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Lanvin Searches for Investor; St. John Ditches Angelina Jolie

St. John’s campaign: nary an Angelina in sight.Photo: Courtesy of St. John

• A French financial newspaper reports Lanvin owner Shaw-Lan Wang is trying to sell a 35 to 40 percent stake in the company. [WWD]

• After a three-year run with Angelina Jolie as its spokeswoman, the new St. John campaign features models who aren’t household names, shot by Mark Seliger with Kelly Gray as a creative consultant. [WWD]

• Jones Apparel Group acquired a 50 percent stake in Rachel Roy, which will enable her to expand to fragrance, home items, and a lower-priced line. Bring it. [WWD]

Vogue’s design director, Charles Churchward, is leaving his position after thirteen years to work on other projects he can’t get to when he has to go to an office every day. Anna Wintour doesn’t know who will replace him but says she’s not interested in a redesign. [WWD]

• The models on Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 most powerful celebrities include Gisele Bündchen (No. 66), Tyra Banks (No. 68), Heidi Klum (No. 78), and Kate Moss (No. 83); Hills stars include Lauren Conrad at 97. [Forbes]

• Here’s a preview of the clothes Topshop will sell at its first New York store. Get pumped. [Pipeline]

• Sales at consignment shops are up 15 percent since January. Even rich people don’t want to pay full price for designer clothes these days. [NYT]

• Fashion artist Kenneth Paul Block’s new book, Drawing Fashion: The Art of Kenneth Paul Block, includes a forward by Yves Saint Laurent and an introduction by Isaac Mizrahi. [NYP]

• Rachel Zoe was overheard in the bathroom at the Webbys saying someone who worked for her was sketching a dress that wasn’t quite silver and wasn’t quite gold. She’s calling it “gliver” and plans to get the term patented. Apparently she’s never heard of “copper.” [Fashionista]

Alessandra Ambrosio had her baby shower on the rooftop of the Gramercy Park Hotel during the heat wave with no air conditioning. Just reading that makes us sweaty. [NYP]

• The feathered Midnight Moth corset by Lee Klabin worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City was a made-to-order piece but is now available online for all. [British Vogue]

May Andersen is dating Dallas Maverick Jason Kidd, who’s currently in the middle of a divorce. [NYP]

Lanvin Searches for Investor; St. John Ditches Angelina Jolie