Paris is One Of the World's Worst Places to Shop

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In news that will surprise absolutely nobody who has ever tried to buy anything anywhere in Paris, a survey of shoppers found that the Champs-Elysées rates 22nd out of 30 great world shopping streets for customer service. Many people reported that sales assistants at the luxury stores that line the boulevard showed irritation at being asked to serve customers. Imagine! New York's Fifth Avenue, however, did even worse: it came 26th. The best place to shop in the world, if you've got the money? In news that will surprise absolutely nobody who's ever bought anything in Singapore, it's Orchard Road. [WWD]

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Demi Moore is on the cover of the new Harper's Bazaar, wearing Tom Ford. Inside, she talks with Amanda de Cadenet, the actress-turned-photographer who presents the upcoming interview-focused T.V. series that Moore is producing. They talk about body image, self-acceptance, sleeping nude, and all that typical ladymag bullshit. The most interesting part is when Moore asks de Cadenet, "What scares you?" and she replies, "Infidelity scares me. It scares me when it happens to my friends; it scares me that it's going to happen to me...It's like someone saying, 'I don't value you. You don't mean enough to me, so I'm just going to totally dishonor and disregard all that you've shown me.'" Moore does not disagree. Oh, and this is mildly funny: Moore says her real guilty pleasure, "and it's totally stupid, is those long-distance flights where you are able to change into those pajamas they give you without ever leaving your seat and nobody can see your body exposed. It is an absolute guilty pleasure in the sense that I derive pure joy and some weird sense of accomplishment over being able to do it." Demi Moore, secret mid-air pajama contortionist. [HB]

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Last season's Prada exclusive Madison Leyes, 19, is Canadian — and a Buffy fan. She got the Prada gig after spending a month doing "looks" for the brand — basically, working as a fit model while the collection was finalized, edited, and styled. It's not unheard of for a looks model to end up on the runway — New Zealander Ella Drake made that jump for Gucci in early 2010 — but it is unusual enough to not escape notice. Leyes says Miuccia Prada is "very reserved, but not cold. She's just very focused on what she's doing. When you see her smile, though, you know she's genuinely happy. She's not someone who does the fake, cold smile." [The Cut]

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Here are some pictures of Natasha Poly sitting on chairs. They comprise the new Proenza Schouler campaign. [Fashionista]

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Spending $85 on a set of ten nail polishes because they're named after Dickens characters ought in theory to hold some appeal for us — call us fans; we once spent an evening with friends brainstorming Dickensian drink names (Pip's Cup, Bleak House White, or Martini Chuzzlewit, anyone? How about a The Ghost Of Christmas Pastis? Don't worry, we'll see ourselves out...) — but this is just stupid. They're all black. Who needs ten black nail polishes? [T]

  • There is some moderately good news on the unemployment front, especially in the retail sector, according to new figures from the Labor Department. Overall, unemployment fell to 8.5% in December as the economy added 200,000 jobs. This continues a four-month postivie trend, and is the lowest unemployment rate in nearly three years. Of that total, apparel and accessories stores added a seasonally adjusted 11,100 jobs during the month, and department stores added 3700. Together, the sector now employs 2.98 million. [WWD]
  • "Michele Bachmann lost the Iowa caucus — but won the fashion race. Yes, we are going there." You may be, Washington Post. The rest of us are...just not. Oh, God, this entire story exists to support a slideshow, doesn't it? What are you, the Huffington Post? Nope, not even going to link. [WaPo] [Ed: I'm not going to make you guys Google for it. Not worth your effort if, in fact, you do want to see this nonsense. Here's the article.]
  • Simon Le Bon has some flattering words for Yasmin, his supermodel wife of 26 years. "I'd say my hedonistic lifestyle has got worse as time's gone on. But then I married an absolutely crazy woman. She's more rock and roll than Keith Richards, Keith Moon and all the other Keiths put together. She's amazing, a total party girl." [Vogue UK]
  • Anya Hindmarch's professed "love" for Margaret Thatcher — the handbag designer currently has Thatcher-themed windows — is cast in curiously apolitical terms by British Vogue. OMG the handbags! Handbag designers just lurves the politician who lurves handbags! But why soft-pedal it? Hindmarch is open about her conservative leanings. She's a close friend of David Cameron, a prominent Conservative Party fund-raiser, and an avowed Tory. It's hardly a coincidence that Hindmarch digs the "style" of the most famous Tory leader since Churchill.[Vogue UK]
  • American Apparel sold about 100,000 Groupon deals at $25 and $50 apiece during the month of December, which customers could redeem for $50 or $100 worth of merchandise. It turns out that giving people 50% off your clothes is a nice way to fill your tills: overall sales at the troubled hipster t-shirt chain rose by 15% during the month, and same-store sales rose by a healthy 11%. American Apparel's main problem, as always, is its ballooning debt, which is currently over $160 million. [WWD]

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Kat Callahan

What, you mean refusing to speak French to me while distastefully handling my purchase, but then switching to French when I immediately try English and giving me a "Stupid American" look while shoving said purchase in a bag, and ending with a bored roll of the eyes, a slump, and a far less than enthusiastic "Kuum bahck, si vous plait" isn't amazing customer service?

...Yeah, I didn't enjoy the Champs-Elysees last time I was in Paris. At all. French people made fun of me constantly, and I was actively trying to, you know, respect them by using French. Total bummer. I wish my trip hadn't been quite so stereotypical, but most Parisians I met, even if I was buying something from them, were terribly rude.

The guy at the stand I always bought my cheese and tomato sandwiches from was really nice though. It was the bright spot of the trip.