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Giorgio Armani's North American CEO Resigns, Topshop Auctions Off Models' Met Ball Dresses

Plus: Jean Paul Gaultier workers plan to protest and Burberry's new flagship focuses on personalization.

The CEO of Giorgio Armani Corp., the Armani Group’s North American subsidiary, is stepping down. Since 2011, Graziano de Boni has focused on expanding the brand in North America by opening several stores, helping it become 20 percent of the group's overall business. His resignation is effective at the end of this year. {WWD}

Remember those custom Topshop dresses that models Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn, Kendall Jenner and Toni Garrn wore to this year’s Met Gala? Well, now they can be yours. Once again, the British retailer is auctioning off the dresses it designed for fashion’s biggest red carpet event. The gowns will be up on Ebay for 10 days starting Nov. 27, with all proceeds donated to the Ralph Lauren-founded charity, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. {The Telegraph}

Following the decision to shutter Jean Paul Gaultier’s ready-to-wear business, employees of the French fashion house are planning to demonstrate against proposed job cuts. Employees are especially frustrated about being let go in light of the financial health of Gaultier’s parent group Puig, whose net income rose 2 percent in 2013 to 176 million euros. {WWD}

Burberry’s new flagship store in Beverly Hills may be a high-tech shopper's dream come true, but Christopher Bailey isn’t just focusing on the bells and whistles. According to Bailey, his investment in technology at the Rodeo Drive location represents his ambitions to create a more personalized shopping experience across the entire brand. For example, the British heritage brand plans to create digital profiles of shoppers that sales associates can access right there in store. {WWD}

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