Style Notes: Gaga Gives a $55,000 Bag; Jean Paul Gaultier Gets Revenge

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Jean Paul Gaultier and Dita Von Teese in 2012.

Four fashion stories to spark your post-holiday work week (yeah, good luck with that).

If you're a fashion critic (because so many are these days), steer clear of opining on Jean Paul Gaultier, who typed up an open letter to’s Tim Blanks after a less-than-favorable review of his fall 2013 couture show. To the critic who noted that the designer’s heyday has passed, Gaultier rebutted that “rather than be bored at my shows, you can use that time to do something else, for example brush up on your fashion history,” among other jabs. [Fashionista]

If all you bought for your significant other this Fourth of July was a beer and a brat, get ready to be shamed. Lady Gaga gave boyfriend Taylor Kinney a Damien Hirst-designed, pill-festooned crocodile skin backpack from Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s The Row, which set her back $55,000. In certain circles, the cold brew might be more well received. But as they say, it's the thought that counts. [Complex]

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Rag & Bone is honoring David Bowie at its store in NYC’s NoLita district with a mural portrait of the musician by artist Erik den Breenjen. The piece, painted onto the location’s graffiti wall, is based off of a live photo from the 1978 World Tour and contains more than 900 words from Bowie's iconic tracks “Heroes” and “Fashion.” [Racked]

Remember when Paul Deneve gave up his seat as the CEO of Yves St Laurent Group for “a new career opportunity in the high-tech industry?” He’s now at Apple, newly appointed as vp special projects, reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook. Consider it a reprise, since the former fashion head (also of Lanvin and Nina Ricci) worked for Apple in Europe in the 1990s. [Bloomberg]