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$33 Million Counterfeit Ring Busted; Naomi Campbell Has ‘Matured’

• Officials in the U.S. and London busted a counterfeit ring peddling $33 million worth of Gucci, Coach, Cartier, and Nike knockoffs. [WWD]

Louis Vuitton and other brands are calling on Google to stop unauthorized parties (namely, counterfeiters) from using their names as keywords for search ads. [IHT via NYT]

Naomi Campbell says her violent outbursts are behind her: “I’ve matured. I stop myself from getting tired and burnt out. I want a quieter life today. I’ve been through the party scene. You get older and your life changes. Things that matter to you when you’re 20 don’t matter so much when you’re approaching 40.” [Vogue UK]

The New Yorker’s style issue is out today, with a cover that pays homage to Alexander McQueen. [NYer]

• An organization called the Impossible Project has developed a new type of analog instant film to replace Polaroid. It will be available online on Thursday and at an Impossible Project store opening in Soho next month. [WWD]

John Rocha’s 23-year-old daughter, Simone, is launching her own label.
[Independent UK]

• Menswear designers including Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld, and Calvin Klein are donating pieces for an AmfAR fund-raiser and fashion show this summer. The theme is “Black Tie/Black Leather.” [WWD]

• Swiss watch company Girard-Perregaux will open its first U.S. store at 701 Madison Avenue next month. [WWD]

• British shoe brand Crockett & Jones is opening its first U.S. store on West 56th Street next month. [Racked]

• Heather Locklear’s 12-year-old daughter, Ava Sambora, made her runway debut in the White Trash Beautiful show at L.A. Fashion Week. Her dad, Richie Sambora, co-founded the label. [StyleWatch/People]

$33 Million Counterfeit Ring Busted; Naomi Campbell Has ‘Matured’