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April 20 2014

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Rie Rasmussen Rises Again, The Rumor Mill Keeps Turning, Trouble Brewing For American Apparel, And More…

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Outspoken model Rie Rasmussen revealed this week that she’s switched agencies and is ready for another go at the scene. The catwalker is breaking away from her longtime agency, One (of which she remains part owner), and signing with Next to focus on her own career. She’s already been making appearances in the front row (like at Givenchy, left). [WWD]

The Twitterati are closing in on Riccardo Tisci as the next Dior designer—at least according to themselves—but it may be far from a done deal. Our editors have spotted the staff of Lanvin in tears, fueling speculation that Alber Elbaz will head for Dior, while WWD noticed Jason Wu (a potential Elbaz replacement) sitting front-row for his first Lanvin show. This one ain’t over till it’s over, folks. [Fashionologie]

Yet more bad press for the perennially embattled American Apparel and its founder, Dov Charney: Allegations have come to light that Charney kept an 18-year-old sex slave on staff. The woman, now 20, has filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn Supreme court seeking $260 million in damages. [WWD]

And Emma Watson made waves when she began attending Brown University, but the pixie-ish English actress and style setter has announced she’ll take some time off to finish the Harry Potter films and focus on a few other film and fashion projects. Not to worry—she still plans to finish her degree, she writes on her Web site, “it’s just going to take me a semester or so longer than I thought.” [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Alice Bensi / GoRunway.com

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