Fashion News: Thom Browne among designers honored by Michelle Obama


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First Lady Michelle Obama invited winners of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards to the White House on Friday. Designers from many different fields were honored, including Thom Browne for fashion. The photo shows some of the work he displayed during the showing of his spring-summer 2013 menswear collection in Paris earlier this month. [WWD]

Actress Blake Lively has been a celebrity brand ambassador for Chanel, but now she has a deal to front for Gucci’s Premiere fragrance, making some wonder if the relationship with Chanel is on the rocks. But sources say all is well. [NY Post]


Banana Republic designed new uniforms for Virgin America crews. [Fashionista]

Shu Uemura is offering a 24-karat gold-plated eyelash curler, which sells for $24. Not super-expensive but still perhaps a bit much for something so utilitarian. [Racked]

Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier inked a licensing deal to go into home textiles. [WWD]

Macy’s won a preliminary injunction in its lawsuit against Martha Stewart Omnimedia Inc. for selling at J.C. Penney, which Macy’s says violates its contract with the group. The case is now expected to go to trial in November. [WWD] (Subscription required)

Thanks to ‘Mad Men’ and Elizabeth Taylor, the cat-eye is back. [Los Angeles Times]


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