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Fashion: Walters' fascinating people include Kim Kardashian, Pippa Middleton

Kim KardashianKim Kardashian and Pippa Middleton -- who often make fashion news -- also made Barbara Walters' list of the most fascinating people of 2011. Kardashian, who won the honor along with the whole Kardashian clan, made the list despite Walters' pointing out in her ABC special on the topic Wednesday that the reality star and product-promoter has no apparent talent. Middleton rather surprisingly made the list while sister Catherine (the presumed future Queen of England) did not. At the top was Steve Jobs, Walters' first-ever posthumous pick. [Reuters.com]

But the former Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, was a runner-up in Time magazine's Person of the Year (who ended up being a type, not an individual: The Protester occupied the magazine's top spot). [Time]

Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian did display one of her abilities this week -- acquiring bling. She attended the second day of Christie's record-breaking auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry, art and clothing and paid $64,900 for three jade and diamond Lorraine Schwartz bangles. [The Cut]

Reebok plans to bring back its toning shoes, unfazed by having to pay a $25 million judgment earlier this year when the company lost a case the Federal Trade Commission brought over its claims about the shoes' effectiveness. The shoes apparently will have some new features (though I don't know if that will make them more effective at helping women tone up or if Reebok will simply tone down its advertising campaign). [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Abercrombie & Fitch has asked a judge to throw out the Situation's trademark infringement lawsuit -- you know, the one in which he contends that A&F ripped off his patented phrases and plastered them on T-shirts. But the retailer says the "Jersey Shores" star doesn't have trademarks on the phrases -- he has only applied for them. [TMZ]

Designer Donna Karan has done a lot of charity work in Haiti, but she is being criticized in some quarters for her spring/summer 2012 advertising campaign, which was shot there. The campaign features glamorous Brazilian model Adrian Lima, and one photo includes a couple of Haitians in the shadows  -- or "minorities in the background," as one offended observer put it. Others are defending the campaign, saying it shines a light on poverty in the island nation. [Styleite] [Telegraph]

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Photo: Kim Kardashian, shot earlier this year. Credit: Ali Haider / EPA

 
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