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Abercrombie Fined by Immigration Authorities; Pierre Cardin Returns to Runway

• Abercrombie & Fitch was fined $1.05 million by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for failing to prove some employees in one of its Michigan stores were eligible to work in the U.S. [WWD]

• Pierre Cardin’s label turns 60 today, and the 88-year-old designer is celebrating by throwing his first runway show in a decade. He’s a little embarrassed by the designs that are currently produced under his name: “Unfortunately, they [my licensees] produce very classic outfits for men. I wish they picked up my designs. Instead, they produce this fusty, bourgeois stuff. It drives me to desperation, because I bring them my original designs to copy. That is the purpose of their licenses. We really need someone to drum up new licenses there. They could make a killing, because my designs are very youthful. All you see is these old Hart Schaffner Marx suits for old men. It makes me ashamed to even look at them.” [WWD]

• JCPenney plans to open 75 new stores in the next four years in the hopes of generating $1 billion in sales growth. [WWD]

Daisy Lowe: “Modeling is difficult and behind closed doors, I began to feel really insecure. People were going on about me having bad skin and I was beating myself up over every picture.” [Vogue UK]

Prada is doing away with the “Made in Italy” label. Garments made in India, Peru, or elsewhere will now say so. [Vogue UK]

• Macy’s is relaunching Russell Simmons’s ArgyleCulture clothing line this Thursday, and Simmons sounds optimistic about the brand’s sales. “Now we are capable of delivering on time. Our clothes are in the warehouse and waiting to be on the floor. We are prepared. We have our team in place. We have the money. Remember, it took five years for Phat Farm [the hip-hop brand that Simmons started and eventually sold] to gain footing. I don’t really have good success at the beginning.” [WWD]

Dries Van Noten opened its first men’s boutique in Paris. Dries picked out the antique furnishings for it himself. [WWD]

• Bloggers Rumi Neely, Georgia Larsen, and Natalie Suarez to appear in Free People’s latest look book. [Knight Cat]

• A women’s NFL fashion line, “Fit for You” launches this week, with a campaign starring players and coaches’ wives. [NYP]

• The Times’ Jon Caramanica visited Ralph Lauren’s Rhinelander Mansion for a round of Critical Shopping, where he was delighted to find dogs printed on everything from hunting pants to ties to socks. “So cute,” he comments. [NYT]

• Liza Minnelli joked about how she looked so good on her new album cover. “Have you ever seen so much retouching? But I look swell. Sometimes I even fool myself into thinking that I really look like that!” she said during a performance the other night. [Page Six/NYP]

Abercrombie Fined by Immigration Authorities; Pierre Cardin Returns to Runway