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  • Maison Martin Margiela is working with G-Shock to produce a limited-edition timepiece celebrating the watchmaker's 30th anniversary. []
  • Meanwhile, Hermès introduced its latest watch design, the Dressage Chrono, with a modern dance performance entitled "Time in Motion." [The New York Times]
  • Taylor Tomasi Hill is into the revival of '90s grunge: "Dries Van Noten's combination of florals and plaids were a sophisticated take on [the trend]," she added. [The Zoe Report] [break]More of the fashion news you need to know, right here.[/break]
  • Valerie Steele's new book for Taschen, Fashion Designers A-Z, is not a visual encyclopedia of the fashion history: "The key idea was [to present] a portrait of the museum's collection," she said. [WWD]
  • Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger has checked into a rehabilitation facility after revealing his shopping addiction in the April issue of GQ. [The Cut]
  • Louis Vuitton will host a photo exhibition with Tom Craig and Bay Garnett as a part of the Vogue UK festival next month. [Vogue UK]
  • Devyn Abdullah is the winner of The Face. [The Huffington Post]
  • Cate Blanchett has inked a $10 million deal with Giorgio Armani to become the face of its fragrance line for women. [POPSUGAR Beauty]
  • Happy 27th birthday, Lady Gaga!
    All the bits fit to print here, in our daily news roundup.
  • The costumes Emilio Pucci created for Rita Ora's upcoming Radioactive Tour feature key themes from the brand's Spring 2013 collection. [Fashionologie Inbox]
  • Did Anna Wintour lose the ambassadorship because of her boyfriend's taxes? [Telegraph]
  • Ten individuals were arrested in Bucharest for stealing about $2.7 million of Giorgio Armani merchandise in December. [WWD]
  • Vogue Thailand hit newsstands last week — and almost immediately sold out. The publication's Editor-in-Cheif, Kullawit Laosuksri, is the first male EIC of any Vogue edition. [The Nation]
  • Steven Alan is teaming up with Beauty & Youth United Arrows to open three stores in Japan this April. "They're very much a company similar to us," Steven Alan said of United Arrows. "They've promoted great designers and really understand the Japanese market." [WWD]
  • It turns out women owe the existence of high-heels to the men of the Persian military. The soldiers of the 16th century originated the heels as a way to hook themselves into their stirrups while riding into battle. [Jezebel]
  • Meanwhile, Dr. Valerie Steele, the director and chief curator at The Museum at FIT, says that we can attribute the ever-growing height of heels in the 21st century to an "acceptance of hypersexual shoe design as part of fashion." []
  • The upcoming exhibition Mannequin- le corps de la mode at Paris's Cité de la Mode et du Design charts the evolution of modeling from the 19th century to the present day. [New York Daily News]
  • South Korean designer Minju Kim is the winner of this year's H&M design award. [Vogue UK]
  • Hedi Slimane designed more than just the clothes in Saint Laurent's latest boutique in Bal Harbour — he was also the building's architect. [Fashionologie Inbox]
All the news bits fit to print here, in our daily roundup.
  • Cara Delevingne graces the cover of's Spring 2013 issue, which hits newsstands Nov. 5. [Fashion Etc.]
  • Singer Rita Ora has replaced Alexa Chung as the face of Superga and will appear in the brand's Spring 2013 campaign. [MTV Style]
  • Speaking of campaigns, Olivia Thirlby will star in the ads for Prabal Gurung's upcoming collaboration with Target. Thirlby was spotted shooting the campaign with the designer in New York this weekend. [Fashionista]
  • Proof that body art can be chic: Dior has released a set of temporary tattoos made from 24-karat gold priced at $120. [Fashion Indie]
  • So, what did Donna Karan and Valerie Steele discuss at this weekend's Designers & Books Fair at FIT? Life and death, of course. [The Cut]
  • Vivienne Westwood showed her support for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by paying him a visit in London. On Nov. 3, Westwood will take her support one step further when she starts selling t-shirts online to support WikiLeaks' work. [WWD]
  • Suzy Menkes says wool is making a comeback. [The New York Times]
  • H&M has been accused of underpaying its workers in Cambodia. [The Daily Telegraph]
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
  • Grace Coddington's new autobiography doesn't just reveal facts about her life; it also exposes a hidden talent for illustration. A few of her hand-drawn and often comical images will be included in Grace: A Memoir when it goes on sale Nov. 20. [Vogue]
  • Karl Lagerfeld and Kanye West reportedly had lunch together at New York's Mercer Hotel this week, where they appeared to be discussing the business of fashion. "They were in a deep conversation, then later appeared to be getting devices out to discuss design ideas," a source said. [Page Six]
  • Valerie Steele will interview Donna Karan about her life and career in fashion on Saturday during the Designers and Books Fair in New York City. The event, which brings together the design, literary, and architecture communities, will be held at the Fashion Institute of Technology. [Designers & Books]
  • Courtney Love has unveiled the first designs for her new clothing line, Never the Bride. "This is the stuff that I would wear if I was young enough to not look like Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane," Love explained. [Vogue UK]
  • Stuart Weitzman today released the full version of its short film Walking After Midnight, starring Petra Nemcova and directed by James Franco, after a month of unveiling previews of it online. [YouTube]
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