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Albino Model Stars in New Givenchy Ads; Mulberry Opened a New Flagship Store

Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci cast albino model Stephen Thompson in his latest ads. [WWD]

• Peter Marino, the architect who designed Dior’s new East 57th Street store, is not a fan of streaming videos of fashion shows in shops. “Nobody, nobody walks into a store and wants to see a runway video playing.” He thinks they, “are super low-end, like a Diesel store.” [On the Runway/NYT]

Mulberry opened a 5,400-square-foot Bond Street flagship store that showcases the brand’s accessories and ready-to-wear together for the first time. [WWD]

• Nicole Farhi has named Massimo Nicosia as the new head of menswear for the brand’s Nicole Farhi and Farhi by Nicole Farhi collections. [Vogue UK]

• Anna Dello Russo on her newfound popularity: “At this time, I find a new life. Really. A new life. A new energy! Something happen! Be visible! You know when you feel inside, fresh air, you want to go, you don’t know why. Before this, no visible! Invisible! Like Cinderella, working like a cow!” [Guardian UK]

• The Financial Times made a list of the most influential women of the last decade, and Kate Moss, Phoebe Philo, and Anna Wintour all made the cut. [Vogue UK]

• Express launched its first-ever national TV marketing campaign, as well as a 48-page catalog and a new mobile app as part of its holiday marketing push. [WWD]

• The North Face is expanding rapidly outside of the U.S., and Timo Schmidt-Eisenhart, who heads its European division, said the brand wants to be the “Nike of outdoors.” [Guardian UK]

Tory Burch doesn’t care if kids climb on the furniture in her stores. “An element of home has inspired all of my collections. And after all, I was working on the apartment when I did the first one — so the feeling of being comfortable in that environment kept coming back to me as something I very much wanted to share with the women who visited our stores. You know … Bring your children, let them roll on the sofa. You may be shopping, but why shouldn’t you feel as comfortable as you feel at home?” [WSJ]

• Retailers seem to be opening stores again, but many of them are smaller than they would have been pre-recession. [WWD]

Albino Model Stars in New Givenchy Ads; Mulberry Opened a New Flagship Store