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Roberto Cavalli Up for Sale; Model Agencies Feud

If you want to buy Roberto Cavalli's company, you better have around $1.89 billion saved; Next and Elite model agencies get into a catfight; and brunettes marry richer men than blondes.

Americans Are Over Bling, But China and Russia Aren't!

Are you the kind of person who hears the words "economy" or "emerging markets" and immediately thinks, Economy eshmonomy, emerging markets cookie whatever? If so, and you care about fashion, now is the time to change your tune. The economy does indeed affect what you wear (crap), because designers create their wares based on what you're in a position to buy.

Are Anna Wintour and Europe Slowly Going to War?

You know what? We're just going to go ahead and say it: Clearly some Europeans are hinting at war with Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Yesterday we learned Giorgio Armani said he was "indifferent" to her Bobness while he was standing onstage right next to her during a press conference for the Costume Institute Gala's "Superheroes" exhibit.

Anna Wintour Continues to Wear This One Prada Dress

This morning in Milan, the Met's Costume Institute held a press conference on its upcoming … oh, whatever, doesn't matter, it's something about superheroes. What matters is that Her Vogueness Anna Wintour attended, wearing the bright little Prada number pictured above. Cute, but is that not the exact same Prada dress she wore twice in weeks past at Armani Privé and Peter Som? Why, yes, yes, it is. If it works for Anna, then we suppose Anna can work it all she wants.

Valentino Scorches His Fellow Designers on the Way Out

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Nobody knows how to burn bridges like a fashion designer on the way out. Valentino, the Italian womenswear legend who retires this month after 45 years in the industry, decided to go right for the toiles in an interview with reporters this week. "I certainly won't miss the fashion world. It's ruined! Everybody's doing the same things. What's missing is challenge, creativity, cheerfulness. These days it's all about numbers! To continue working in an environment which says nothing in particular to me would be a bore," he sniffed. "This environment is no longer stimulating." In case that criticism wasn't specific enough for you, the 77-year-old took aim at some of his longtime colleagues in the industry. On Miuccia Prada: "[She] knows what she wants … even if we don't share ideas about clothes." On Giorgio Armani: "In the course of 40 years, he has created a great style — but vulgar." On Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana: "[They were] shy at the beginning — now arrogant." On Donatella Versace: "[Her brother] Gianni's talent was unique — but what grit she has!" Valentino will be replaced at his eponymous company by former Gucci designer Alessandra Facchinetti as the company tries to expand. Asked about her talent, Valentino turned generous. "I've met her," he said. "She's pretty." Valentino takes parting shot at 'ruined' industry [London Independent]

California Visitor Actually a Displaced New Yorker

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California legal secretary Colleen Delee took a break from shopping on Rodeo Drive to wear her Fendi fur in New York, where it’s actually cold enough for animal skins. But is that the only difference between New York and Los Angeles? Of course not. Delee shares her insights (and her recommendations on custom shoes) in this week’s Video Look Book. Video Look Book: Colleen Delee