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Giancarlo Giammetti has been watching the polemic over red soles ignited by Christian Louboutin’s legal action in New York against Yves Saint Laurent.

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BIG-NAME PARTNERS: Are Saks Fifth Avenue, H&M and Macy’s the Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton of fashion? Well, that’s what NBC seems to believe. They’ve lined up employees from the retailers to be the judges on the reality show contest “Fashion Star,” which is shaping up to be like “The Voice” for the fashion business. Scheduled to premiere during the first half of next year, the show will feature around 14 designers vying for a multimillion-dollar contract to launch collections at Saks Fifth Avenue, H&M and Macy’s. Elle Macpherson has signed on to host and executive produce, and Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos will serve as mentors. The next question might be: Can anyone at Saks Fifth Avenue, H&M or Macy’s sing?

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