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  • Roopal Patel, who had been fashion director of Moda Operandi since November 2011, quietly left the position at the beginning of the Summer. Patel has been vacationing in Corsica and Saint-Tropez while considering her next career move. [WWD]
  • If home is where the heart is, then Joan Smalls's heart is with her family in Puerto Rico. [Vogue]
  • Diane von Furstenberg will partner with Roxy on a lower-priced line of swimsuits, bags, cover-ups, and other beach essentials. [FabSugar]
  • Leandra Medine, better known as the Man Repeller, has broken down how her popular style blog makes money. "I have a storefront, but that generates no more than 10 percent. Ads must be 30 percent. Collaborations bring in 60 percent," she says. [Business of Fashion]
  • Actress Rachel Weisz is the second woman to wear a dress from Raf Simons's premiere collection for Christian Dior in public. [The Cut]
  • Christian Siriano will open his first store in New York's Nolita neighborhood, just in time for Fashion's Night Out. [Refinery29]
  • Speaking of store openings, Tadashi Shoji celebrated the opening of its new Shanghai flagship store last week. [Fashionologie Inbox]
  • Model Jacquetta Wheeler celebrated her nuptials at an ancient English country castle. [Vogue]
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
  • 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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