The Stock Market Is Like a Bridal Sale; Sales Hit Sooner This Year

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• Though consumer confidence hit an all-time low yesterday, retail stocks went up 13.6 percent. “It was like the bridal gown sale at Filene’s Basement — investors just rushed through the doors and bought up those heavily discounted stocks,” says an economist. [WWD]

• Department stores are offering discounts sooner than in the past in an effort to get people to, you know, shop. More sales? Bring it! [WWD]

Naomi Campbell will host the opening of a photo exhibition at Art Basel in Miami in December featuring shots of her in states of undress. [NYP]

• Elton John only eats off Versace dishware because he believes they embody the designer's spirit. [NYP]

• In a survey conducted by the London– and New York–based finishing school High Society Secrets, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Keira Knightley, and Thandie Newton were voted the most sophisticated women in the world. Carla Bruni also made the list, obviously. [British Vogue]