Buyers Like Milan Collections; Reiss to Launch Diffusion Line

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From left, Versace, Blumarine, and Pollini. Photo: Courtesy of Badgley Mischka

• Buyers were pleased with Milan's fall 2009 collections but hope designers work with them on pricing. [WWD]

• Reiss is launching a diffusion line, to hit stores in August. [BlackBook]

Badgley Mischka's twentieth-anniversary spring ad campaign stars Eva Longoria Parker, Carrie Underwood, Brooke Shields, Lauren Hutton, Anjelica Huston, and the designers themselves, shot by Annie Leibovitz. Great photo, but something about seeing Carrie Underwood in the same context as Anjelica Huston feels ... off. [Off the Rack/People]

• Barack Obama and Gordon Brown wore nearly identical suits when they met yesterday, but "although undoubtedly spitted and polished for the occasion, [Brown] looked only vaguely smarter than a regional bank manager." Obama, however, looked "sleek and relaxed." [Guardian UK]

• Jennifer Lopez received $50,000 worth of Robert Mouawad diamonds and Andrea Lieberman's entire new ALC collection for attending a party celebrating the line's launch at Barneys in L.A. The woman is not a cheap date. [NYP]