GOOGLE AS RETAILER?: Google may be taking a page from eBay’s recent foray into exclusive collections with designers, if a certain anonymous fashion tweeter is to be believed. “Breaking news: Google is launching an ecommerce site with shop in shops by major designers #google #theyrgonnabepissed #geturshopon” went the tweet from @NoBtotheS.

This could explain why the search company is planning a big bash in New York Wednesday night with retailers, designers and other fashion industry insiders, including a performance by the Misshapes.

This story first appeared in the November 12, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

A Google spokeswoman said, “We are hosting an exclusive fashion party to celebrate our partners. We don’t have further details to share.”

— Cate T. Corcoran

THIRTYSOMETHING: Madame Figaro is turning 30 — and not without a slew of celebratory issues. A fashion-themed issue, due out Saturday, features Paris style icon Inès de la Fressange, photographed by Gilles Bensimon, on the cover. The photo shoot, entitled “Le Style Absolue,” has accompanying text in which de la Fressange discusses the evolution of fashion and her favorite moments from the past 30 years. The weekly magazine also features a photo shoot by Kate Barry (daughter of Jane Birkin), who captured 14 Madame Figaro readers in model poses.

— Natasha Montrose


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