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Diane Von Furstenberg’s New Diet Coke Bottles; GQ’s Fashion Closet Big Enough for Football

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Go long!

Carmen Marc Valvo rang the closing bell at NASDAQ yesterday, to help usher in this season’s New York Fashion Week. Nothing quite cements a sense of ceremony like a good old bell-ringing. [WWD]

• Joe Biden’s nephew will reportedly D.J. at Andrew Buckler’s Fashion Week party tonight. [Page Six/NYP]

• Not only is GQ’s fashion closet fastidiously organized in the run-up to Fashion Week, it’s also spacious enough to throw a football. (But probably not to catch one at the same time.) [GQ]

• Just like the rest of us, Calvin Klein menswear designer Italo Zucchelli stays fresh thanks to “transcendental meditation.” [BoF]

Diane von Furstenberg designed four Diet Coke bottles, emblazoned with some of her signature prints. [Fashion Etc]

• In other Diane news, Architectural Digest takes a tour of her meatpacking-district apartment. [Architectural Digest]

Alexander Wang will open fourteen stores in Asia this year, beginning next month, as part of major expansion plans in the region. [WWD]

• Fern Mallis says her biggest piece of advice is to be nice because, “you never know where anyone will end up in this business.” [NYT]

• Shot by Inez & Vinoodh, Natasha Poly and Isabeli Fontana wear lots of spring 2012 Prada on the March cover of Vogue China. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

• See two of the new windows at Printemps department store in Paris that feature videos of Daphne Guinness. [WWD]

• Mayor Bloomberg teamed up with FIT to organize a free, “mini-MBA” program called Design Entrepreneurs NYC. The program will offer insight and skills-based workshops into what it takes to run a successful label. Thirty-five designers will be accepted on the course — each must have a NYC-based business that’s been operating for at least a year. [Racked]

• Avril Lavigne will sell shoes and handbags on JustFab.com under the direction of Kimora Lee Simmons. Sounds like an Oxygen reality show waiting to happen. [WWD]

DVF Coke Bottles; GQ Closet So Fresh & So Clean