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Michael Kors Speaks Out... Sean Parker Coughs... Tina Brown Loves Her iPad...

Writer Dan Savage’s month-old "It Gets Better Project" just got a fashionable boost courtesy of Michael Kors.

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TWO MINUTE WARNING: Sean Parker was one of the main attractions at Gilt Groupe’s inaugural Brand Summit on Wednesday, but his planned speech of more than a half-hour was cut down to just two minutes. Surprisingly, it had nothing to do with avoiding more talk about his portrayal as the villain in “The Social Network.” Parker lost his voice during a 10-day trip to Europe, where he was trying to do damage control in response to the movie. Ignoring doctor’s orders, he said a few words about the importance of innovation before moving on to the movie. “Don’t believe anything! It’s an unauthorized film!” Parker came to the event with Niche Media’s Jason Binn, who was recently named chief adviser to Gilt’s chairman, Kevin Ryan. “I was coughing up blood. I really shouldn’t be talking,” Parker told WWD. But he couldn’t resist talking fashion, noting that his jacket, tie and shirt were all Gucci. “I love Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten and Dior, but it hasn’t been as good since Hedi Slimane left.”

Parker shared billing with a few other vets of the start-up circuit, including Google’s Marissa Mayer, who boiled fashion down to raw data. Based on what users are searching for, Mayer said that plaid is out, five-toe running shoes are in (“Maybe not in a fashion sense,” she allowed) and, “Black is the new black.”

— Amy Wicks and Matthew Lynch

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