Haute Couture, Christian Lacroix & JCPenney, Too

• In the market for a $40,000 dress? Better jump on a plane to Paris. Haute Couture Week kicked off today. [AP, Vogue UK, Independent, FWD]
• The situation at Christian Lacroix, which filed for bankruptcy a few weeks back, is getting bleaker by the day: The company may be reduced from 124 employees to 12 if a buyer doesn't materialize soon. [WWD, Cut]
• The JCPenney at the Manhattan Mall opens in a mere 25 days. Don't forget to update your cousins in Omaha so they can mark their calendars. [Racked]
• Roberto Cavalli claims he never pays attention to costs ("I don't know anything about the financial crisis"), thinks Dubai is "a city for the future," and says all he really wants is to be loved. So, yes, he's human. [Times UK]
Elle's Joe Zee is now tweeting, just so you know. [Twitter]

Tara Subkoff has been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. Jeffrey Deitch will host a silent auction to raise money for the cause on July 15. [Cut]
Anna Wintour attended a recent performance of Twelfth Night with Hugh Jackman and says they're working on a (mystery) project together. [NYDN]
• The Wall Street Journal explores skinny jeans for men today. [WSJ]
• Marion Cotillard will appear in new Dior ads, shot by Annie Leibovitz. [WWD]
• Lady Gaga cleans up nicely for her new spread in V, no? [Pipeline]