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There’s no shortage of drama at Liz Claiborne. On election night, Michelle Obama wore a black-and-red dress by Narciso Rodriguez. Unfortunately for Liz CEO William McComb, he had just ended the company’s relationship with the designer.

Off the Runway There’s no shortage of drama at Liz Claiborne (“Project Rehab,” April 2008). On election night, Michelle Obama wore a black-and-red dress by Narciso Rodriguez. Unfortunately for Liz CEO William McComb, he had just ended the company’s relationship with the designer. But Liz will have a moment in the limelight this month, when Isaac Mizrahi unveils his first line for the brand. Think “color therapy,” McComb says. — Danielle Sacks

The Next Pixar?

“What we’re doing will blow people away,” predicted Travis Knight when we visited the set of Coraline at Laika Entertainment, the father-and-son studio owned by Nike cofounder Phil Knight (“The Knights’ Tale,” July/August 2007). Travis could be right. The film’s 3-D stop-motion animation, an industry first, is dazzling — and time-consuming. “Dear God, it’s hard,” Travis told the audience at a New York screening in November. When the nearly $70 million movie opens nationwide on February 6, we’ll see if Laika, now with more than a dozen films in development, is a worthy challenger to Pixar. — Chuck Salter

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