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Chanel Employees Stage Protest; Charlize Theron Designs Shoes

• Two hundred Chanel employees protested at the French headquarters yesterday, demanding to get a 2.5 percent salary increase. The company offered a one percent raise. [WWD]

Jamie Bochert stars in the spring 2010 Lanvin campaign shot by Steven Meisel, though you can’t see her face. [Fashion Spot]

• Charlize Theron designed a pair of Toms Shoes. The footwear is made of vegan materials and a portion of the proceeds go to the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, which provides education to remote areas with high rates of HIV/AIDS. They are available now online. [StyleWatch/People]

Jeffrey Monteiro is the new designer for Bill Blass. He was chosen out of a pool of nearly 100 applicants. [Fashionista]

Tory Burch is expanding. The designer opened her first store in Tokyo this week, and has plans to open fifteen stores in the United States next year. [WWD]

• Julianne Moore stars in the new Bulgari campaign, posing completely nude on a couch wearing only a ring. [Fashion Copius]

• Designers are looking at nightly news anchors Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric as possible advertising and product-placement opportunities. [WWD]

• Spain’s Unno Anatomic Underwear claims it is the first underwear company that designed manties to give men’s packages the appearance of being larger. The first? [StyleList]

Jean Paul Gaultier is collaborating with Pataugas to design a capsule collection of footwear for the French shoe company, set to launch in summer 2010. [Racked]

Chanel Employees Stage Protest; Charlize Theron Designs Shoes