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Teachers Alter Shopping Habits; Hedi Slimane’s New Men’s ‘Vogue’ Cover Debuts

• Teachers are among the hardest hit by the recession, reportedly spending less on clothes, waiting for sales, and changing where they shop, according to a WWD survey. [WWD]

Calvin Klein Inc. signed a new licensing agreement with G-III Apparel Group to add more women’s sportswear and outerwear to its repertoire beginning next spring. [WWD]

• Lutz & Patmos, known for tapping a new guest designer every season, will collaborate with fashion icon Jane Birkin, whose designs for the label will bow at New York’s Fashion Week. [Nylon]

• The cover of the first issue of Japanese Men’s Vogue shot by Hedi Slimane is out! [Models.com]

• The new Halston bags are disappointing bag snobs. Commenters say their brown, slouchy sack bag, which costs $2,495, looks more suited to a rack at the Gap. [Bag Snob]

• The House of Lords Science Committee condemned the British fashion industry yesterday for encouraging a “throwaway society” with the rise of fast-fashion retailers adding to “commercial and domestic waste”. [The Independent]

Betsey Johnson said she kissed Anna Nicole Smith right before Smith died: “She came to my rocker-chick show. She was wearing one of those dotted net see-through things with roses on her bullet bra underneath. It was when she was doing TrimSpa, and she looked really beautiful.” [NYP]

• Young Patrons of Lincoln Center will honor Zac Posen this October for his work on behalf of arts education. We smell a soirée in Tinsley Mortimer’s future. [British Vogue]

• Carolina Herrera Jr. on girls who try to dress like they’re in Sex and the City: “The shoes fit badly, their bag is too big, they’re not used to having 100 necklaces on their neck. There’s nothing wrong with being trendy if that’s what you’ve been doing all your life.” [NYP]

• Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt might marry live on TV. But not until she gets her engagement ring. Oh, Spencer — why are you keeping us in such torturous suspense? [NYDN]

Teachers Alter Shopping Habits; Hedi Slimane’s New Men’s ‘Vogue’ Cover Debuts