Zooey Deschanel Loves Prada’s ‘Intellect’; Herald Square Scares Shoppers

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• Zooey Deschanel loves the "spirit and intellect" of Prada, according to her stylist. Wow, what is she? A fashion critic or something? [Gawker]

• Shoppers are scared to frequent Herald Square stores after dark because of "unsavory characters" who hang out by the pedestrian plaza between West 33rd and 34th Streets. [Racked]

• A bright-pink-haired Nicki Minaj wears pieces from Prada's spring 2012 collection on the new cover of Wonderland magazine. [Design Scene]

• The Council of Fashion Designers of America will team up with shopping site OpenSky.com to sell accessories from collections designed by CFDA members. [WWD]

• The new line of TOMS ballet flats debuted this morning — at 12:01 to be precise. Did you stay up past midnight to secure your first pair — or pairs, even? [SheFinds]

• H&M named Danish designer Stine Riis the winner of its first annual international H&M Design Award, which means she gets $65,750 and fifteen of her pieces produced by H&M. [WWD]

• On January 19, President Obama signed an executive order giving the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State 60 days to come up with a plan to process visa applications from China and Brazil more quickly. Bloomingdale’s CEO Michael Gould is already seeing dollar signs: “We’re expecting an enormous uptick in growth,” he said. “We have the kind of brands that are highly respected by these visitors, and the faster they can get here the better.”  [Bloomberg]

• Designer Bruno Pieters (previously of Hugo Boss) debuted an environmentally friendly clothing line and an accompanying website, which gives customers full disclosure on where their new clothing was sourced and produced. Now, you can tell people how ecoconscious you are at length when they ask about your outfit. [Financial Times]

• American Eagle opens its first store in Israel tomorrow. [WWD]

• Vogue asked five street-style photographers, including Altamira's Craig Arend and Street Peeper's Phil Oh, who they are looking forward to shooting this coming fashion week. So look for their picks — mostly unknown names in the street-style game — to break out this season. [Vogue]