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Jason Wu to Attend White House Correspondents Dinner; Model Shuffle at Ford

Glamour will bring Jason Wu to the White House Correspondents Dinner on May 1. [WWD]

• Due to management changes at Ford Models, executive Cathy Quinn left the company to launch her own modeling agency, bringing Rachel Hunter, Christie Brinkley, and Kelly Rutherford with her. “The last couple of years weren’t quite what I wanted, so this gives me the chance to do my own thing. I’m thrilled,” she said. [Page Six/NYP]

Gucci’s chief executive officer Patrizio di Marco: “The Asian market has been growing exponentially. It will definitely overtake Europe at some point.” [WWD]

• Anthropologie opened a location in Chelsea Market. [WWD]

• Rebecca Minkoff will launch a line of more expensive bags that range from $500 to $2,000. Saks Fifth Avenue requested the higher-priced line. [Style File/Style.com]

• Check out what’s stocked at the Bulgari sample sale. Scarves are $165. [Racked NY]

Prada created designer tea. The label launched two new fragrances, and to celebrate, sent beauty editors boxes of tea based on each scent. [Editors Blog/W]

Rachel Comey on the worst part about being a designer in New York: “It’s hard to find interesting domestic fabrics and materials — and easy to find smelly street corners in the dead of summer.” [T Magazine/NYT]

• Australian swimwear brand Zimmermann opened a shop yesterday at 112 Greene Street, near Prince Street. [Refinery 29]

• Klurk in Nolita will close at the end of this month after ten years of business. It is owned by Hong Kong designer Brian Chik. [Racked NY]

• An Iowa teen made a dress out of gum wrappers. She got the idea after hearing about teens making dresses out of duct tape. [HuffPo]

• Illustrator Kate Bingaman-Burt released a new book named Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?, which features drawings of everything she purchased since February 5, 2006. [Racked NY]

Jason Wu to Attend White House Correspondents Dinner; Model Shuffle at Ford