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THE CONFEDERATION OF BRITISH INDUSTRY (CBI) has said the UK must ramp up exports and business investment and steer away from debt-driven household and government consumption if the economy is to prosper. John Cridland, director general, told the Guardian: “2012 is going to be a hard road but if we are canny and act now to put in place solid economic foundations, we will be stronger and secure a better future for ourselves.”
PETA, the anti-fur campaign group, has named Janet Jackson “Grinch of the Year” for her association with fur. It said in a statement: “When Janet Jackson had her infamous wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl, at least the flesh that popped into view was her own, unlike the stolen animal skins she drapes herself with, which are as dead as her taste in fashion.” The pop star launched a range with Blackglama in November, which featured animal skin. Kim Kardashian has also been singled out for wearing fur.
JUDY CLARK, a Scottish fashion designer, has created a one-off gown made from car parts for Ford. She was commissioned earlier this month to create the piece to help launch the brand’s 2012 Focus model. The Edwardian style gown (pictured) features keys, a radio, dashboard components, seat covers and two red tail lights, supplemented with tweed, silk chiffon, leather and lace.
DENISE RICHARDS, the American actress, has created a pair of shoes for online footwear club, ShoeDazzle. The light pink and gold peeptoe shoes are in honour of Richards’ mother, who died from kidney cancer in 2007 and will be sold as part of Shoedazzle’s Celebrity Shoe Design Programme for Charity.
KANYE WEST, the rap star, is reportedly planning to move to London to develop his fashion line, DW, which debuted at Paris Fashion Week in October. The Sun reports West is looking for better access to advisers at Central Saint Martins.