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Miuccia Prada Is the New Anna Wintour

Do you have a calendar on your cubicle wall? Perhaps a photo or a Post-it note tacked up here or there? If so, and you work at the Prada offices, you might want to put that crap away now or face unemployment.

Miu Miu Helps Models Remember Their Names

By the end of Paris Fashion Week, models are beyond frazzled. They’ve strutting up and down catwalks for four weeks now, traveling like crazy and … well, we won’t even touch on their eating habits. After a hectic month of shows, the girls' minds might not be as sharp as they were at the beginning of February. They're tired, they're confused, they're prone to error. So at Miu Miu, Miuccia gave the girls a hand by putting their initials on each of the outfits, just to prevent any backstage dressing-area confusion. Always stylishly err on the side of caution, right?

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]

At Least Sam Zell Is Pragmatic About the Fact That Most Journalists Are Functional Alcoholics

MEDIA • Sam Zell, the real-estate tycoon turned media mogul, took his brusque, fake-folksy style to his minions at the Tribune with a new employee manual. A few samples: "7.1. If you use or abuse alcohol or drugs and fail to perform the duties required by your job acceptably, you are likely to be terminated. … Coming to work drunk is bad judgment. 7.2. If you do not use or abuse alcohol or drugs and fail to perform the duties required by your job acceptably, you are likely to be terminated." Also, "You may want to think twice before you enter into an intimate relationship with a co-worker. When you start, it might seem like a good idea. It’s when you stop, or the wrong people find out (and they will) that you could discover that perhaps it wasn’t." [WP, Tribune] • Judith Regan on Giuliani: "Is he getting uglier? Is his face looking more twisted? What happened to him?" Don't feel too bad, Rudy. You know what they say: When someone teases you like this, it means she likes you. [Mixed Media/Portfolio] • Facebook threatened to revoke Nick Denton's account after the blog-lord posted pics of Steve Brill's recent-college-grad daughter Emily. [Gawker, Daily Brief/Portfolio]

Former Cravath Associate Pleads Guilty to Sex Crimes

LAW • James Colliton, the former Cravath associate embroiled in a sex-crimes suit, got a lighter sentence after he admitted to paying a mother for sex with her two teenage girls. [Law Blog/WSJ] • Debevoise and Plimpton's marquee new hire, the former attorney general of the U.K., has a few scuffs on his highly polished shoes: He carried on an affair while in office with a leading woman barrister. [Above the Law] • When $1,000 an hour isn't enough, premium billing — a kind of law-firm tip for a job well done — is the best way to really start raking in the profits. [DealBook/NYT]