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Fashion News: Leighton Meester, Madonna + More

Today in Fashion News: Leighton Meester is reportedly the new face of Missoni. Meanwhile, Madonna has several new projects in the pipeline.

Fashion News: Leighton Meester, Madonna + More• Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester is reportedly the new face of Italian fashion house Missoni. Meanwhile, Meester has revealed she only has two more years on Gossip Girl. [InTouch, E! Online]

• Two years after launching her juniors line Abbey Dawn exclusively at Kohl’s, pop star Avril Lavigne is branching out on her own. Lavigne will launch her own line of rock-inspired tops for men and women, still under the Abbey Dawn label, which will be sold online and in boutiques worldwide. A full-fledged juniors line will follow. [WWD]

• David Koma, Holly Fulton, Louise Gray, Mary Katrantzou and Michael van der Ham have been chosen to receive this season’s British Fashion Council NEWGEN catwalk sponsorship, supported by Topshop, to show at London Fashion Week in February 2011. [Vogue UK]

• Christian Lacroix will serve as art director for a forthcoming exhibit, “The Orient of Women,” at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. He’ll personally select 150 pieces of traditional Middle Eastern clothing and accessories for the show, which will open in February. [WWD]

• Online retailer has secured the Clemens en August range, which until now has only been available via private viewing. Fans of Clemens en August include Kate Moss and Claudia Schiffer. [Elle UK]

• Conde Nast’s parent company just raised $500 million for a mergers and acquisitions deal. [All Things Digital]

• Madonna’s juniors line, Material Girl, will launch in Canada’s Hudson’s Bay Co. stores this spring. Meanwhile, Madonna is collaborating with Dolce & Gabbana on a sunglasses range under the MDG name, is launching a lingerie line tentatively labeled Truth or Dare, and has an activewear label in the works. [WWD]

• Harvey Weinstein has reportedly sold Project Runway: Accessories, a spinoff of Project Runway, to Lifetime. Meanwhile, Australian model Nicole Trunfio is reportedly the new host of Project Runway Australia. [Deadline Hollywood, Modelinia]

• Reiss will rerelease the white dress from their fall 2009 collection that Kate Middleton wore for her engagement photo. [NY Mag]

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