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  • Alber Elbaz hosted an intimate presentation of his resort collection in New York. Saturday was his birthday. "It was the most pathetic birthday I have ever had. I was flying from Paris to New York by myself, and the only person who I celebrated with was a stewardess in the Air France lounge who brought me a little muffin with a candle on it and then sang to me." Nonetheless, someone managed to get a cake to his hotel room, which he sampled upon his arrival. "I started to taste and pick at it, and then I thought about how dangerous it was because I will never fit into my pants the day after. So I just tried to move it somewhere so that it was out of my eye line. But then the whole cake fell on the floor, and I was so embarrassed to call the room service about it that I cleaned it all by myself." After his presentation concluded, the press and buyers in the audience sang him "Happy Birthday." [The Cut]
  • See Elbaz show and explain Lanvin's collection in this neat video. [The Cut]
  • Oh, lookee: British Vogue mis-spelled the name of the famous Savile Row tailors Gieves & Hawkes as "Gives & Hawkes." [Vogue UK]
  • "You have to be passionate about everything you do," says Mary J. Blige, who threw a charity fashion show with Catherine Malandrino on Tuesday. "This collection builds on the success of our T-shirts which have sayings like 'I am love,' 'I am power,' 'I am life.' This is what we should be because we're women." Perhaps more empowering than a slogan t-shirt is the scholarship fund for underprivileged Bronx adolescents that Blige's event benefited. [WWD]
  • Karlie Kloss was shot by Willy Vanderperre for Aquascutum's fall campaign. "We wanted to capture the mood and atmosphere of the stormy seascapes of J.M.W. Turner's paintings and the aesthetic of The French Lieutenant's Woman," said C.E.O. Belinda Earl. "We have worked with Willy Vanderperre and Karlie Kloss for the second season; I feel they understand and reflect the refined sense of Aquascutum's British heritage." Vanderperre is Belgian, Kloss is from St. Louis. [Vogue UK]
  • Chanel is opening a temporary summer store in St. Tropez. It is said to have "ephemeral decor," whatever that is. [WWD]
  • Rachel Zoe is launching a lifestyle brand for fall 2011. Expect to see Rachel Zoe accessories, shoes, and apparel, and, potentially, homewares. [WWD]
  • Lulu Guinness's latest handbag collection was inspired by graphic 1960s eye makeup, and model Peggy Moffitt in particular. (Also, Vogue: It's "Moffitt," like that, with two Ts.) Guinness is also launching a luggage line, which is "in process" now. [Vogue UK]
  • Behati Prinsloo says her friend Coco Rocha's wedding to James Conran was beautiful. "I walked into the room where Coco was getting ready at the very moment she had pulled her dress on for the wedding. I started crying and I kept crying throughout the whole thing." You can see a partial shot of The Dress here. [Modelinia]
  • Topshop is doing a four-day mini-tour of New York to promote its products. One day will include hosting an arts-and-crafts booth at McCarren Park in Williamsburg, which actually sounds kind of fun. [Elle]
  • Marc Jacobs, speaking in 1984 about his just-completed studies at Parsons: "One of the most wonderful things said to me there was, ‘Why not bring some of your colors and shapes into a more commercial context?' It's much harder to solve that problem and still be creative, wearable and functional. Bust darts in first year had little excitement — but you use the knowledge for something else." [WWD]
  • DSquared2's campaign features random nudity. [Copyranter]
  • Yigal Azrouël is adding a lower-priced line, called Cut 25. It'll be on sale this fall, and wholesale prices are $53-$365. Cut 25 replaces Y Yigal, his now-defunct line of less expensive jersey dresses. [WWD]
  • So a major e-commerce site that is named Shopbop was all like, "Oh hai, bloggers, how about you gals write posts to our specifications and include our copy and the name of our site and a minimum four links to our products and we don't call it an 'ad' or anything 'cus we won't pay you or disclose our relationship to your readers — shhhhh! — but you can have like this $100 gift card to give away! It's like a competition then, see? Kthanxbai!" And bloggers mocked Shopbop for acting like a poor imitation of Ann Taylor. [Fashionista]
  • Valentino is expecting to announce that during the first six months of 2010, sales rose 15% on the same period last year, and wholesale sales rose 25%. 2009, it must be remembered, was a particularly bleak year for the company: it lost $6.1 million, and 2009 sales were down 11% from 2008. [WWD]
  • Tory Burch, on flats: "Flats, after all, have been in style for millennia. Consider the flip-flop. One could argue that the flip-flop is a stripped-down, rubberized version of something the Egyptian pharaohs and queens wore thousands of years ago. Among the myriad after-life riches archeologists discovered in Tutankhamun's tomb were several pairs of flat shoes. The boy king himself was found wearing sandals that are, in essence, flip-flops. Of course, King Tut's are pure gold." [HuffPo]
  • Struggling Quiksilver has entered into a debt-for-equity exchange with the private equity firm Rhone. Under the deal, Rhone will give Quiksilver $75 million towards the payment of its loans, and Rhone will get 16.7 million shares of common stock, or about 24.2% of the company. [WWD]
  • There really is nothing new under the sun. And Google is probably rotting our brains, since apparently most of us already forgot what Roberto Cavalli showed in 2008, and how it just happens to resemble those very distinctive prints Miu Miu used this season. [Fashionista]