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Weirdest Factoid of Debate: Melania's Blouse

Trump campaign swears Mrs. Trump's 'pussy-bow' shirt wasn't intentional troll

(Newser) - Melania Trump, master troller? While what Donald Trump's wife was wearing during the "ugliest debate in American history" at first glance didn't seem newsworthy, it's now creating buzz based on name alone, the Hill reports. There was no "wardrobe malfunction," but Melania's bright... More »

In Gucci's Not-Too-Distant Past: A Sensational Murder

Heir's ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani, is free after serving 16 years for his death

(Newser) - The name Gucci is familiar enough, but many of today's fans of the luxury line may not be aware of the sensational murder that shook the brand two decades ago in Italy. The Guardian revisits the case of Maurizio Gucci, the last actual "Gucci" to run the company,... More »

UK Bans Ad Over Too-Skinny Model

Ban came about after a single complaint

(Newser) - If anyone has doubts that the United Kingdom's Advertising Standards Authority reads its complaint mail, this should put that to rest. Per Fashionista , a lone detractor submitted a grievance to the British ad watchdog about a Gucci ad campaign, and now it's banned in the UK—because of... More »

Evangelista Settles With Baby Daddy

Francois-Henri Pinault agrees to monthly child support

(Newser) - Linda Evangelista cut a child-support deal with her billionaire baby-daddy today just hours before she was slated to testify about him in court, the New York Post reports. "He has gone a long way toward meeting those original demands," a source says of the supermodel's request for... More »

Luxury Biz Booms Thanks to World's Nouveau Riche

Brazil, Indonesia, China fuel surge for high-end goods

(Newser) - The world economy may be troubled, even in crisis in many areas, but don't tell that to the rich—luxury goods had a great 2011, thanks to all the new millionaires and billionaires, especially from the developing world, reports the Wall Street Journal . Sales at Prada were up 33.... More »

Court Sends Chubby Dog to Fat Farm

Animal officials take heavy action

(Newser) - British animal officials repeatedly whining about a family's grossly overweight dog finally obtained a court order to seize the animal and send him to a fat farm. Bull terrier Gucci weighed in at some 70 pounds when he was finally taken away for a slimming diet. The dog could hardly... More »

McQueen’s Label Had $50M Debt at Suicide

Recession hit fashion designer hard; outfit's future unclear

(Newser) - Designer Alexander McQueen’s fashion business was $50 million in debt at the time of his suicide last week, an analysis of the firm’s recent statements shows. The Times of London reports that the brand, founded in 2001, didn’t break even until 2007—then made a profit in... More »

Luxury Labels Flaunt Green Cred

Top-end firms realize eco-friendly image can boost brand value

(Newser) - As traditional luxury good buyers make way for a new generation of eco-conscious consumers, luxe brands are jostling to show off their planet-saving credentials, the Wall Street Journal reports. Firms like Louis Vuitton and Tiffany are snapping up eco-friendly firms, introducing new lines, and using green themes in their advertising... More »

10 Most-Wanted Luxury Brands

Forbes runs down the luxury brands we most desire

(Newser) - Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates may actually buy the most designer goods, but when money is no object, we’ve all got expensive tastes. One research group asked 25,000 consumers to forget about price tags and name the luxury brand they covet most. Forbes runs down the... More »

Gucci Clan Wary of Scott Film

Granddaughter fears 'aggressive' flick will focus on 1995 murder

(Newser) - A member of the Gucci family tells the Guardian she's nervous about a planned Ridley Scott film that will chronicle the fashion dynasty's high times in the 1970s and '80s. Patrizia Gucci is concerned that the "aggressive" movie will devote too much attention to clan infighting, which culminated in... More »

Lexus Reaches for Luxury Cachet

Wealthy suburbanites' car of choice gets high-end makeover

(Newser) - Stodgy luxury standby Lexus is trying to trade up to the hot "prestige luxury" market with a new line of $70,000 and up automobiles.  Along with the new models comes a massive rebranding effort that aims, says a  marketing manager, to get "Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci... More »

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