Jimmy Choo Right at CHOO 24:7

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Forget Jimmy Choo’s collaboration with H&M. If you’ve been waiting for a Jimmy Choo shoe collection so diverse that it suits a working girl’s work and nightlife needs, you’re in luck.

Jimmy Choo has launched its special Spring 2010 collection, Choo 24:7 just time to keep Choo 24:7 bookmarked and women waiting for the first sign of Spring’s green. The collection has a personal flair courtesy of Tamara Mellon, President of Jimmy Choo, reflective of a diverse selection of heel heights, colors and material, that takes a woman from the workplace to a girls night out in the city 24 hours, 7 days a week.

This part is a PSA for the guys. Girls, skip to the next line. If you’re clueless about a present for your girlfriend, wife, sister, mother, platonic female friend, Jimmy Choo enthusiast come Valentines Day, something from Choo 24:7 is a sure bet. Trust me.

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Barneys Eye-Candy for Billionaire

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The retail sector since the housing crash has seen its share of see-sawing but as the folks at Charles Schwab attest with their latest commercial, “Without Investors There is No Industry, Economy, Jobs, Growth.” Swing the propaganda over to the Fashion industry, and it’s hard to rebuke the facts. Christian LaCroix, Saks 5th Ave and their brush with bankruptcy, and Chanel have experienced their fair share of scares this past year.

Add Barneys to the list of distressed retailers.

Billionaire Ron Burkle’s investment firm Yucaipa Cos. has offered $50 million, that would allow Yucaipa Cos. to attain a 80% controlling stake in Barneys New York buttressed by last year’s significant purchase of Barneys’ debt via Citigroup Inc. for 60 cents on the dollar.

But, Barneys’ worries are far from over after financing companies dealing with Barneys’ shipments cut ties that provided shipment from designers to manufacturers. How does one alleviate the animosity? With more money.

In long term equilibrium, firms earn zero economic profit because of the free entry into the industry. In other words, eventually Barneys will cease to exist. How long the department store chain can survive remains to be seen.

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Goodbye Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy was rushed to Cedars Sinai Medical Center today and was pronounced dead on arrival at the young age of 32 after a purported cardiac arrest. We all fell in love with her in Clueless and even 8-Mile (admit it) but another celebrity death at such a young age has to unseat us from our high horses and make us come to grips with our own mortality. It’s an unsettling year for celebrities.

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We’re Coming Back, Sorry for the Wait!

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Soapbox:

“A few seasons ago I decided to have a screen in my studio, so when I did the fittings I would look at the screen. I’m really scared of bloggers, and I know this is how they judge me. But I realized that whatever looks good on screen doesn’t always feel good on the body. So I decided to leave the computer — sorry to the lady from Google [Marissa Mayer, who was in attendance] — and I went back to trust my eyes. And that’s what I do in fashion.”

-Alber Elbaz at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Gala

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Daul Kim Found Dead

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Model Daul Kim was found dead in her Paris apartment this morning from an apparent suicide, her agents at Next confirmed. Her agents released the following statement. “She was a top model and a great friend to all of us at Next. Please respect her family’s privacy at this time of sadness. We will all miss her very much.”

Her final blogpost was entitled “Say hi to forever.” She was 20-years-old.

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Forever 21 and Chanel Go to Print

On Friday, Forever 21 will be welcoming a new magazine department in their retail empire, following in the footsteps of its competitor, H&M. According to Nitrolicious, “Each issue will include two to three features, a fashion gallery of looks with styling tips, coverage of trends available at Forever 21, street style, makeup and beauty tutorials, a lifestyle section including the latest in books/art/music, coverage of noteworthy Forever 21 collaborations, and an interview with a notable VIP.”

Check out the exclusive on the first issue of Forever 21 above.

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On a more highbrow note, Chanel has plans to diversify on the Forever 21 and H&M front. Chanel’s magazine, 31 Rue Cambon, (above) takes its title from the location of its first Chanel boutique in Paris.

According to Olivier Zahm, “This is the first issue of 31 Rue Cambon, the first Chanel magazine which I have art directed and designed for Karl Lagerfeld, to be distributed worldwide in all the Chanel stores.”

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