Audrey Tautou to Attend Met Gala; Sales Hit Early to Boost Shopping

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• OMG, the Met gala is tonight! And so many famous people are going! In today's reports on the slew we learn Audrey Tautou will attend in Chanel and Jourdan Dunn in Bill Blass by Peter Som. [WWD]

• Nobody's buying designer clothes in these economic times so stores like Saks are marking things way down to get you to shop and get rid of merchandise. God forbid they have any leftovers lying around. [WWD]

• Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon was surprised by how fashionably Chinese people dress on a recent trip to Beijing. Well, somebody has to buy those designer clothes we aren't! [WWD]

• However, retail sales of p.j.'s, lingerie, and underwear aren't bad. Understandably so, since the innerwear industry is coming out with items like Cosabella's seamless lace thong and cleverly naming them: "It's made of custom Italian lace of Lycra [spandex] and nylon, and is available in one-size-fits-all with a stretch capacity of 136 percent. There's a high-rise style we call 'the booty,' a low-style called 'the cutie,' and HotPants," says a Cosabella rep. [WWD]

• Model Taylor Fuchs loves pizza but tries not to eat too much of it. [Grub Street]

• Wal-Mart is probably going to expand to Russia because people that live there are dying for a one-stop shop. Proves the grass really is always greener. [WWD]

• Miuccia Prada on her spring collection: "Before, I wanted to show women as tough and powerful so I used thick fabrics … fabrics with dignity. Shapes were vertical to represent strength. But I discovered women like soft, they like pretty. It was hard for me because if you use soft fabrics and cut on the bias, it is boring, all it does is show the body. So I did a new soft with experimental prints and fabrics." [Independent]

• Someone stole a $3,000 Schott leather jacket from a pre-auction party in the Soho Grand penthouse attended by people like Rumer Willis and Agyness Deyn. Christie's needs new security mechanisms. [NYP]

• Elisabeth Hasselbeck used to tie a sweater around her waist when she jogged to hide her ass. She has since come to terms with her "bubble butt" and discusses it in detail in the June issue of Fitness magazine because we were all so curious. [NYP]

• This blogger lusted after a blue leather bag at Saks that — even though everyone around her was eyeing a different Marc by Marc Jacobs turquoise tote she tried on — she just had to have. She didn't purchase it immediately, and almost lost it, but after pestering a sales associate obtained it for Sunday Mass. Whew! [Blogdorf Goodman]