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Versailles Revisited, Moscow’s Security Troubles, Obama Tonight & China’s Ultimate Knock-Off

Yesterday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was the hottest place to be in American fashion. Designer Stephen Burrows and Oscar de la Renta hosted a luncheon to commemorate the legendary “Battle of Versailles” in which five American designers trumped their French counterparts in 1973 with the flyest secret weapon: eight of America’s top models of color—which was literally unheard of at the time. All of the original beauties were there to be celebrated (shown above with Stephen): Billie Blair, Alva Chinn, Pat Cleveland, Norma Jean Darden, Charlene Dash, Bethann Hardison, China Machado and Amina Warsuma. Is it me or does Pat Cleveland not age? {WWD}

Yesterday’s deadly suicide bombing at Moscow’s busiest airport has the country’s president, Dmitri A. Medvedev, pointing the finger at security officials for not preventing the attack. {NYT}

President Obama’s State of The Union Address is tonight. Are you ready? Expect much on how our Congress is like the 5th grade cafeteria, health care and government spending. {CNN}

Purses, iPods, mobile phones—China is known to make knock-offs of everything. But stealth fighter jets? Really China? Now you are copying our weapons too? Sigh. {Guardian}

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