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Jean-Paul Gaultier Now Sells Gold Bars; Selfridges Debuts a Pop-up Library

Bette Franke for <em>Harper's Bazaar</em>.
Bette Franke for Harper’s Bazaar. Photo: Lachlan Bailey for Harper’s Bazaar

Jean-Paul Gaultier embellished 5,000 one-ounce 24-karat gold bars with a banner of his name. The bars are for sale for about $1,826 — that’s 10 percent more than the average cost of a one-ounce bar, because of the Gaultier brand. [WSJ]

British department store Selfridges debuted a pop-up library. Books: so chic right now! [Vogue UK]

Bette Franke booked the subscribers’ cover of the February issue of Harper’s Bazaar. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

Kim France, who was the editor of Lucky for ten years before resigning in September 2010, is now a curator for the new shopping site OpenSky and plans to start a style blog. [WWD]

This is what Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf’s bridesmaids will be wearing to her wedding. [Us]

Georges Chakra celebrates 25 years in business next week with a special catwalk show and party in Beirut. [WWD]

Someone got a tattoo of Andrej Pejic’s face. [Refinery29]

Calvin Klein and his 22 year-old boyfriend might be “on a break.” [Gawker]

Men’s shoes are getting a makeover. [WSJ]

Toy company Hasbro moves into the fashion retail sector, partnering with Junk Food Clothing for Monopoly-themed T-shirts and Rocawear for an upcoming capsule collection. [WWD]

eBay’s CEO predicts that the company will surpass $8 billion in 2012, citing shopping via mobile phones as the main source of their sales boost. [Next Web]

Simon Spurr merges his two collections for fall, eliminating his Spurr label and in turn expanding the Simon Spurr presentation. [WWD]

Kohl’s plans to further expand its New York City office. [WSJ]

Philippe Pascal, adviser to LVMH chairman and chief executive officer Bernard Arnault, leaves the luxury group to pursue personal projects. [WWD]

Gaultier Gold Bars; Selfridges’s Pop-up Library