Women Will Buy Less Makeup Next Year; Claire’s Wants Older Customers

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• Women are expected to reduce cosmetics purchases by 9 percent in 2010. [WWD]

• Claire's stores in Europe are revamping to attract 18-year-olds. The love of 7- to 13-year-olds alone is not enough in the recession. [WWD]

• David Colman loves Mxyplyzyk because they have neat things like candles that look like ticking bombs. [NYT]

Elle creative director Joe Zee was shopping at Sur la Table and a salesperson asked if he needed a rice cooker. His tweeted reaction: "WTF!" [Jezebel]

• Lady Gaga: "My dad was at a show the other night and afterwards he said, 'Do you think your fans are smart?' and I said, 'Oh hell yeah, my fans are smart,' and he said, 'You know what, I was thinking the same thing during the show.' ... They remade my music videos, they designed clothes for me. They wrote poetry and made films and designed all sort of amazing paintings." [Mirror UK]