooler if Tim Gunn and Nina Garcia showed up. [Vogue UK]