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Ivana Trump Defends Trademark; Stacey Bendet Talks Tavi

• Ivana Trump sent a “cease and desist” letter to Finnish fashion house IVANAhelsinki, claiming that she has trademark rights to “Ivana” for her own fashion line. [Page Six/NYP]

Alice + Olivia’s Stacey Bendet on Tavi, who styled the Pierces for Bendet’s spring 2011 presentation: “I just adore her. I look at her, and she could be my little sister. She’s amazing and she’s genius. When I look at her aesthetic and I look at the way she dresses — she’s got an amazing sense of herself. I feel like she’s a true original. Not a lot of people, especially in the journalism world, are like that.” [Fashionista]

Dolce & Gabbana is opening a new boutique in Milan called Spiga2, which will carry the work of emerging designers. [WWD]

• When asked what she would do if someone stole her seat at a fashion show, Heidi Klum responded, “I would sit on top of them.” [Page Six/NYP]

Hermès created a new brand specifically for China’s luxury market called Shang Xia, which means “Up Down” in Chinese. [WWD]

Lloyd Klein’s entire staff quit last week after their paychecks bounced. The designer hasn’t given any word on when he’s returning from his Mediterranean vacation, and in the meantime, his studio is being run by unpaid interns. [Page Six/NYP]

Ermenegildo Zegna is opening a 7,500-square-foot shop in Las Vegas tonight, complete with metallic windows designed to look like fabric. [WWD]

• Condé Nast U.K. is launching an iPad app for British Vogue this December. [WWD]

Ivana Trump Defends Trademark; Stacey Bendet Talks Tavi