INDIE SPIRIT: Lisa Kudrow and Zach Braff on Tuesday announced nominees for the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards. Angelina Jolie, Sienna Miller, Ellen Page, Parker Posey and Tang Wei received best actress nods and Cate Blanchett, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tamara Podemski and Marisa Tomei were recognized for supporting roles. Piaget, Elle and Biolage Professional Haircare are among the fashion and beauty brands sponsoring the awards. The Feb. 23 event, a day before the Oscars, will take place in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, Calif. — Marcy Medina
DEAL MAKER: Former Fox News “Style File” producer Carlota Espinosa is capitalizing on the holiday bargain-hunting season to launch HauteLook.com on Dec. 4. The online sample sale club gives members access to private online sample sales from labels such as Rock & Republic, Robert Rodriguez, LaRok, Katy Rodriguez, Ya-Ya and Genetic Denim. The first sale will feature Development by Erica Davies. Customers will need quick reflexes because the items at the 48- to 72-hour sales are only available for 15 minutes once a shopper puts them in her basket. — M.M.
This story first appeared in the November 28, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.