Stefano Pilati Talks Sex; Gap Cuts Costs With Paid Vacations

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Yves Saint Laurent designer Stefano Pilati's fashion philosophy: "For me, the main factor is the seduction factor. I want to look at a woman and feel seduced. I never touch the idea of sex. Sex [is] one of the most complicated things; it's too subjective … Sex for me is personal." [British Vogue]

Maison Martin Margiela is launching its first pre-collection called Avant Premiere next month, including accessories, shoes, and around 60 looks each for men and women. [British Vogue]

• Gap asked staff at its San Francisco corporate office to take a three-day paid vacation this week in an effort to cut costs. Yeah, somehow that saves them money. [WWD]

Tyson Beckford brushed off the chance to meet married actress Julianne Moore at the BlackBerry Bold launch party Tuesday. "Husbands don't like it when their wives are introduced to Tyson Beckford," he said. [NYP]

• For her annual Hulaween party, Bette Midler will dress as "community supported agriculture. Like a curly, frizzy green something with lots of feathers and a basket of heirloom tomatoes plus vegetables and a banner." [NYP]