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  • Paulina Porizkova on America's Next Top Model: "The one guarantee that you will never make it as a model is to go on that show." Which is both honest and interesting, since she used to judge "that show." [NYPost]
  • When asked which fashion designer she would most want to collaborate with for a dress or possible fashion line, Zoe Saldana replied without hesitation, "Prabal Gurung." (Gurung promptly Tweeted about it.) Which is interesting, because Saldana has a highly remunerative contract with Calvin Klein. [Fashionologie]
  • Today in racism, we have perfumer Jean-Paul Guerlain! He says the inspiration for his scent Samsara came from a friend. "I told her ... 'What would seduce you if one was to make a perfume for you?' and she told me, 'I love jasmine, rose and sandalwood,' ... And for once I started working like a n—-r. I don't know if n—-s ever worked that hard." His exact quote in French was, "Pour une fois, je me suis mis à travailler comme un nègre. Je ne sais pas si les nègres ont toujours tellement travaillé, mais enfin." Jean-Paul Guerlain, who is no longer affiliated with the company that bears his name, issued an apology. [CNN]
  • Orlando Bloom filmed a commercial for Uniqlo about snowboarding attire. [YouTube]
  • Vivienne Westwood wants to produce plays. "We need theatre to ask more questions about things," she says. "I do think a lot more ought to be said and communicated through theatre than it is at the moment and I want to get involved in that. In any autocratic society theatre is the first thing to go. It's important. I'm so traumatised by climate change and theatre is somewhere to discuss it...We're an endangered species and at the end of the century there's only going to be a million people left and nobody's doing anything about it. We really face extinction, so there are all kinds of things we need to talk about in theatre." [Daily Express]
  • Michelle Obama is headed to Donna Karan's house for a fundraiser tonight and "D.C. socialites are feeling snubbed, short-changed and officially dissed," reports Women's Wear Daily. Our hearts bleed, verily. [WWD]
  • P. Diddy refused to wear anything pink when he made an appearance at a breast cancer charity event. [P6]
  • Naomi Campbell: "I study Kabbalah because it takes me to a positive, calm place. That's what I use it for, and it helps me a lot." [Daily Mail]
  • Russell Brand had a one-night stand with Kate Moss in 2006. And he's still talking about it. The experience "was like being awarded a celebrity Victoria Cross," he says. [NYPost]
  • Noted twit Piers Morgan says Moss made him apologise to her "for being an asshole all your life," and tried to kick him under the table at a dinner. [Daily Mail]
  • Amar'e Stoudemire wants to be on the cover of Vogue, allegedly. [NYDN]
  • Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are no longer personally being investigated for tax evasion by Italian authorities, but up to seven other people associated with the company, including Dolce's brother, still are. The designers could be held liable for up to $1 billion in unpaid taxes associated with the 2004 sale of their Italian brands to their Luxembourg-based holding company. The Italian tax service believes the duo purposefully undervalued their company at the time of the sale in order to avoid paying taxes. [WWD]
  • Georgia May Jagger, on seeing her breasts everywhere: "My mum did a lot of very provocative work with Helmut Newton. She understands. It is pretty crazy, though. I didn't think that it was going to be on giant billboards everywhere. I'm sort of like, 'Oh, God!'" [Fashionologie]
  • In other Jagger family bodyparts news, Jerry Hall has spoken up about Mick Jagger's penis. After Keith Richards wrote in his memoir that when his ex, Anita Pallenberg, slept with Mick she "had no fun with his tiny todger," Hall was asked about it on the radio. Jerry Hall, in case you're curious and/or one of the few women who hasn't already slept with him, says Mick Jagger is very well endowed. [Daily Mail]
  • Adriana Lima will make an appearance at the Victoria's Secret store in New York's SoHo this Wednesday. Lima will be modeling the $2 million diamond-encrusted bra she'll wear in the brand's fashion show. [NYPost]
  • Certain Savile Row tailors are starting to offer ready-to-wear clothing and other modern conveniences. [WWD]
  • Couture consumer, Vogue socialite fave, newly-minted T contributor, and Danielle Steele's daughter Vanessa Traina has a taxidermied zebra in her apartment. [Harper's Bazaar]
  • Anthropologie will be opening an accessories-only store in Maryland. [WWD]
  • Charlotte Russe C.E.O. and president Jenny Ming, who previously was president of Old Navy, says she solicits input from everyone at the company — even the summer interns. "We get probably the best advice or the best decisions when it's a little bit more democratic. I don't always have to agree with them, but I certainly should listen to them because they are more of the target customer than me." [NYTimes]
  • Kristy Fraser-Kirk, a publicist who sued the Australian department store chain David Jones over alleged sexual harassment, settled her AU$37 million lawsuit for AU$850,000, about AU$300,000 of which will go to cover her legal costs. Her alleged harasser, company C.E.O. Mark McInnes, resigned in disgrace when Fraser-Kirk's allegations came to light. As part of the settlement, Fraser-Kirk will leave her job. [Herald Sun]
  • The Guardian asked Katherine Hamnett and Lorraine Candy to debate the question of whether fashion magazines have become "stale." Hamnett says yes, pointing to the outsized influence of advertisers and tame content — "I pick up the New Scientist about 600 times to every time I pick up a fashion magazine. I can definitely live without 300 pages of copy facing advertising," she writes — while Candy says no, pointing to the work of Steven Klein and Tim Walker. [Guardian]
  • A woman with a gap between her two front teeth, on what it feels like to see gap-toothed models and actresses: "Just like a dark spot on your face is just a mole on an ordinary person and a beauty mark on Marilyn Monroe." [Contra Costa Times]
  • These brightly colored watches inspired by snap bangles cost $50. [T]
  • Avon plans to close one of its Ohio factories by 2012, at a cost of some 400 jobs. Extra labor will be taken up by its factories in Illinois and Mexico, and by sub-contractors. The first round of layoffs will hit this December, just in time for the holidays. [WWD]
  • And yet: One forecast says the luxury retail sector should see 10% greater sales in 2010 than in 2009. That's almost a return to pre-recession levels of overpriced tchotchke consumption. [AP]
  • Export sales of Italian leather goods during the first six months of 2010 are up 9.3% compared with the same period last year. [WWD]
  • British Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman: "I think you can't underestimate the kind of psychological and emotional power of shopping. And people still do wanna buy things to make themselves feel good, if they possibly can." [BBC]
  • However, in the U.S., overall apparel and accessories sales dropped 0.2% from August to September of this year. Year-on-year, specialty store sales rose 3.2%, but department store sales fell by 0.8%. [WWD]
  • One result of scaled-back production of luxury goods is scarcity (duh). Which means there's a "shortage" of Louis Vuitton handbags in Europe, and less good stuff to pick through at Loehmann's and Filene's. Boo-urns to that. [Business Week]
  • Meanwhile, Jimmy Choo's hideous Uggs collaboration sold out in Hong Kong the very month it launched. [WSJ]
  • A new study in the European Digest of Sociological Research finds that "when a lady wears red it prompts men to ask her more intimate questions and to sit closer to her." Science! Taking all the guess-work out of crucial first-date wardrobe questions since 1818. [NYTimes]
  • Sadly, Karl Lagerfeld's magical designer fashion island in Dubai will not be built, a casualty of our straitened times. [NYObs]
  • Macy's New York flagship store now offers "magic" mirrors in some of its dressing rooms. These are linked to tablet computers which allow one to scroll through various garments and try them on, digitally. [CNN]
  • For your delectation and/or offense, Racked has picked out eleven of awesome Times critic Cathy Horyn's choicest critical takedowns. [Racked]
  • Meanwhile, Horyn topped off Fashion Month by spending a week reporting in China. She writes: "Despite prices that are roughly 40 percent higher than they would be for the same handbag or dress in Paris or New York, Chinese consumers are shopping." [On The Runway]