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Marchesa Wins Award; Marc Jacobs Says He’s Not Like Warhol

• Marchesa won the Best Business category at Britain’s Best 2008 Awards last night. The label’s annual retail sales are more than $30 million. [British Vogue]

• H&M is opening a women’s-only department store in Saudi Arabia in attempt to bring more women into the workforce there. Hooray! [British Vogue]

• Marc Jacobs on being likened to Andy Warhol in the June/July issue of Interview: “I don’t think of myself that way. Warhol is Warhol. He’s practically a god. I thought, ‘I’m going to get a lot of hell for this.’” [WWD]

• “Queen of Mean” Leona Helmsley’s clothes were auctioned yesterday. The Chanel skirt suit she wore as she headed to prison (serving a sentence for tax evasion) went for $850, a sable coat fetched $6,000, and a beaded red Bob Mackie evening gown went for $3,200. [NYDN]

• Botox is sponsoring GenArt’s Styles 2008 fashion show tonight not because fashion people don’t want to be wrinkly, but because it helps fight hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, which affects the colors and fabrics sufferers can wear. [WWD]

• Cynthia Nixon on Sex and the City: “I worry more about the younger women that believe that somehow because we dress this way in the series and in the movie that somehow they think we’re real and that they should be dressing this way. And that every day, their hair has to be done, they have to be wearing high heels, a different dress every day, and a how ever many thousand dollar handbag. I worry more about the girls who just sort of follow us like a blueprint.” We concur! [FabSugar]

• Giorgio Armani had a party in Italy to celebrate twenty years of making designer eyewear. [WWD]

• Nicole Kidman wants Patrick Demarchelier to take pictures of her pregnant. But she wants to wait until her belly’s really big. [NYDN]

• Pale denim is surprisingly glamorous with sparkles or silky tops. [Times UK]

• The moon dress by Roland Mouret is a “work of genius.” Here’s a slideshow of Victoria Beckham and other celebrities looking smashing in this creation and others by him. [Guardian]

• Petra Nemcova is supposedly trying to get Sean Penn’s attention at the Cannes Film Festival by wearing slinky low-cut dresses. [NYDN]

Marchesa Wins Award; Marc Jacobs Says He’s Not Like Warhol