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Hermès Sales Up; Bridget Hall Got a DWI

• Sales at Hermès are up 12 percent while shares have risen 52 percent. HSBC analysts say “We believe Hermès sales trends will not underperform the industry. The current move away from conspicuous consumption should benefit Hermès thanks to its classical positioning.” Right, alligator-skin handbags can look understated despite the $40,000 price tag. [WWD]

Iman is launching a line of home goods, and will decorate the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge at New York Fashion Week to hype it. [Vogue UK]

• Model Bridget Hall got a DWI in East Hampton during the wee hours of Sunday morning. [Page Six/NYP]

Karlie Kloss holds up a shaggy fur coat, but doesn’t actually wear it, on the cover of Turkish Vogue’s September issue. [Design Scene]

• Saks is rumored to be looking for a private-equity buyer, but industry financiers doubt a takeover will happen anytime soon. [NYP]

• Since everyone’s talking about clogs, Anthony Bourdain threw in his two cents, too: “These days, I only wear my old kitchen clogs for (very) quick runs across the street for toilet paper or bagels. And I pray I’m not seen while doing it.” [T Magazine/NYT]

Catherine Malandrino wanted to make her capsule collection for Lacoste more feminine, so she redesigned the signature logo with two kissing crocodiles instead of a single lonely one. [WWD]

• The British Fashion Council has teamed up with British Elle to name six emerging designers as winners of their Talent Launch Pad Initiative. [Guardian UK]

• Polyvore users’ top ten picks this week reveal that fisherman sweaters and furry vests are among the season’s top trends. [Independent UK]

• Serg Riva, the self-proclaimed “world’s highest-paid swimwear designer,” is now more than just a bikini couturier: His book, All Fashion Is Fiction: The Collected Writings of Serg Riva, with an introduction by his Brüno-esque alter ego James Bruckhouse, is now available on Amazon. [T Magazine/NYT]

Kell on Earth star Andrew Mukamel will style Kimberly Taylor’s spring/summer 2011 presentation. [Fashionista]

Hermès Sales Up; Bridget Hall Got a DWI