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  • Joan Smalls — a model whose career we’ve been tracking for years — bagged an Estée Lauder contract. The Puerto Rican’s ads will debut next spring. “We are rejoicing in the importance of global beauty,” said Aerin Lauder. [WWD]
  • Isabella Rossellini says she “regrets” posing for Madonna‘s Sex book. Not because of the graphic content, but because she felt the overall tone was a little superior. “I don’t think the book worked, even though the photos were extraordinary, and some of them quite memorable. I think there was a little bit of a moralistic sort of ‘I’ll teach you how to be free!’ — and that bothered the hell out of me…Because I think if you want to practice abstinence and that makes you happy, you are OK. If you want to be gay, that’s OK. If you want to screw anything that moves, that’s OK. It’s funny to use the word moralistic … but it was a little bit of ‘I know better!’ and I didn’t like that.” [Seattle PI]
  • Taylor Swift — who recently admitted that she once used an honest-to-God actual real Sharpie marker for eyeliner, so just think about that next time you toss off one of those “Looks like she did her eyeliner with Sharpie, ha ha!” insults — is a face of CoverGirl, and her first ad for the brand just debuted. [Yeeeah]
  • Sylvie Cachay, a 33-year-old swimwear designer who had worked in various capacities for brands including Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Anne Cole, and who ran her own line before the 2008 crash, was found dead in an overflowing bathtub at New York’s Soho House club after a downstairs neighbor complained of a leaking ceiling. Friends of Cachay say there were signs of trauma around her neck. Her boyfriend, Nicholas Brooks, is being held in police custody in connection with the death. “It wasn’t the healthiest of relationships. He seemed unstable,” said a friend of the designer. Brooks is the son of the Oscar-winning composer Joseph Brooks, who, Women’s Wear Daily reports, “faced 82 counts of sexual assault last year. Accused of raping 11 women he lured to his apartment by promising them movie roles, the elder Brooks pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges and is free on bail” pending a December 21 court date. [WWD]
  • Lady Gaga now has eight different wax statues of herself in Madame Tussauds‘ wax museums around the world. Not one, eight. Each double exactly mimics a different memorable designer ensemble from her various trips around the world, including the Philip Treacy telephone hat and Armani suit she wore on Jonathan Ross. [Daily Mail]
  • Bebe has confirmed that it will not be renewing the Kardashian klothing line it launched with so much hype one year ago. [Us]
  • Perhaps Bebe has transferred its attentions to a celebrity whose name doesn’t inspire easy jokes that hinge on purposeful mis-spellings: Kelly Osbourne? “I’ve had an offer from an amazing clothing line that I would be so over the moon to work with them,” Osbourne says. “I can’t say which one just yet, but it’s looking really good.” [Us]
  • Fashionista got hold of Vanity Fair‘s ballot for its last International Best-Dressed List. [Fashionista]
  • Natalie Portman had never met John Galliano, the Christian Dior creative director, prior to the announcement that she would be the next face of Miss Dior Cherie perfume. [WWD]
  • Matthew Williamson is adding a bridal collection to his line. Although Williamson is best known for his psychedelic prints, bright embellishments, and overall multi-colored excess, he says bridal garb was “a natural progression” for him and his design team. [Vogue UK]
  • There have been rumors that Burberry may be acquired by a larger company or a private equity fund, and now there are rumors that the alleged buyer may be the luxury conglomerate PPR, which owns Gucci and Alexander McQueen, among other brands. PPR denies this. [Vogue UK]
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