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  • In Kyrgyzstan, a reporter asked Hillary Clinton what designers she prefers. Clinton replied, "Would you ever ask a man that question?" The audience laughed, then applauded, according to the official transcript, and the reporter admitted, "Probably not. Probably not." It's a stupid question. Everyone knows Clinton pretty much only wears Oscar to formal events. [Daily Intel]
  • New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, estimated net worth $20 billion, buys his socks at Filene's Basement. Why pay more? [NYPost]
  • Today in nasty flacks: Who sends a magazine clothing for a shoot in a bag that says "VICE MAGAZINE for LOSERS" on it? Rodarte's reps do. [Vice]
  • And now J. Crew is the subject of two shareholder lawsuits alleging breach of fiduciary duty. Shareholders believe that the clothier's planned $3 billion leveraged buy-out offers them a too-low price and will unfairly enrich C.E.O. Mickey Drexler and the company board. [WWD]
  • In other fashion financial news, American Apparel has rewarded around 70 top employees with 6.5 million company shares. Because American Apparel remains cash-strapped and wracked by credit issues, to finance the stock awards Dov Charney dipped into his personal fortune to buy 1.1 million treasury shares of common stock in his own company. [WWD]
  • Um. Anna Wintour recorded a vocal track for Diddy's new album, Last Train To Paris. And André Leon Talley is also featured, reading aloud a passage from James Baldwin. [Vogue.com]
  • Viktor Horsting, of Viktor & Rolf, once confessed on the eve of a show what he feared most in the world: losing control. "The next day, the whole show, the production, the organization, went totally out of hand," says the designer, who describes himself as very superstitious. "Afterward, we realized that we strongly believe that once you express something, it's the start of making it a reality. This is why we're very cautious about expressing things before." Someone's been taking The Secret a little too much to heart. [WWD]
  • Sally Singer wanted Don Delillo to profile Mick Jagger for her first issue of T, the New York Times' fashion magazine. But Delillo turned her down. So she got Zoe Heller, and sent a photographer and an editor around the world to chase Julian Assange for a story on Wikileaks. (The Times still has the budget for that?) Says Singer: "If one were to strip out those elements of T that you find new or noncommercial, then what are you left with? You're just left with stuff. The wonder of stuff — the pleasure we all take in stuff if we have the time or money or resources or the space in our brain to think about it — is that we allow ourselves that time because we're thinking about big things too, you know. If you're not, it just becomes a catalogue. Who wants that?" [WWD]
  • You can see behind-the-scenes video of their ambush of Assange here. [T]
  • Also in T, Cathy Horyn profiles the Chinese couturier Guo Pei. [T]
  • Andrew Rosen, the head of Theory, still wants to buy Proenza Schouler. [WWD]
  • Virginia Smith, a Vogue editor who was rumored to be in the running for Julie Gilhart's vacated women's fashion director position at Barneys New York, says she is not leaving the magazine. [WWD]
  • In other Vogue inside baseball, Grace Coddington says she wants "another cat" for Christmas. "Or maybe a dog." A dog?! [Fashionista]
  • Dita von Teese is working on a book about beauty. She is also: In "talks" to do a perfume, "aspires" to her own line of cosmetics, and in "discussions" with a lingerie brand. [WWD]
  • New York reporters are hot on the "trend" of fashion houses booking pregnant models. Pro tip: despite the Victoria's Secret baby boom of late, this is not new and it's not a trend. Does nobody remember a pregnant Karen Elson walking Marc Jacobs' runway, like, six years ago? [The Cut]
  • Gisele Bündchen on her son, Benjamin, and her step-son, Jack: "I want more kids for sure but I don't know when. Right now I have my hands full! I'm feeling very lucky. For Benjamin, his big brother is his hero. Jack comes in and Benjamin has a big smile. He wants to follow him around. Anything he does, he's just in awe of him like, 'Oh my God!'" Bündchen calls Jack "my little peanut" and Jack calls her "GG." [Vogue UK]
  • Naomi Campbell is at Art Basel Miami with her Russian billionaire boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin. When Julian Schnabel arrived at a dinner they were attending, Naomi moved seats so Schnabel could sit next to his friend. What almost normal social behavior! [P6]
  • A smiling Natalia Vodianova attended the announcement of FIFA's vote on the next World Cup host, which will of course be Russia. [Vogue UK]
  • Here are Tim Gunn and Conan O'Brien, discussing jeggings and the wearing of jeggings by men. [Racked]
  • Juicy Couture's Fifth Avenue store, closed due to the discovery of bedbugs, reopens today. [NYDN]
  • Roland Mouret: "I would never do a diffusion line. I don't think the future is that. People mix brands all the time already, so you need to do something else." [Style.com]
  • Oh dear. A few designers showed their fall/winter collections on models with no tights, and even though that's clearly some runway-only shit, not intended to be applicable to women who live in places where winter happens, some ladymag editor has a bunch of useless "tips" to effectuate the bare-legged-in-winter trend. Here's one: Don't! [Vogue UK]
  • The excellent fashion blog Threadbared is giving away three copies of The Beautiful Generation: Asian Americans and the Cultural Economy of Fashion by Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu. All you have to do is leave a comment saying who your favorite Asian-American fashion designer is, and why. [Threadbared]
  • Lois Speelman, 100, works Wal-Mart's typical just-less-than-full-time hours as a greeter. When she asked a customer if she'd paid for items in the undercarriage of her shopping cart, the woman pushed her to the ground, and Speelman was hospitalized, and the case has been referred to the local prosecutor. "I'm bruised a little, but I'm able to go back to work Thursday," Speelman told a reporter, before declining to answer further questions out of fear of losing her job. Wal-Mart! Such a friendly company. (Save for your retirement, kids.) [AP]