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  • Ann Taylor replaced Heidi Klum with Katie Holmes for the spring season. The brand says it sought Holmes, who's also modeled for J. Crew and been the face of Miu Miu, for "her intellect, kindness and enduring personal style." [WWD]
  • Well, that was quick. Hours after Rachel Zoe's first collection had been unveiled in the pages of Women's Wear Daily, Teen Vogue's Jane Keltner de Valle pointed out that one of Zoe's dresses — a white shift covered with a distinctive black line pattern — was virtually identical to a white dress with a distinctive black line pattern that Zoe herself had selected and shot for Teen Vogue in October, 2007. The dress was vintage. If Zoe thought nobody would notice her line is comprised of knock-offs of actual clothes from her own wardrobe, she thought wrong. [@JaneKeltnerdeV, Fashionologie]
  • And, despite attempts to confiscate all of the attendees' cell phones, Harper's Bazaar managed to basically live-tweet-pic Rachel Zoe's runway presentation yesterday. [@HarpersBazaarUS]
  • The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation named seven emerging designers who will receive $25,000 grants this year. They are: Bibhu Mohapatra, The Lake & Stars, M. Patmos, Mandy Coon, Native Son, Pamela Love, and Study NY. Congratulations to them all. The money goes towards these labels' upcoming New York fashion week shows and presentations. [WWD]
  • Natalie Portman is technically topless in her Miss Dior Chérie perfume ad! You can't see much of her body — this is what is known as an "implied nude" — but hey, gossip headline writers all over the world can now use "Natalie Portman Topless" in their day's work. [Celebuzz]
  • Leighton Meester rides a rocking horse in her Missoni campaign. [JustJared]
  • L'Oréal says it has not dropped Aishwariya Rai from its roster of pretty ladies. Her absence from that multi-celeb-tastic New Year's ad, coupled with the recent addition of younger Indian actress Freida Pinto to L'Oréal's stable had led to speculation that Rai was no longer with the cosmetics giant. But L'Oréal says Rai just didn't do the TV commercial because of "prior commitments." [WWD]
  • The Kardashians are being sued for backing out of their deal to promote that horrible prepaid credit card with all those fees. According to the suit, the sisters' rider for a promotional event in New York included a $12,000 line item for hair. (The sisters Kardashian later agreed to a $7,000 budget for hair and makeup.) "I imagine at least some of that 12K was for travel and accommodations but that still leaves about $10,000 for hair. You could spend that if you're doing a beluga caviar treatment and then hiring elves by the hour to dry the hair strand by strand," says a "luxury hair retailer," who we presume should know. [StyleList]
  • Undeterred by such minor litigious inconveniences, the Kardashian war machine rumbles on. Next front, Sears! There the sisters will there launch a licensed fashion line by the name of "Kardashian Kollection" in August. "We love Sears. There is a Sears right near our house," says Kourtney. [WWD]
  • Taylor Momsen's contract as the face of Madonna's Material Girl Macy's juniors' line appears not to have been renewed — just like her contract with the modeling agency IMG. Material Girl is running a competition to find its new face. [MG]
  • In other news of competitions, Kelly Cutrone is apparently seeking a photographer to follow her around for a few days at fashion week, and shoot the runway, backstage, and parties. Cutrone was Tweeting up a storm about gun control last night ("Wrong People with Guns kill People"). Awesome. [@PeoplesRev]
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art is going to renovate its Costume Institute, which will allow the museum to display part of its permanent fashion collection for ten months out of the year. The other two months, the museum will continue to produce its apparently popular (but generally hacky) themed exhibits. [NYTimes]
  • Hipster boutique Opening Ceremony hired Terry Richardson, photographer extraordinaire, to shoot 16-year-old model Lindsay Wixson for its spring lookbook. What could possibly go wrong! [WWD]
  • Wixson also appears surrounding by butterflies in the spring Alexander McQueen campaign, which is the house's first major advertising effort since McQueen's death in February of 2010. [TFS]
  • Crystal Renn booked another fashion campaign for the season. In addition to Jean-Paul Gaultier and Jimmy Choo, she's also the face of DSquared2. Anna Jagodzinska, Fei Fei Sun, Hailey Clauson, Monika Sawicka, and male models Reid Prebenda and Diego Miguel round out the cast. We love seeing Renn getting plum assignments like these, but we still wish the industry could learn to appreciate the charms of more than one plus-size model at a time. [Models.com]
  • Sasha Pivovarova must be back in with Miuccia — as rumored, the Russian model, who went something like eight seasons in a row as the face of Prada, turned up in the spring Miu Miu campaign. [TFS]
  • Miranda Kerr's baby weighed 4.5 kg at birth; that's around 9.9 lbs. Our ladyparts are throbbing in solidarity. [Us]
  • Natalia Vodianova is going to run a half-marathon in Paris again this year. [Vogue UK]
  • Abbey Lee Kershaw booked Tom Ford's spring campaign — alongside Ford himself. [@NextModelsNYC]
  • Stylist Mary Alice Stephenson, on the retail experience of the future: "To be able to beam myself into whatever boutique I wanted to be in. Anywhere in the world. Whenever I wanted. So when I want to be with Alber Elbaz in the Lanvin boutique in Paris, then beam me up Scotty. That would be nice. Just like an I Dream of Jeannie moment where in a blink of the eye, you're in Celine, a blink of an eye you're in Lanvin, a blink of the eye, you're in...H&M." [Racked]
  • Kanye West's latest single — single? they still sell those? moving on — is a duet with Jay-Z called "H.A.M." (which stands for "Hard As a Motherfucker," because we suppose "H.A.A.M." was too unwieldy). Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci "creative directed" the cover, and it's super manly (but doesn't feature any dead models). [HuffPo]
  • American Apparel's flirtation with advertising that features, you know, clothes was short-lived. Now the brand is taking the sweet and natural pleasure of pubes and making it all sleazy. Jerks. [Copyranter]
  • Susan McGalla, a former American Eagle Outfitters executive, has been named the new C.E.O. of Wet Seal. [WWD]
  • Rebecca Minkoff hired a fashion blogger, Daniel Saynt of FashionIndie, as its new director of marketing. [The Cut]
  • Versace, which had to exit the Japanese market in 2009, at the nadir of the recession, is planning to re-open its business there. [WWD]
  • Tripe like "it's about serving the customer in any way they want to interface with your brand" — and most members of the media's uncritical repetition thereof — is exactly the reason we find retail/luxury panel discussions so damn tedious. [Fashionista]