Anna Wintour to Receive Award from Nicolas Sarkozy; Joan Vass Passed Away at Age 85

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• Nicolas Sarkozy is reportedly presenting Anna Wintour with France's highest honor, the Legion d'Honneur, this year. [Vogue UK]

Rochas is rolling out its first pre-fall collection since Marco Zanini became creative director in 2008. [WWD]

Tommy Hilfiger is expected to design clothing for Lady Gaga and the Rolling Stones through MESH (Music and Entertainment and Sports Holdings), a company he co-founded with investors Li & Fung last July. [Vogue UK]

• Knitwear designer Joan Vass died in her sleep last Thursday at age 85. [NYT]

Perry Ellis is buying Rafaella Apparel Group Inc. for $70 million. [WWD]

Mulberry is opening its first U.S. flagship store. The new Soho location will be their third store in Manhattan. [Refinery 29]