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Louis Vuitton’s Train Heads to Shanghai; Models Wear Food for T

Yum! Photo: Richard Burbrigde for T Magazine

Next stop on the Louis Vuitton Express: Shanghai. The fashion house’s fall-winter 2012 show — and much-talked-about train — will travel to the Chinese city in late July to celebrate the reopening of LV’s store at the Plaza 66 luxury mall. [WWD]

• Models wear various food items for a fashion spread in the latest issue of T, styled by Robbie Spencer and shot by Richard Burbridge. [T Magazine]

Of the ecocertified dress that he designed for Meryl Streep to wear to the Oscars, Alber Elbaz said: “The seamstress that made the dress worked for three days and three nights on the dress, and after she finished, she was sick for three days. And you know, with the Oscars, you do the dress and you never know if they will wear it. I wanted so much for [Streep] to wear it, just for this woman that didn’t go to sleep for three days, and just put so much love into the dress.” Elbaz also revealed that he’s never met Streep. [WWD]

Better Capital bought Jaeger London from British Fashion Council chairman Harold Tillman in a £19.5 million ($30.8 million) deal. Tillman’s other label, Aquascutum, was said to be up for sale last week. [Telegraph UK]

• Britney Spears wore a $20,000 sports bra to promote the new game Twister Dance. Created by Body Rock, the “Eternal Love Bra” is made from silk, encrusted with silver diamond Swarovski crystals and gold pyramid studs, and has an $18K gold zipper. [Fashionista]

• Manolo Blahnik partnered with eighteen designers on their fall runway footwear, while Christian Louboutin collaborated with thirteen. [WWD]

• Madewell’s creative director Kin Ying Lee can carve a chicken: “Like a raw chicken, no problem, blood and raw meat don’t bother me. I used to work in a restaurant with my parents. Whenever I am at a friend’s or family dinner, like at Thanksgiving, I am always the one to carve the turkey. I can dismantle it perfectly. Everyone is always amazed.” [Fashionologie]

H&M’s same-store sales increased by 16 percent last month, the best numbers reported by the fast-fashion chain in more than three years, thanks to good weather and “a positive calendar effect.” But those same reasons will have “a very negative effect” this month, according to the brand. [WWD]

Vuitton’s Train Heads to China; Models Wear Food