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Coach Sues Chicago; Naomi Campbell Turned 40 at a Giant Fancy Party

• Coach Inc. is suing the city of Chicago, alleging that vendors at a city-controlled street market sold counterfeit goods. [WWD]

Naomi Campbell wore gladiator sandals and a simple boatneck dress to her 40th-birthday party in Cannes. [InStyle UK]

• Naomi’s boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin, booked the Black Eyed Peas and Grace Jones to perform at the party, which, by the way, reportedly cost $1 million. [Page Six/NYP]

• Lady Gaga: “To be honest with you, I don’t give a f*** about red carpets, and I never do them. I don’t like them. First of all — how could any of these outfits possibly look good with an ugly red carpet under them? It’s just visually horrid.” Yeah, she never walks red carpets … [Times UK]

Halston unveiled looks from its two new men’s lines, inspired by the iconic American designer’s own minimal style. This means lots of turtlenecks. [WWD]

• J.C. Penney Co. Inc. expects to double its sales of Liz Claiborne merchandise after becoming the brand’s exclusive retailer. [WWD]

• Italian designer Domenico Vacca named styles from his DV Denim collection after Fabolous (the “Loso”), basketball player Scottie Pippen (the “Pippen”), Jeremy Piven (the “Piven”), Will Ferrell (the “Ferrell”), and Forest Whitaker (the “Forest”). [Page Six/NYP]

• Plenty by Tracy Reese will expand with shoes, ranging from $95 to $200. [WWD]

• Princess Diana’s black taffeta gown by Elizabeth and David Emanuel will go up for auction on June 8 on London’s Pall Mall. The dress, which Princess Diana wore when she was 19, was frowned upon by her fiancé, Prince Charles, who told her that royals wore black only for funerals. [NYT]

Jason Wu’s new sunglasses were inspired by iconic women like Amelia Earhart, Joan Jett, and actresses Mia Farrow and Jean Seberg. His new optical frames were named for women in literature. [WWD]

• Magazine journalists are leaving print publications to become web consultants for fashion brands. [WWD]

Coach Sues Chicago; Naomi Campbell Turned 40 at a Giant Fancy Party