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Former Hermès Chief Dies; Lady Gaga Returns to V

• Former Hermès chief executive officer Jean-Louis Dumas died on Saturday in Paris at the age of 72. [Independent UK]

• Britney Spears tweeted that she designed a capsule collection of shoes for Candie’s. [BritneySpears/Twitter]

• Nick Knight is reportedly shooting Lady Gaga for the cover of Vanity Fair’s September style issue. [WWD]

• Matthew Williams shot Polaroids of Lady Gaga for the new issue of V magazine. You know, to plug her gig as creative director of Polaroid. [Design Scene]

• Helmut Lang is splitting up his archives and donating them to fashion institutions throughout the world. [Independent UK]

• Jones Apparel Group is working on a deal to acquire a stake in Stuart Weitzman. [WWD]

• Lingerie company Cosabella is expanding its line and will launch jeggings on May 15. The collection is named Cosabella Jeans. [WWD]

• Jewelry designer and Phil Collins’s ex-wife Orianne Collins will open a store on Madison Avenue in September, the first for the company in the United States. [WWD]

• Madonna sports an eye patch — just like a pirate! — in the new issue of Interview. [Just Jared]

Former Hermès Chief Dies; Lady Gaga Returns to V