Fashion news: H1N1-proof suit, Christian Lacroix saved and why women wear heels

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Could swine flu help the economy? It may have fashion freaks and germaphobes alike handing over $580 for a suit developed by Japanese company Haruyama Trading Co. that apparently protects against the H1N1 virus. The suit has a titanium dioxide coating, which fights viruses, but the protective layer can only withstand a few washes before wearing off. Plus, the suit still leaves the face ripe and ready for virus entry. [The Cut]

A curator, a podiatrist, an economics professor, a soap star and a fashion blogger talk about why women wear painful shoes. One thought: You can’t be too tall. [NYTimes, via Racked]

The Hamptons International Film Festival will feature five short films by none other than Bloomingdale’s. Executive vice president of creative services Jack Hruska told WWD, “It’s part of Bloomingdale’s DNA to uncover new talent whether in fashion or home, or, in this case, entertainment.” [WWD]

The SOS sent out by Christian Lacroix earlier this month has been answered. Although the deal has not been finalized, Al Hassan bin Ali Al-Nuami has made a bid to save the company wherein the designer would become a minority shareholder. The commercial court will meet around October 20 to pass the purchase. [Fashionologie]

A former Guess model is suing the company, alleging that chief executive officer Paul Marciano sexually harassed her. Lindsey Ring claims that Marciano made sexual advances toward her and upon refusal, cut her hours. She is claiming damages of lost wages and mental anguish. [WWD]

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