The first products containing cotton from farmlands devastated by the tsunami last year has just hit the markets. The Tohoku Cotton Project had it’s first harvest this year, from organic cotton grown on the ricelands that have been rendered unsuitable for agriculture following the increase in salt levels following the tsunami. Brands like Lee Japan, United Arrows Green Label Relaxing, Kurkku and Urban Research have introduced Tohoku cotton products into their new collection, now available in stores. [The Asahi Shimbun & WWD]


Lady Gaga set a world record for an Alexander Mcqueen dress by paying $133,075 for an ivory silk tulle empire lined gown at an auction organized by Daphne Guiness to raise funds for the Isabella Blow Foundation. All items came from Daphne Guiness’ wardrobe and are totally unwearable unless you have personality like hers to match. [The Independent]


Michael Kors has won a lawsuit against cybersquatters. Heralding the USD 2.4 mil damages as ‘symbolic’, the brand won suits against 35 websites including, and We say [WWD]


Kirsten Stweart is the face of Balenciaga’s new scent, Florabotanica, sulking her way into the glossy pages of Vogue, coming to you in September this year. Elsewhere twi-hards buy the scents in buckets, hoping it will snare them a vampire. []

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