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  • The CFDA and Ebay have tapped over 90 designers, including J. Mendel (left) and Prabal Gurung, to design tote bags for its third "You Can't Fake Fashion" initiative. Look for the totes exclusively online on March 18. [Harper's Bazaar]
  • Diane von Furstenberg and Andrew Rosen are teaming up to host Open Market, an evening of food, cocktails, and fashion to benefit the Meatpacking District Improvement Association. []
  • The Great Gatsby is set to open the Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 15. [The New York Times]
  • Simon Doonan attributes his signature sense of humor to his upbringing: "It's a big part of being English — not taking things too seriously, debunking things." [The Business of Fashion]
  • Elle Macpherson has gotten engaged to longtime boyfriend Jeffrey Soffer. [Page Six]
  • GQ Deputy Editor Michael Hainey has an affinity for artful prose: "I've always wanted to be a poet. That's how I started writing," he said. "Poetry teaches you to sort of crystallize your thinking." [MR PORTER]
  • Jenna Lyons has 289 pairs of shoes — or as she refers to them: shiny ponies. [POPSUGAR Style & Trends]
  • Disneyland Paris will hold a fashion show to celebrate its 20th anniversary later this month, featuring designs from the likes of Alber Elbaz and Philip Treacy. [Vogue UK]
  • Will we see another Tom Ford movie hit theaters soon? [Telegraph]
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
  • Simon Doonan has had some pretty great Halloween costumes over the years. He calls the one above, from 2003, "an old queen dressed as an old queen." [The Cut]
  • Rumor has it Hedi Slimane will design the wardrobe for The Rolling Stones' upcoming tour — but so far mum's the word from Yves Saint Laurent. [Vogue UK]
  • Jason Wu will introduce the Grand Tourista bag, a canvas and leather tote he designed for the St. Regis Hotel, next month. Priced at $1,995, it will be available on the hotel's website. [WWD]
  • Treana Peake's obsession with Sudan led her to hire five models from the African nation as her brand ambassadors this season. [Elle]
  • What would Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Rachel Zoe, Anna Dello Russo, and Bryan Boy all imagined in miniature form look like? We have the answer. [The Coveteur]
>> Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
  • 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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