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Never say fashion is useless again – specialty and department stores added over 10,000 jobs to the market in July alone. [WWD]

Apologies to fast-fashion chains – Congress is debating a new bill to stop design copying. Of course it’s not all cut and dry – only “deliberate copies that are substantially identical to the protected design” will be illegal. Innocent until proven guilty. [WWD]

Gaetano Pesce, Italian architect and designer, has created the ultimate DIY project: buy a boot made out of circular shapes and cut it into whatever shoe you want. Bootie? Ballet Flat? Flip flop? The possibilities are whatever you want them to be. [T Magazine]

Get excited – Alexa Chung’s line for Madewell is finally debuting! With a style she calls “bringing cute back,” you can get Chung’s look for a much, much lower price. [InStyle UK]

Mary-Kate and Ashley’s high-end line The Row is now available for online shopping – with 360 degree views of each item and moving photographs, this website is one of the better e-commence fashion sites! [Cocoperez]

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Yigal Azrouel, the famous Israeli transplant designer, is starting a new affordable line with downtown edge entitled Cut25. Of course, affordable is code for ‘under $500’ – a steal!(?) [Refinery29]

The US Food and Drug Administration has been asked by the Personal Care Products Council to tighten regulation on beauty products. Unnecessary? Safer? Too much government? Either way, beauty is officially a political issue. [WWD]

Tell this to the sixth-grade Juicy Couture fans: expensive, high-end fashion products have more subtle labels in place of brash, imposing logos. Those who can afford the uber-pricy don’t need to brag to the mainstream about it. [New York Times]

Stella McCartney is using cute cartoons again in her Fall 2010 ad campaign – using “humor and a human touch” really numbs the pain of sky-high prices! [Fashionologie]

Lanvin just opened its first Manhattan boutique on Madison Avenue – and you can expect a truly delightful shopping experience. As designer Alber Elbaz said to the sales associates, “The only thing I would love you to do is help the women look beautiful. The moment they look beautiful, they will buy.” [WWD]

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The market for renting a dress ($50) in place of buying it full-price ($1000+) is expanding, fueled by website Rent the Runway. [WWD]

Isabel and Ruben Toledo (of Lady Obama’s inauguration outfit fame) are designing a small summer collection of bathing suits, sarongs and t-shirts for Target. More high-low collections, please. [T Magazine]

It’s the 10th anniversary of Balenciaga’s First bag, and its updated version comes in leopard print pony skin. Just as coveted now as it was then. [New York Times]

Personal newsworthy events: Acne is opening a new (gorgeously decorated by Helmut Lang) store in London and the Mulberry Alexa is being released in two new shades! [InStyle UK]

CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists are announced! Check out the list of incredibly talented nominees – previous winners include Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler and Sophie Theallet; you know these names are going to be huge. [The Cut]

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This fall, Lacoste is introducing Lacoste Live, a younger, more contemporary yet equally priced counterpart to its regular line. Also known as a new wardrobe for the Hamptons-going high school-aged crowd. Stores open this fall. [WWD]

I’m not a huge fan of watches, but Chanel’s new men’s diving watch, the J12 Marine, makes me reconsider. The watch is reminiscent of a diving suit in black or white with electric blue details and is represented by surfing icon Laird Hamilton. [WWD]

More luxury fashion brands go democratic and finally consent to selling online – only in highly designed, extravagant websites of course. [New York Times]

Karl Lagerfeld may guest star on Gossip Girl in Paris next season – upping the show’s fashion ante even more. [Glamour Slaves to Fashion]

Madonna’s Material Girl for Macy’s collection will begin retailing on August 3 in Herald Square; prices for most items are between $12 and $40 (bargain!) Think Madge will pair these items with her D&G sunglasses? [Nitrolicious]

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Forget econ and philosophy – with the new London College of Style, you can now go back to college and learn how to become the next Rachel Zoe. [InStyleUk]

For Net-a-Porter’s 10th anniversary, it’s giving away 10 iconic designer pieces from the last decade to a lucky winner – voted by the website’s fans on facebook! Social media really is the new fashion. [InStyleUK]

The market for haute couture is expanding as sales continue to increase. What recession? [WWD]

Strong restrictions for model size are being implemented in Australia – no more of the super-thin trend! Bravo for advocating healthy body weight and image. [Cocoperez]

Starting in September, NYC is implementing a program of recycling bins for clothing in order to avoid the 190,000+ tons that end up in landfills every year. Be environmentally friendly and make room for new items! Win-win. [Cocoperez]

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Based on this weather, apparently we’re in the dog days of August. Dress accordingly, in shorts – go ahead, everyone else is! [New York Times]

Yet another reason to go to St. Tropez (as if you needed one) – Both Lanvin and Chanel have opened temporary pop-up stores while Louis Vuitton reopened a doubled-in-size boutique. [WWD]

In the ninth annual Global Retail Development Index of markets done by consulting firm A.T. Kearney, China was named as the top “market with the greatest potential for retail development,” swapping places with this year’s #3 India. Surprised? [WWD]

Louis Vuitton closes the generation gap – by featuring three generations of supermodels (Natalia Vodianova, Karen Elson and Christy Turlington) in its Fall/Winter 2010-11 ad campaign! Also, they all look absolutely stunning. Go figure. [Nitrolicious]

Repeat offender – in the image for a Ralph Lauren polo, Nordstrom appears to have decreased the size of Tao Okamoto’s waist…unless she is actually that thin. Ralph Lauren, again? [Huffington Post]

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Get a whiff of Grey’s Anatomy with Patrick Dempsey’s new fragrance, PD II, which won a “FiFi” award for Fragrance of the Year in the Men’s Private Label/Direct Sell category.  [insideavon.com]

Full-Figured Fashion Week took place from Wednesday to Saturday, demonstrating the increase in plus-size fashion retail. [New York Times]

Go to Neverland with a new book  on the huge amount of collectibles Michael Jackson amassed, such as rhinestone-studded military jackets. [T Magazine]

Fashion is going au naturel as British High Street retailer Debenhams is banning the practice of airbrushing its images, setting a high bar for everyone else. [UK Telegraph]

Givenchy will no longer show its couture looks on the runway, instead inviting people for private appointments in Paris. Did couture really need to be made more couture? [The Cut]