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  • Fairchild Fashion Media, the company that owns WWD and, announced today that it has acquired Fashion Networks International LLC, which owns NowManifest. The site plays host to blogs written by Bryanboy, Anna Dello Russo, Elin Kling, and Derek Blasberg, among others. [Fashion Etc.]
  • Kristen Stewart wears both men's and women's clothing in the June issue of Elle. In one photo, she plays both a man in a tailored Balenciaga suit and a woman in a Tom Ford crocodile bustier. [Elle]
  • Jean Paul Gaultier took his first trip to China this week for a presentation of his Fall 2012 ready-to-wear and couture collections. The show drew a crowd of almost a thousand people. Gaultier joins Dior, Chanel, Burberry, and other European brands that have presented special shows or exhibitions in China, Taiwan, and Japan. [WWD]
  • Indonesia's national police have canceled Lady Gaga's June 3 concert in Jakarta after religious groups and conservative lawmakers protested against her sometimes racy choreography and stage costumes. The police said they decided to deny a permit because they couldn't guarantee security at the concert, which would have hosted the largest audience of Gaga's "Born This Way" tour in Asia. [The Cut]
  • Tyra Banks wrote an open letter to aspiring models in light of Vogue's new Health Initiative, encouraging women all over the world to embrace their flaws. "Vogue has the power to make and break—whether it's fashion trends, designers, models, and yes, even industry practices," Banks writes. "Their bold stance means that others will follow." [The Daily Beast]
  • Rachel Roy has revealed the details of how she and her date Solange Knowles got ready for the Met Gala. In between getting her makeup done and a final dress fitting, Roy squeezed in a "quick phone call to the office" and "a little negotiation on some fabric prices." [Stylelist]
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  • Jean Paul Gaultier has been named to the nine-member panel of the Cannes Film Festival, alongside actors Ewan McGregor and Diane Kruger. Gaultier, a longtime film lover, will help the panel select the winner for the Palme d'Or, Cannes's biggest prize. "We have a tradition of inviting people who we know are cinephiles but who are not necessarily in cinema," said Cannes director Thierry Fremaux. [Vogue UK]
  • Alexander Wang got name-checked in a recent song from South African group Die Antwoord — a fitting thank-you note after Wang cast the group in his T by Alexander Wang Spring 2012 campaign. On the track "Hey Sexy," lead vocalist Ninja raps, "I know how to get da dough, I know how to spend da dough/ Rockin' Alexander Wang from head-to-toe." [The Cut]
  • Simon Doonan wants to know why people have lost their fascination with accomplishment. In a new column, Doonan compares society's past reverence for people like playwright Arthur Miller with the current verve for Kim Kardashian. "During the last century, consummate skill was HOT!" he writes. "Now it would appear to have become a giant turnoff." [Slate]
  • Lara Stone's border terrier puppy Bert got his 15 minutes of fame this week when the model tweeted a picture of him wearing Mulberry's Doggy Kagool denim hoodie. "OMG! Mr Bert loves his new jean hoodie!" she wrote. "Thank you so much @Mulberry_Editor #TooCute." Too cute indeed. [Marie Claire UK]
  • Prada partnered with artist Vahram Muratyan on a series of GIFs that celebrate its Spring 2012 throwback to 1950s Americana. Each of the moving images depicts a stylized version of something in that collection, from shoes with decorative tail lights to colorfully decorated aviator sunglasses. [Trendland]
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