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Ferré Eyeballs 6267 Designers; Banana Republic’s Rocky U.K. Start

The boys of 6267.Photo: Getty Images

• A day after being cuddled by Cathy Horyn, the designers behind Italian label 6267 Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi may be on tap to take over Ferré, which could use some help since the sudden departure of Lars Nilsson last month. [WWD]

• Banana Republic is not off to a stellar start in the U.K. The retailer opened its first store in London this week but is now dealing with allegations by a London paper that Banana Republic factories in India have terrible working conditions. [WWD]

Heatherette’s line for M.A.C hit counters yesterday, and the design duo is already talking about their next beauty venture. They plan to start working on a fragrance with Estée Lauder after next season. We’ve always wondered what assless chaps smelled like. [WWD]

Diane Von Furstenberg will show her resort collection on the runway in Florence this summer at a “spectacular private home” with a fourteen-acre garden. She also just launched a line of watches with H. Stern; the timepieces are engraved with meditation aphorisms. How Zen. [WWD]

• Hooray to the end of shipping charges! Victoria’s Secret swimwear will be available in stores for the first time ever this season. [FabSugar]

Oscar de la Renta’s right-hand man Boaz Mazor was handcuffed in a traffic-related kerfuffle with cops when he was on the way to the opera. He complained the handcuffs “hurt,” received a summons, and says was treated unfairly. [NYP]

• Former male model Bruce Hulse wrote a memoir about his days in the fashion spotlight, detailing liaisons with female models like Naomi Campbell and Elle Macpherson. [NYDN]

• The Hills girls are on the covers of celebrity weekly magazines every week, always with headlines like “I Was Betrayed” or “I Design Questionable Clothes.” And now they’ve got Audrina’s nude photos to talk about. [NYDN]

Ferré Eyeballs 6267 Designers; Banana Republic’s Rocky U.K. Start