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  • A beige-clad Keira Knightley jumped on a beige Ducati to film a Chanel ad this weekend. [Fashionologie]
  • Kim Gordon's Sportmax line retails for $135-$275. But Gordon doesn't shop at Sportmax herself. "I can't really afford their stuff." [WSJ]
  • Olivier Theyskens' first collection for Theory will be presented at New York fashion week. [@TheLoveMagazine]
  • Meanwhile, that ol' sneak Tom Ford is rumored to be hosting a cocktail party this week in New York at which he will stealthily unveil his first women's wear collection. [WWD]
  • Zac Posen is presenting his main line in Paris this season, and his lower-priced Z Spoke collection for Saks in New York City. "It's a bit like a marathon at the moment," says the designer. "The only time I can be alone in my studio is from 12-3.30am so I'm always at work then. I'm pretty tired but any time you can make to create is beautiful. There's nothing higher than creative time." Of the Zac Posen collection, he says, "There will be a lot of what I'm calling sex dresses. I've made a lot of pieces that can seduce and that will secure the deal. The dresses will be iconic, architectural and anatomical. We want to be the go-to destination for when women want to feel hot to trot." [Vogue UK]
  • Natalia Vodianova will star opposite Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in a film adaptation of Swiss writer Albert Cohen's novel Belle Du Seigneur. Vodianova's prior acting experience comprises a turn as Medusa in Clash of the Titans. [Deadline]
  • Marc Jacobs finally opened his 81st West Village shop, an enterprise that will sell art and photography books under the name Bookmarc. Jacobs' business partner, Robert Duffy, admits he had been after the location — formerly the site of the local independent Biography Bookshop — for years. "It's caddy-corner to our women's collection store and I've always desired that space," he says. But Duffy rejects the claims made by some residents that the 97 Marc Jacobs stores currently operating on and around Bleecker St. are, well, ruining the neighborhood. "I could have taken one giant space and knocked all the walls down like other people have done," says Duffy. "Is it good for the neighborhood, bad for the neighborhood? I don't know. My original store there was a dentist office that was in terrible disrepair.…I did my research. I found the original pictures of that store from 18-whatever, and I put in big plateglass windows, which were there in 18-whatever. Did it revitalize the street in a way? Did it make it a shopping street in a way? I didn't ask everybody else to follow me there.…I think that having the men's stores on West Fourth is much better than having two empty storefronts." [WWD]
  • Covering Fashion's Night Out for CBS has been hell, says producer Susan Zirinsky. "It's been like going to war, because of the details to attention [sic] and because of the multiplatform." Fashion: destroying ordinary folks' sense of perspective since 18-whatever. [NYDN]
  • Lily Allen, who still intends to open a vintage store called Lucy in Disguise, has opened a pop-up store in Selfridges in London with her sister Sarah Mary Owen. Their pop-up has vintage pieces by Lanvin, Ossie Clark, and Yves Saint Laurent, available for rental or for purchase. We'd just like to touch it, really. [Vogue UK]
  • Issey Miyake has an intriguing new line called 132 5. Each garment folds flat, origami-style, but when worn the folds fall open in geometric patterns. [WWD]
  • Jessica Simpson's little party for her new denim line is taking place tonight in New York. Her friends CaCee Cobb and her sister Ashlee will model, and an up-and-coming musician known as Pete Wentz will D.J. [JustJared]
  • Simpson also filmed an ad for Macy's. With some clowns. [People]
  • Victoria Beckham has released a clip of her fall/winter 2010 show, which took place in February. [Vogue UK]
  • Previews of Loïc Prigent's next installments in his The Day Before series — featuring Diane von Furstenberg, Donatella Versace, Alexander Wang, Narciso Rodriguez, Nina Ricci's Peter Copping and Jeremy Scott in the 36 hours leading up to their Fall 2010 shows — are now online. [Fashionologie]
  • Meanwhile, Min-ha T. Pham at Threadbared writes insightfully about Harmony Korine's far more ambitious film for Proenza Schouler, and the cultural economy of fashion films in general. [Threadbared]
  • Vena Cava is launching a shoe line with Tenoversix for spring. The accessories are introduced on Vena Cava's blog with, yes, a short film. [Viva Vena]
  • Max Azria has bought a 20% stake in the bankrupt Germany department store chain Karstadt. He does not plan to close any stores or lay off any of the 25,000 employees. [WWD]
  • Heidi Klum is "designing" a range of workout clothes for New Balance. [WWD]
  • Erin O'Connor has released a line of five slogan t-shirts called She Died Of Beauty. [Vogue UK]
  • Roberto Cavalli: Now profitable again. The company made $2.5 million in the first six months of this year, compared with a loss of $3.5 million during the same period last year. [WWD]
  • Coming about four years late to the taxidermy trend, Opening Ceremony is selling a line of scarves printed with stuffed-'n'-mounted animals. [OC]
  • Express and Forever 21 are two chains with nary a grain of fashion originality between them — but that didn't stop the former from suing the latter for allegedly copying some of its plaids. Express lost. [WWD]