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Style Notes: Pippa Middleton Is a Fashion Designer Now; Karl Lagerfeld to Open NY Flagship

Pippa Middleton

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Kate Middleton's little sis, Pippa Middleton, is not only the aunt of the two most adorable royal tots on the planet, but also a budding designer. The 31-year-old teamed up with British designer Tabitha Webb to design a dress and scarf as part of a collection to raise money for The British Heart Foundation. The white and pink floral pieces, which Pippa modeled for the label as well, look like they're right up Kate's alley. Perhaps we'll see them on the Duchess soon? [The Telegraph]

In an interview with InStyle, Zoe Saldana revealed that hubby Marco Perego took her last name when they married in 2013. The painter and sculptor apparently ignored Saldana's warnings about emasculation in the industry, telling her, "Ah Zoe, I don't give a shit." And we now have a winner for "Most Chill Husband of the Year." [THR]

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Look out, America, Karl Lagerfeld is coming for you. The designer has signed on with G-III Apparel Group Ltd. to bring his eponymous line back to the states. The first step toward world domination expansion will be the opening of a Karl Lagerfeld flagship store in New York as early as 2016. After having his line discontinued stateside in 2006, Lagerfeld is hoping this new venture will be a Britney Spears-caliber comeback. [WWD]

In more expansion news, Richemont Chairman Johann Rupert is reportedly attempting to woo LVMH (parent company of brands including Louis Vuitton and Dior) and Kering (parent company of Gucci and Balenciaga, among others) to join him in building up the Yoox Net-a-Porter platform to be the biggest luxury retailer on the Internet, with the ultimate goal of competing with the behemoth that is Amazon. At the Financial Time Business of Luxury Summit on Monday, Rupert remarked that he offered the two companies equity in the new platform if they agreed to sell their brands on the site. But regardless of whether either brand commits, Yoox Net-a-Porter, which had a combined earnings of $1.5 billion last year between Yoox and Net-a-Porter, has a long way to go before it can compete with Amazon's "staggering" $89 billion revenue. [Bloomberg]

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