TODAY's Takeaway

TODAY's Takeaway: Jackson trial, scrunchies, Jimmy Choo drama

Oct. 3, 2013 at 2:17 PM ET

Today's highlights: Tamara Mellon, co-founder of the famed Jimmy Choo shoe company, discusses her career; Willie Geist tries out the scrunchie trend; Ambassador Samantha Power discusses the situation in Syria.
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Today's highlights: Tamara Mellon, co-founder of the famed Jimmy Choo shoe company, discusses her career; Willie Geist tries out the scrunchie trend; Ambassador Samantha Power discusses the situation in Syria.

1. In an exclusive TODAY interview, America’s new United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power discusses her hopefulness about a landmark deal to rid Syria of its chemical weapons, while noting that Syria still faces the threat of military force.

“We wouldn't even be in this discussion about getting rid of Syria's chemical weapons if not for the credible threat of military force,” Power said. “(President Obama) has not taken that threat off the table. I think Russia is aware that that threat still exists. Syria's aware that threat still exists.”

Video: Samantha Power is the new United States ambassador to the United Nations, as well as the youngest one ever. She tells TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie about her daily balancing act negotiating not only with international leaders, but her two kids under the age of 5. She also talks about her regret over calling Hillary Clinton a "monster" during the 2008 presidential race.

2. In courtroom news, Conrad Murray, the doctor who gave Michael Jackson a fatal dose of propofol, told TODAY exclusively that he felt vindicated by the jury's decision that concert promoter AEG Live was not negligent in the death of Michael Jackson. 

"My immediate reaction was one of tears; certainly, I cried," said Murray, who spoke to Matt Lauer Thursday morning from jail.

Video: Conrad Murray, the doctor who gave Michael Jackson a fatal dose of propofol, tells TODAY’s Matt Lauer he was relieved and cried when he learned AEG was declared not responsible for the singer’s death. He said he was looking forward to restarting his life when he’s released from jail in the coming weeks.

3. There’s always drama in the fashion industry, and when it comes to beloved accessories, some founders claim sole creative proprietorship. 

Tamara Mellon, the woman who founded the Jimmy Choo shoe company immortalized by “Sex and the City” heroine Carrie Bradshaw, said her business partner, Jimmy Choo, never designed a single shoe for the billion-dollar empire named after him.

“Not one sketch did I get from him. Not one,” she told TODAY correspondent Jenna Bush Hager.

Video: Tamara Mellon, the woman who founded and grew the high-end shoe company Jimmy Choo into a powerhouse, talks with TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager about her difficult childhood before starting the famous brand.

4. Is the scrunchie sneaking its way back into fashion? After designers started taking to the iconic fluffy hairband — with Missoni even going so far as to sell one for $95 — TODAY’s crew rocked the retro look. Will it catch on?

"There's a reason we're bringing back the scrunchie — because we love them," declared TODAY’s Natalie Morales.

Video: The scrunchie is making a comeback, but this time around it’s considered high class. Top name fashion designers like Missoni are giving the iconic hair accessory a chic new style, for a premium price, of course.

5. Robin Quivers, Howard Stern’s famous radio sidekick, is now happily cancer-free, which she credits to her new healthy lifestyle.

"I feel fantastic," she said. "I've been declared cancer-free for about three or four months now. It's just a matter of still recovering at home, past all that treatment that kept me out of the studio for this long. But I've been feeling really good.”

Video: For more than 30 years, Robin Quivers has been Howard Stern’s radio sidekick, but she’s been absent from the airwaves while undergoing treatment for cancer. She made a triumphant return to the radio studio yesterday and tells TODAY’s Matt Lauer it feels great being cancer-free.

And that's TODAY's Takeaway!

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