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Fashion: Jason Wu's Target kitten. Jessica Chastain's Oscar news.

 

A mischievous cartoon kitten wreaks havoc in a YouTube video (above) promoting the Jason Wu for Target capsule collection, due to go on sale Feb. 5.

Jessica Chastain heard about her Oscar nomination while she was attending the Armani Privé show in Paris. [The Cut]

For the first time in 55 years, Disneyland employees, er, cast members, will be allowed to sport beards under a revision of Disney's stringent grooming policies. The new rule allows neatly trimmed beards no longer than 1/4 inch. (Mustaches have been allowed since 2000.) One would think this change would be considered a boost for workers' rights. But the head of a union that represents about 4,000 Disney food and beverage workers doesn't see it that way, telling the Orange County Register, "I see it as a way to lower their standards to keep wages down." [Los Angeles Times] [O.C. Register]

Kim Kardashian's ShoeDazzle shoe-of-the-month retail site is pulling out of Britain -- after less than six months of operation there -- to focus on its "core" U.S. market. [The Cut]

Fujifilm is taking what it knows about processing film and launching a range of anti-aging creams. It's all because of a special collagen used in film processing to stop old images from fading. The substance also blocks skin-damaging ultraviolet rays, the company says. [Daily Mail]

Our Jenn Harris wrote recently about the dearth of sartorial style among the Republican presidential candidates. The same holds true for President Obama, Simon Doonan says in a video interview with Slate. Politicians can't be too fashionable because it would make them seem self-absorbed, when they are supposed to be worrying about us. (And I say thank goodness for first ladies such as Michelle Obama, Nancy Reagan and Jacqueline Kennedy for those of us who want to see some elegant clothes in the mix.) [Slate]

Alessandra Ambrosio modeled two outfits in the Colcci fall collection during Sao Paulo Fashion Week, strolling the runway even though she is five months pregnant

Alessandra Ambrosio modeled two outfits in the Colcci fall collection during Sao Paulo Fashion Week, strolling the runway even though she is five months pregnant. She stopped at the end of the runway to show off her baby bump. [Daily Mirror] [Fashionista]

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Photo: Alessandra Ambrosio, five months pregnant, stopped to give her belly a pat on Sunday, when she walked the runway for Colcci during Sao Paulo Fashion Week. Credit: Andre Penner / Associated Press


 
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