Fashion Friday: Vera Wang Copies Kate Middleton and Other Style Scoop

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NewsFeed’s Feifei Sun rounds up the brilliant and bizarre from this week in fashion. 

Vera Wang’s Bridal Empire Expands. After taking her wedding gowns to the mass market with a partnership with David’s Bridal, Vera Wang’s now jumping into the jewelry industry with Zales. “Vera Wang Love,” available in stores this October, is a collection of 50 engagement rings, each with a sapphire stone. Remind you of another famous engagement ring? [WWD]

(PHOTOS: Kate Middleton’s sapphire and other unusual engagement rings)

The Power of Prada. Vogue editor Anna Wintour and movie producer Harvey Weinstein hosted a $35,800/person fundraiser for New York this week. $35,800! Per person! [Fashion Week Daily]

DIY Shoes. In her attempt to make footwear sustainable, Israeli designer Sharon Golan created Shell 256, a shoe design that comes with 16 interchangeable parts made from recycled plastic. We love the idea, but judging from the pictures, we’re just not sure how we’d actually, you know, walk in them. [Green Prophet]

Jean Sweatpants. Diesel has launched Jogg-jeans, which are a hybrid of jeans and sweatpants. The denim company says the pants are designed to give “a denim illusion from the outside and a sweat look from the inside.” [MTV Style]

So Fresh and So Coppery. A Chilean company is selling panties made with processed copper, which they say eliminates bacteria and fungi that forms on skin. The brand has been endorsed by one of the Chilean miners trapped last year, but we say, don’t try this one at home, kids.  [Guanabee]

Feifei Sun is a reporter at TIME. Find her on Twitter at @Feifei_Sun or on Facebook. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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