Kim Kardashian is reportedly going to the Met ball this year. The reality star couldn't snag a ticket last year, despite the fact that her boyfriend Kanye West went. Tabloids were quick to attribute Kardashian's non-attendance to a feud with, or some kind of vast contempt on the part of, Vogue editor and Met ball capo di tutti capi Anna Wintour. This year, Kanye is rumored to be the event's surprise musical performer, so the Vogue folks apparently gave the man a +1. [Fashionista]
Stila has a new glow-in-the-dark (and glow-under-U.V.-light) lipstick collection. Just in case you wanted to look really cool at your friend's older brother's friend's rave in 1998. [SheFinds]
Tom Binns and Charlotte Olympia are doing a punk-inspired collaborative collection in honor of the Met's Punk: Chaos to Couture show, which the museum will unveil next month. Because nothing says "punk" like $900 shoes. [WWD]
• Inevitably, KMart is adding shapewear to the line of Sofia Vergara licensed apparel it sells. "My shapewear launch is very exciting and really fun for me because the colors and materials are so sexy," says Vergara. [WWD]
• J.C. Penney, which is struggling in its quest to return to profitability, is expected to burn through around $1 billion during the first quarter. It lost nearly $1 billion in 2012 and laid off thousands of employees, including then-C.E.O. Ron Johnson. [WWD]
• Meanwhile, in the ongoing lawsuit over which retailer has the right to sell Martha Stewart-branded homewares, Macy's or J.C. Penney, Penney called expert witnesses who testified that the higher-end department store would not be harmed if Penney also carried Stewart's brand. [WWD]
• How Boston retailers weathered the bombings and the city's shutdown. [Fashionista]
• New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the surprise guest at a private cocktail party Condé Nast held to fête its National Magazine Award nominations. Anna Wintour introduced Bloomberg, praising his pro-gun control stance. Also, Vogue's new flack, Hildy Kuryk, is the former national finance director of the Democratic National Committee. [WWD]
• Meanwhile, Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles hosted a luncheon for mayoral candidate Christine Quinn. Coles says she's "thrilled" about Quinn's candidacy:
"I think the next mayoral election is really important. I’m thrilled that she’s standing, because I think it’s great for us to have a female candidate and a gay candidate, which is really exciting and I think that she was interested in hearing from the fashion community about their needs in New York because the fashion industry is incredibly important to New York; it brings in a huge amount of tax dollars."
• Fashion designer is one of the 20 worst jobs in America, according to a new survey that rates occupations by job security, pay, stress level, work environment, and the industry's outlook. The absolute worst job anyone can have in America right now is journalist, hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
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• This list of tips for how to sell your shoes on eBay would work for almost any product, really. [Racked]
• Kering, the Luxury Conglomerate Formerly Known As Prince PPR, has acquired the Italian jeweler Pomellato for an undisclosed sum. [WWD]
• And now, a moment with celebrity stylist Joey Tierney. Joey, your shoe closet must be, like, major, right?
"I know this sounds terrible and snobbish, but my only non-designer shoes are my slippers from the Bowery Hotel."