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Donna Karan Expands; ‘Project Runway’ Designers Show at Gen Art

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• Donna Karan will launch a “better-priced” DKNYC label. While the retail market has been grim for many, DKNY has been selling well in stores like Bloomingdale’s and Saks. Golf clap. [WWD]

• Gen Art’s spring fashion show on Monday will feature work by Project Runway castoffs Alison Kelly (who recently debuted her Dahl NYC line in Brooklyn) and Jillian Lewis. They’re up for the Designer of the Year award. [Fashionista]

• Taylor Swift will mug for the L.E.I. jeans back-to-school campaign. They’re trying to get everyone excited since this is the brand’s first campaign since leaving department stores to sell exclusively at Wal-Mart. [WWD]

• Karl Lagerfeld will show his Chanel cruise collection in Miami on Thursday. The day after the show a Chanel widget will broadcast clips of the show, red-carpet interviews, and pictures of the attending celebrities for people like us who won’t be there. We love how Karl always thinks of the little people. [WWD]

• Karl Lagerfeld’s resort collection for Fendi was seventies-inspired and light on embellishments. [WWD]

• Sophie Dahl has a “memoir about food” in the works called Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights. The supermodel dropped from a size 16 to 8. We love when models write books. [British Vogue]

• Senior Vogue fashion writer Mark Holgate will leave the magazine to edit Luxx, the London Times’ quarterly magazine and serve as style director of the Times magazine. [Guardian]

• Tory Burch is dating Lyor Cohen, chief of Warner Music Group. He was born in Israel and used to live on Avenue A. [NYP]

• Egad! David Lauren got a girl’s number this past weekend, while his girlfriend, Lauren Bush, was at Jenna Bush’s wedding, which he wasn’t invited to. [NYP]

• Anna Wintour’s daughter and Columbia student Bee Shaffer is finishing a semester abroad at University College London. [NYP]

• Candace Bushnell spilled red wine all over her white Ralph Lauren gown on her wedding day. She’s just like Carrie! [Times UK]

• When can a man wear a denim jacket? Hadley Freeman writes, “At precisely 23 minutes past the hour of never. It is simply impossible for a man to wear a denim jacket.” Okay then. [Guardian]

Donna Karan Expands; ‘Project Runway’ Designers Show at Gen Art