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Fashion journalist Colin McDowell hopes Raf Simons will stay true to himself at Dior. "He must look into his heart and mind, remember what makes him unique, and forget all about the Dior archive. It has been endlessly examined and re-examined and generally done to death already. Raf Simons has a strongly individual aesthetic. He has no need to lean on the past." [Vogue UK]
Azzedine Alaia will open a flagship location — his first store in 10 years! — near Avenue Montaigne in Paris next Spring. [InStyle]
Sales of glossy red paint have grown by 40 percent in London. Retailers claim women are buying the paint in order to create DIY Louboutins. [Telegraph UK]
Ralph Lauren's London Olympic Opening Ceremony uniforms have finally been revealed, and they're pretty chic — right down to their navy berets. [Fashion Foie Gras]
Speaking of chic reveals, Mulberry has unveiled its latest bag, the Bryn. Based on the brand's signature Brynmore men's satchel, the Bryn comes in a variety of very ladylike hues. [Fashion Etc]
J.Crew's former head of women's design Marissa Webb is launching her own eponymous line next Spring. Will it look like J.Crew? "The honest answer is, in my mind, no," Webb says. "But after being at J.Crew for 11 years, a lot of my own personal aesthetic is in J.Crew because that was my job." [WWD]
You've seen the print ads, and now there's a video. Kate Moss stars in Ferragamo's Fall 2012 video, which features the supermodel strutting mysteriously about in Berlin's opulent Russian embassy, her hair done up in a very enviable braided bun. [Elle]
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- Alber Elbaz will join Vogue UK editor Alexandra Shulman and Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared2 to judge the European section of the International Woolmark Competition. The competition, in which young designers create garments from Australian merino wool, saw Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent compete against each other in 1954. [Vogue UK]
- According to Mulberry's creative director Emma Hill, Hermès will destroy its products if they're not up to the brand's standards. "A friend who was working at Hermès said that if there was even the most minor imperfection on a bag they would take it out the back and burn it — no compromise," she said. [Fashionista]
- Mary-Kate Olsen was spotted walking with Olivier Sarkozy, whom she is reportedly dating, in New York City's West Village this week. [The Cut]
- Natalia Vodianova pays tribute to pinup girls from the '40s and '50s in her newest magazine cover, GQ Russia. [The Huffington Post]
- The world's four largest sellers of clothing — Inditex (which owns Zara), H&M, The Gap, and Uniqlo — are the focus of a new study comparing everything from the number of global stores each chain has to how much its jeans cost. [Racked]
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Lindsey Wixson — who recently celebrated her 18th birthday — wears Gucci on the cover of Numéro's June/July 2012 issue. [Design Scene]
Mulberry's Del Rey bag hits the brand's SoHo store in New York today. In honor of the launch, the label will offer manicures inspired by the bag's namesake, Lana Del Rey, from 5:30 until 8 p.m. tonight. [Fashion Etc.]
Giorgio Armani will host a series of fashion-related Q&A sessions on Twitter. Dubbed #ArmaniTweetTalks, the discussions will feature notable guests such as Yoox founder Federico Marchetti, Susanna Lau, and Tommy Ton. The series starts June 1 with Vogue China editor in chief Angelica Cheung as the special guest. [Armani]
Taylor Tomasi Hill and Creatures of the Wind designers Shane Gabier and Chris Peters are among those who sing the praises of — and show off their favorite — Comme des Garcons pieces ahead of Rei Kawakubo's upcoming CFDA honor. [Style]
Speaking of the CFDAs: Jessica Paré, Lily Collins, and Jessica Chastain will present awards at the ceremony next week. Chastain will present the award for womenswear, while Paré will present the accessories awards. Collins will present all the Swarovski Awards for Emerging Talent. [The Cut]
Richard Nicoll's new bridal line for Topshop, titled "Tie The Knot!", has been revealed. "I liked the idea of making a modern affordable alternative to meringue culture," the designer said of the seven-piece range. [Fashionista]
H&M released its Fall 2012 lookbook earlier this month, and now there's a video version. Watch it below. [Fashionologie Inbox]
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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]