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Burkas Hit the Paris Runways; Ryan Seacrest Faces Oscar Backlash

• French designers such as Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Marithé + François Girbaud reacted to the country’s potential burka ban with burka-inspired runway looks. [Independent UK]

Matthew Williamson will design a capsule collection of accessories for Bulgari for spring 2011. This is the jewelry company’s first designer collaboration. [WWD]

• Cathy Horyn: “Between Miuccia Prada in Milan and Marc Jacobs at Vuitton we saw the return of the lush, full-hipped woman, her breasts served up like ripe fruit.” [On the Runway/NYT]

• Ryan Seacrest is still getting slammed for not asking celebrities what they wore on the Oscars red carpet. The president of production for E! defended Seacrest, noting he did everything he was supposed to do. [NYT]

Yohji Yamamoto plans to host a menswear fashion show in Tokyo on April 1 — his first fashion show for menswear after presenting it by showroom appointments for two seasons. [WWD]

• Several top models only appeared on one catwalk this season. Lily Cole only walked for Hermès, while Raquel Zimmermann only walked for Chloé. [Modelinia]

• Men’s Wearhouse announced plans to close 100 tuxedo-rental stores, but only those close to other Men’s Wearhouse stores, so customers can still go to the next closest store. [WWD]

• Keds will launch a collection of footwear in collaboration with the Gap this summer. Styles will hit stores in July for $40 to $50 a pair. [WWD]

Burkas Hit the Paris Runways; Ryan Seacrest Faces Oscar Backlash