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Fashion In 50 Seconds 10/23/08

Preen's exclusive cruise collection for Net-a-Porter has arrived and "has already been doing gangbusters business in preorders" and so everyone is linking everywhere, talkin' about the dresses and what a 'bold move' it was. Anyway, who knew it'd be a slow news week, or else we would have taken more pictures at the preview we went to in July

Italian spy scandal! Gucci's getting wrapped up in something that involves "the use of official secrets" which makes us want to get a crew together and make a short film about this whole thing starting with when Facchinetti's phone got taped back in the nineties. In all seriousness, there is an investigation happening and WWD is trying to put the pieces together

And on the home front...political scandal in the form of department store shopping sprees. Palin recent shopping bill hovers around 150,000 dollars so everyone's wondering if this is some kind of bail out plan for the economy or of she's catching the heat from the fashion industry's response to how put together Michelle Obama looks all the time. 

Camilla Staerk is folding. The brand continued after its founder and namesake left in 2006 (and started anew under just, Steark) and the Copenhagan label thought it could continue without her. Guess not. 

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