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Leonard Confirms Maxime Simoens’s Exit; Win Anna Wintour’s Autograph in a New ‘Runway to Win’ Initiative

Nyasha Matonhodze.
Nyasha Matonhodze.

• After lots of rumors, denials, and awkward silences, French fashion house Leonard confirms that Maxime Simoens will leave his post as creative director. [WWD]

• Runway to Win, the fashion-focused organization supporting President Obama’s reelection campaign, will hold a design challenge: Entrants should submit designs for either a unisex crew neck tee, an oversize women’s tee, or a tote bag. If your design is wins, it will be sold as part of the Runway to Win collection and Anna Wintour will sign a version for you. [Official Website]

Nyasha Matonhodze covers the shopping supplement accompanying May’s issue of British Vogue, and she looks lovely. [Design Scene]

• Construction workers at 822 Madison Avenue confirmed that they’re working on a space for Proenza Schouler. [Racked]

Alessandra Ambrosio confirms she’s having a baby boy. [JustJared]

Anna Sui expands into bedding and wants to add towels, sheets, and wallpapers to her repertoire too. [WWD]

• Marc Jacobs International president Robert Duffy will receive an award at this year’s amfAR Inspiration Gala. [WWD]

• Nike unveiled its new NFL uniforms yesterday — a “slightly sleeker but very familiar look” across the 32 teams’ jerseys. [HuffPo]

• Lauren Conrad covers the May issue of Glamour, topless. [Us]

Hermès will auction off four versions of its Passe-Guide handbag to celebrate its London exhibition “Leather Forever,” which bows in May. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to London’s Royal Academy of Arts. [WWD]

• Australian rapper Iggy Azalea debuts the first shoppable music video today in a collaboration with Canadian e-tailer Ssense. [Fashionista]

• Bluefly goes inside Brad Goreski’s closet. [People StyleWatch]

Simoens’s Exit Confirmed; Win Wintour’s Autograph