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Bryan Bradley Sells Tuleh; Karl Lagerfeld Sends Flowers

We’re guessing he didn’t use 1-800-FLOWERS.Photo: Getty Images

• Bryan Bradley sold a 49 percent stake in his label Tuleh to a private-equity firm. He needed better structure and readily available funds and stuff like that. [WWD]

• Karl Lagerfeld was unable to attend Yves Saint Laurent’s funeral yesterday, so he sent a huge bouquet of white orchids and roses. Aw. [Fashion Week Daily]

• How do you know Talbots is really in trouble right now? It’s cutting 9 percent of its corporate workforce and eliminating the position of chief operating officer — that’s how. [WWD]

• President and chief operating officer of Polo Ralph Lauren Retail Jeff Sherman is retiring. Now might not be a bad time (see above item). [WWD]

• Bar Refaeli is reportedly the new face of Hurley and filming a TV special with Tommy Hilfiger for Bravo. [NYP]

• Mango is launching a collection of T-shirts inspired by Barbie. But wait — there’s more! A Barbie-inspired capsule collection will debut this fall. Just what we all need. [Fashion Week Daily]

• Lauren Conrad’s new collection, Beach Butterfly, is now available for preorder online. Despite the name, it looks like it’s meant to be worn by grown-ups. [FabSugar]

• Versace will design the interiors of a luxury residential skyscraper set to open in 2010 in Panama. Random. [WWD]

• Isaac Mizrahi learned how to make his own hair pomade because his favorite, Black Diamond, has been discontinued. He says if he starts selling it, he’ll call it “I-Hair.” [NYP]

• Isaac Mizrahi vlogs about the stresses of his “Spa” collection (the one that falls between spring and fall — get it? har). He says he has many mood swings during this time. [IsaacMizrahiNY]

• Gavin Rosdale on Gwen Stefani’s style: “It’s like marrying three different people a week, because you never know who’s going to come out of the bathroom … Her five-minute look is my favorite. She looks perfect unmade-up.” [NYP]

Bryan Bradley Sells Tuleh; Karl Lagerfeld Sends Flowers