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Gap Wasn’t Happy With 2011; Kristen Stewart Changes Into Sneakers

Kristen, going for comfort.
Kristen, going for comfort. Photo: Tony Clark / Splash News

• In case you weren’t clear, Gap will focus on North American growth in 2012. “We were not happy with 2011,” CEO Glenn Murphy told shareholders yesterday. [WWD]

• Jessica Alba covers June’s Marie Claire in Versus. Inside, she says, “I like to get positive attention. But if I have a choice between someone noticing in a negative way what I’m wearing and going, ‘What was she thinking?’ or someone not noticing what I’m wearing, I would rather not make a statement at all and just have a good conversation instead.” We know; good conversation is hard to come by. [JustJared]

• No surprise here: Kristen Stewart changed into sneakers at the London premiere of Snow White and the Huntsman. [E! Online]

• Apparently, Bryanboy and Rumi Neely weren’t informed about Fairchild Fashion Media’s acquisition of Fashion Networks International (which includes the NowManifest portal) until less than 24 hours prior to the sale, and they want everyone to know that they still own their own blogs and brands. [Fashionista]

• First she posed with a baby, and now with a man wearing a panda’s head — Mischa Barton continues her nonsensical comeback tour. [TheGloss]

• Selfridges in the U.K. has been named the Best Department Store in the World for the second year in a row by the Intercontinental Group of Department Stores, beating out Macy’s and South African chain Woolworths. [Vogue U.K.]

• A thousand people turned out for Jean Paul Gaultier’s first fashion show in Beijing. [WWD]

• Model Kendra Spears says the television character with whom she most identifies is Elaine from Seinfeld. [Vogue]

• Anna Sui and Zac Posen designed capsule collections for Edition01. [FashionEtc]

• Oscar de la Renta is opening its first London store. [Catwalk Queen]

• Benetton Group’s profits fell 48 percent in the first quarter of the year and the company will delist from the Italian Stock Exchange at the end of May. All of this comes four months after Benetton announced plans to go private. [WWD]

• Here’s a look at the costumes that Rodarte designed for the New York City Ballet. [Racked]

Gap’s Unhappy 2011; Kristen Stewart’s Sneakers