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Brian Atwood Debuts Handbag Line; Designers Cash in on Dragon Motifs for Chinese New Year

Kasia Struss.
Kasia Struss.

• Brian Atwood debuts his first line of handbags this season. [WWD]

• Fashion labels including Coach and Versace have created special, limited-edition handbags (and other merchandise) tied into celebrations for China’s Year of the Dragon. [WWD]

Kasia Struss covers the February edition of Harper’s Bazaar Spain wearing pink hot pants. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

• See the costume created for Katniss Everdeen for the tributes’ opening parade scene in the forthcoming Hunger Games movie. Is it what you imagined? (Sadly, the photo does not show the dress all exciting and aflame.)  [InStyle]

• Teen Vogue’s fashion editor Jane Keltner de Valle got an afternoon tea wearing a classic British fascinator — even though very few British folk would actually wear something that ostentatious out for a cuppa. [Teen Vogue]

• Shock, horror: When Carey Mulligan stepped out in a red, tulip-patterned Roland Mouret dress at an event in London last night, it wasn’t the first time she’d worn it, even this month — she’d also chosen it for an event promoting her movie Shame in L.A. earlier in January. [Telegraph UK]

• Lauren Conrad invested in Blue Avocado, a sustainable lifestyle products company. She’ll design a line for the brand this summer. [ONTD]

• Stefano Pilati, Dries Van Noten, and Reed Krakoff will be among the speakers at a series of fashion talks at New York’s French Institute Alliance Française in March. [WWD]

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley walked in the Animale show during Sao Paulo Fashion Week. [Modelinia]

• Take a tour of @DKNY, otherwise known as Aliza Licht’s (Senior Vice-President of Communications for Donna Karan, DKNY, and DKNY Jeans) office. [WhoWhatWear]

• In an effort to boost sales, Tiffany’s Inc partnered with a jewelry company in Dubai. [WWD]

• The estate of renowned costume jewelry designer Tony Duquette launched a line of jewelry and accessories with Coach. [SheFinds]

Isabeli Fontana covers Vogue Spain’s February issue. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

• Franca Sozzani sold 40 special-edition covers of Vogue Italia issues at a special charity auction. Over $147,000 was raised, with the best-selling cover, of Keith Richards, raising nearly $13,000 alone. [WWD]

• Tickets to Couture Fashion Week NY — an event not affiliated with NYFW at all — cost up to $5,000. Fashionista believes “wealthy, gullible fashion-lovers” are getting fleeced. [Fashionista]

Brian Atwood Debuts Handbags; Designer Dragons