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Fashion In 50 Seconds 8/22/08

Patrick Robinson's fall collection for the Gap hit stores, and, despite near unanimous praise from the fashion industry, a few have started to question the sell-through. A story in the NY Times today articulates, hilariously, the fact that the only line wrapping around the corner on the day the fall collection hit the store was one for Abercrombie & Fitch, down the street. But c'mon. We all know being that popular and paying your Con Ed bill on time are separate pursuits in this industry. Proctor & Gamble Co. and Anne Taylor Loft are killing two birds with one stone. The new ads feature a model wearing Anne Taylor Loft clothing while holding a bottle of detergent. Furthermore the ads tell readers that over two thirds of Ann Taylor Loft clothing is machine washable (women spend 1,500 a year on dry cleaning) and that Total Care Tide & Total Care Downy will help that delicate (Ann Taylor) clothing hold up. You know what they say; when life serves you lemons recession... In other news...there's a quality rumor circling a Yves Saint Laurent handbag and a suspicious store clerk. The average women's size in the U.S. is a 14 and most designers offer a size run that, at most, goes up to 12. All but a few, that is, who see dollar signs in offering larger sizes. Lush is selling sex or, that's what their signs lead you to believe.

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