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Kate Middleton's Getting Some Crazy Custom Shoes; Don't Worry, Christian Louboutin Will NOT Be Performing at Crazy Horse

Kate Middleton in her standby black pumps, via Getty
Kate Middleton in her standby black pumps, via Getty

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· Kate Middleton is judging a student design contest that will yield a pair of custom shoes that the duchess is obligated to actually wear. Prepare to see Kate way out of her footwear comfort zone. [Daily Mail]

· A look at the dresses from New York Fashion Week that made it onto the Oscars red carpet: Zac Posen, Marchesa, Badgley Mischka, check. [WSJ]

· In other Oscars news, our LA editors share what it's like to camp out at the Kodak Theater bleachers for the big day. [Racked LA]

· The Mad Men team is amping up the Season 5 hype, starting with this confusing ad starring Don Draper and a naked mannequin. [NY Racked]

· In an interview, shoe designer Christian Louboutin clarifies that he will never, ever, dance at Crazy Horse. Because apparently there are people who would like to see that happen. [Footwear News]