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Layoffs at Barneys; Nicole Richie Does Lady Gaga

• Barneys is eliminating 76 positions. [WWD]

• Nicole Richie, who is not a musician, dresses up as Lady Gaga on the cover of BlackBook’s new music issue. Because no real musicians were available? [BlackBook]

• OMG, these people are going to be in town April 1 to celebrate the opening of Topshop: Kate Moss, Sir Philip Green, Lady Gaga, Santigold, and Mark Ronson! [NYP]

• Gap designer Patrick Robinson: “My aim is that the clothes should look three to four times more expensive than they are. I want the customer to look at the product and be surprised by the price. I want the collection to be affordable, but the product needs to be the attraction.” [British Vogue]

• Last week, ex-Vogue-assistant Paul Johnson-Calderon allegedly stole a lady’s handbag at the Eldridge. Here is a ridiculously long article about it. [NYP]

Layoffs at Barneys; Nicole Richie Does Lady Gaga