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  • That sound you just heard was the excited gasp shared by every Mad Men fan who ever dreamed of dressing like Betty Draper or Joan Holloway. But will Janie Bryant also do men's suits? [Glamour]
  • The Black Artists Association Amna Eele, who criticized Michelle Obama for not wearing clothing by any African-American designers during the inauguration, has received death threats over her comments. And one of the designers Eele mentioned as possible alternatives, b. michael, has released a statement tactfully distancing himself from the BAA's position. Death threats over dresses? What is our world coming to. [The Cut]
  • Michael Kors is being sued by the estate of American designer Tony Duquette. Duquette's legatee, Hutton Wilkinson, alleges that in the promotion of Kors' current resort collection, Kors used images and patterns from the Abrams book Tony Duquette. When he first presented his collection, Kors told the media, "It's Babe [Paley] and Tony [Duquette]!" His spokesperson says the company does not comment on pending lawsuits. [LA Times]
  • Sales of beauty products declined 3.3% in the US last year. Leading the way down were fragrances, and most categories of cosmetics — including lipsticks. So much for that old canard about women buying lipstick to feel special when times are bad. [WSJ]
  • Tony Hawk's pajamas have been recalled because they could catch fire. Amazingly, about 30,000 people paid $30 each to dress their children in nightwear called "Boards Estate," "Heathen Skull," "Backspray," and "Stix Jester." Refunds will be given. [UPI]
  • Luxxotica eyewear and Tory Burch have announced a licensing deal, which means there'll soon be sunglasses and prescription frames under the Tory Burch imprimatur. [PR Newswire]
  • The 2001 ad for Agent Provocateur where Kylie Minogue rides a mechanical bull was voted the best ad ever in a poll by a British company. [News.com.au]
  • Brooke Shields is going to be the face of a new line of Coppertone broad-spectrum SPF 70+ sunscreens with antioxidants. It's the first time Coppertone has used a well-known face in their advertising. [WWD]
  • Target is cutting its workforce because of the recession. Six hundred employees at the company's Minnesota headquarters will be let go, and 400 currently open positions will not be filled. A distribution center in Little Rock, Arkansas, will also be closed, leading to job losses of 500. [WSJ]
  • The Olivier Theyskens/Nina Ricci rumors take another strange turn: WWD is reporting that the label owners Puig are thinking of replacing Theyskens with British designer Peter Copping, even before Theyskens's contract runs out in October. Copping, a graduate of Central St. Martins, the London college that produced Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Sophia Kokosalaki, Hussein Chalayan, and John Galliano, among many others, is Marc Jacobs's right-hand man at Louis Vuitton. Before that, he worked for Sonia Rykiel. Copping met with Puig boss Mario Grauso two weeks ago. [WWD]
  • Urban Outfitters is certainly in a collaborative mood. The chain is rolling out capsule collections from Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, designer Mary Ping, milliner Eugenia Kim, and a raft of other young talents. Some pieces will be in store by the end of this month. [Racked]
  • Helena Christensen talked to Blackbook about her photography show with her fly undone. This just confirms my irrational love of that woman. [Blackbook]
  • Speaking of model/photographers, Dutch supermodel Iekeliene Stange's first solo photography exhibit opens today at Projekt Galerie in Berlin. [Projekt Galerie Blog]