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Valentino’s 1000-Hour Couture Dress; Fake Tickets to Lagerfeld’s Net-a-Porter Party

Constance Jablonski.
Constance Jablonski.

• The program notes accompanying Valentino’s couture show included details on how many hours each dress took to create; one look took 1000 hours. [NYT]

• Someone used a counterfeit ticket to try to get into a special dinner in Paris celebrating Karl Lagerfeld’s new Net-a-Porter line. Apparently she paid €700 for it, but was still was turned away. [Grazia]

• Constance Jablonski looks nearly unrecognizable on the new cover of Mexican Vogue. [Design Scene]

• Fashion photographer Mariano Vivanco touts Kendra Spears and Toni Garrn as two of the “next generation’s supermodels.” [Stylelist]

• Bank of America is testing a new service that will give customers specialized discounts from retailers based on their previous spending patterns. In other words, prepare for your supermarket cashier to know you buy those pizza and cookie dough combo-packs regularly when your latest purchase pops up at half price. [Reuters]

• Chinese shoppers consistently value American brands, giving many U.S.-based companies the opportunity to enter the booming Chinese market. [Jing Daily]

• Victoria’s Secret has launched its first high-end lingerie collection, called The Victoria’s Secret Designer Collection, which has nearly sold out since it began selling Tuesday. [WWD]

• Disney pulled a T-shirt design inspired by a Joy Division album cover. [Billboard]

• Kate Moss D.J.’d the 24-hour Prada museum opening party. [Elle UK]

• Karl Lagerfeld shot a print campaign for his Net-a-Porter line, featuring a model cast that includes Anja Rubik. The ads will appear in the March issues of Vanity Fair and Vogue. [WWD]

• And here’s a video look book of Karl’s new collection. [Fashionista]

• This is how to promote underwear: Mario Lopez showed off his line of men’s underwear by stripping down on the Ellen show. Isn’t his faux-bashfulness cute? [ONTD]

• Sonia Rykiel plans to sell 80 percent of its business to Fung Brands. [WWD]

• See a short film, featuring Agyness Deyn on a road trip, shot to promote a chain of luxury hotels. [Modelinia]

• Buyers reacted positively to the men’s shows in Paris and Milan, but Stephen Ayres, head of fashion buying at Liberty also says that price points continue to increase, “even on the more basic designs and fabrications, so with the use of so many luxurious fabrics for [fall 2012] this makes me a little nervous when trying to deliver a commercially aware selection.” [WWD]

• Nanette Lepore will collaborate with JCPenney for a series of junior shop-in-shops. [WWD]

• Sienna Miller will reportedly give birth in July. [E!]

Valentino’s 1000-Hour Couture Dress