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  • Happy Birthday to Fern Mallis, largely credited as the founder of fashion week, who turns 65 today.
  • Just three months after settling a lawsuit with ex-husband Chris Burch, Tory Burch is back in the courtroom. The designer is suing Bluebell Accessories Inc., claiming it sold jewelry using Burch's signature interlocking-T pattern. [WWD]
  • China's First Lady Peng Liyuan may be the next political fashion icon to watch. [Huffington Post Style]
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  • Hermès made a shirt out of crocodile skin that costs $91,500. [Styleite]
  • Beyoncé is set to headline a concert called "The Sound of Change," which will benefit Gucci's Chime For Change campaign. [Telegraph]
  • Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger reveals his shopping addiction has led him to spend upwards of $600,000 over the past three years in the April issue of GQ. [GQ]
  • Fashion icon Lynn Dell's secret to instantly looking 20 years younger? Sunglasses. [Fashion Foie Gras]
  • Oscar de la Renta Childrenswear Creative Director Marissa Kraxberger advises against forcing children into trendy clothing: "I think it's more about what they're comfortable in," she said. [POPSUGAR Moms]
  • Shop the closet of Vena Cava's Lisa Mayock in Vaunte's latest sale. [PS Fashion News Inbox]
  • French actress Léa Seydoux shares a bit more than a banana split in Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola's first short film for Prada Candy L'Eau. [AnotherMag]
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
  • Next week, Coco Rocha will take over the website and social media channels of Sass & Bide, where she'll share self-styled looks as well as pictures shot with her own camera. [Vogue UK]
  • Vivienne Westwood lent the English National Ballet some of her most dramatic gowns for dancers to wear in its new ad campaign. [WWD]
  • Not to be outdone by Virgin Airlines' partnership with Banana Republic, American Airlines has enlisted Kaufman Franco to design uniforms for its entire staff. [Styleite]
  • Bernard Arnault has moved the bulk of his fortune from France to a private foundation based in Belgium in an attempt to prevent LVMH from breaking up if he dies in the next 10 years. [The Financial Times]
  • In time for Valentine's Day, Fleur du Mal is offering custom monogrammed lingerie. [Fashionologie Inbox]
  • In a cease-and-desist letter, PETA has asked Bebe to uphold its 2008 decision to stop selling fur. The animal rights organization claims the brand still sells items that include animal skins. [Fashionista]
  • Henry Holland says his casual attitude toward his Twitter account aligns with his brand's desire to be "open, inclusive, and something people want to buy into." [Refinery29]
  • With Fashion Week right around the corner, Fern Mallis revisits how falling plaster helped the industry organize its shows. [ArtInfo]
Photo via Sass & Bide
All the bits fit to print here, in our daily news roundup.
  • Set your clocks: Fern Mallis's 92Y interview with Betsy Johnson will be streamed online at 8:00 pm EST tonight. [Fashionologie Inbox]
  • Coco Rocha opened up about being a Jehovah's Witness in the latest issue of Du Jour: "There aren't many Witnesses who are in the public eye," she said. "So, yeah, it's hard sometimes when you're here alone. You're not there with someone who can hold your hand and say we'll do this together." [New York Post]
  • This Fashion Week, Vogue will host a "Fashion Hackathon", during which entrepreneurs, designes, and developers pitch digital concepts to compete for a grand prize of over $10,000. [Racked]
  • A new exhibit exploring Chanel's lifestyle and involvement with the arts has opened at the Guangzhou Opera House in China. [WWD]
  • DSquared² is launching its first line of childrenswear to debut in Spring 2014. [Vogue UK]
  • Grace Coddington stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to talk about her memoir, Grace, her modeling days before Vogue, and to give Jimmy the ultimate present. [Styleite]
  • Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
    • Alber Elbaz cast real people — and not models — between the ages of 18 and 80 for Lanvin's Fall 2012 campaign. [Styleite]
    • How much do the editors at Condé Nast really make? [Fashion Etc]
    • Fern Mallis says the government's outrage over Ralph Lauren's Olympic uniforms being manufactured in China wouldn't happen if it were possible to manufacture cost-efficient clothing in America. "If the government really wants to control [where the USA uniforms are made], then pay for the uniforms," she says. [Fashionista]
    • Nina Garcia is adding another highlight to her résumé: today JC Penney announced that it has hired Garcia as its new style voice. Garcia will advise the company on upcoming trends and give shoppers tips on how to wear the retailer's merchandise. [Nina Garcia]
    • Jessica Stam's best travel tip is to wear a comfortable dress when you're on an airplane. "Flying in jeans overnight is uncomfortable," Stam says. [Modelinia]
    • Jewelry designer Roberto Coin can last up to five days on no sleep — and when he does get some shut-eye, he only needs four or five hours to feel rested. "It's all about mind power," he says. "I have a lot of mind power." [Daily Front Row]
    • Charlotte Gainsbourg says the difference between London style and Parisian chic is that Londoners are freer and more eccentric. "Parisians are a little too serious and self conscious," she says. [Elle UK]
    • The CFDA has a new feature that offers an exclusive look inside the design studios of its members. First up: Cushnie et Ochs. [CFDA]