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Milan, Off The Runways

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Milan fashion week begins in earnest today, but the continuing financial crisis has put something of a damper on the party scene. That should make this February a perfect time to rediscover favorite old haunts. Expect the editors to beeline for the cozy trattoria La Libera—its Bugsy Malone-styled owner, Italo, has already found his way before the Sartorialist’s lens. For aperitivi, there’s the legendary Bar Jamaica. The clientele—largely from the nearby Brera Art Academy—gives it a suitably bohemian atmosphere, but it’s truly infamous for being the site where the Futurist manifesto was plotted. Fashion’s own futurists may find it an appealing watering hole. Anti-bohemians will flock to Armani’s revamped café (pictured) off Via Manzoni for the food and the model-gorgeous wait staff, or maybe just to get a feel for the new Giorgio Armani Hotel that’s due to open directly above it in early 2011. After hours, the fashion week party at Lotvs’ second floor, La Bouche, will draw crowds, but the real night owls will head to Marcello Burlon’s Pink Is Punk party. Why? The guest DJ, Margherita Missoni.

Of course, editors in their off hours are not only eating, drinking, and partying. There are plenty of art exhibitions—funded by the various fashion houses and retailers—going on for a little culture throughout the week. Louis Vuitton’s installation by Sudarshan Shetty, the Ferragamo-sponsored show on Greta Garbo’s style at the Triennale, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld’s exhibition of Richard Hambleton paintings (courtesy of Armani), and 10 Corso Como’s display of Tim Walker photos will all be on display. They’ll all, of course, be attended by parties to celebrate them—this is fashion week, after all.

Photo: Courtesy of Caffe Armani

How To Keep Warm This Fashion Week, Louis’ Able Bodies, And More…

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WWD checks in with a few key influencers to hear their fashion week plans, schemes, and strategies. Our favorite question? How to stay warm during NYFW. Our favorite answer? Model Hannah Holman’s (pictured): “Snogging.” [WWD]

The latest designer to jump on the show-streaming bandwagon: Calvin Klein, which will stream its men’s and women’s Collection shows on Sunday the 14th and Thursday the 18th, respectively. [WWD]

LV celebrates gorgeous bodies, enviable looks…and, uh, they’re cars. The label has announced that it will present its second annual Louis Vuitton Classic Awards later this month at the BMW Museum in Munich. The winners: a ’38 Alfa-Romeo and the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics system. [Vogue U.K.]

And the complete Sonia Rykiel for H&M looks—and prices—have hit the Web. The pieces start at $5.95 and top out at $69.95. [The Cut]

Photo: Greg Kessler

The Gaultier-Chris Brown Mash-up; Annie and Demi in Front of the Cameras; And More…

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Chris Brown and Jean Paul Gaultier at JPG’s Fall menswear show. This picture is probably worth more than a thousand words. [NY Mag]

Louis Vuitton’s “Icons” campaign soldiers on, and the latest star is one who usually finds herself behind the camera: Annie Leibovitz. Apparently, she used her fee to hire another celeb to co-star with her, Mikhail Baryshnikov. No offense, Annie, but do you maybe have a better use for that check? [WWD]

The ladies at Jezebel line up Demi Moore’s Photoshopped fragrance ad with one of hubby Ashton’s twitpics to come to the following conclusion: Demi’s gorgeous; Photoshop’s bad. We’d say stop the presses but, y’know, we don’t have any. [Jezebel]

And shoppers, to your marks: Jonathan Saunders for Topshop hits the chain’s Soho store today. [Nitrolicious]

Photo: Eric Ryan / Getty Images

Paris Menswear: Louis Vuitton, Meet Franz

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Test any season’s dark waters and you’ll inevitably find a few curious subcurrents. There have been, for example, vague hints of rebellion in the air during the men’s shows for Fall 2010. They’re hard to take too seriously, of course, when they’re attached to some of the most expensive clothing in the world, but nevertheless, you had Armani murmuring about revolution in his signature presentation, Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier channeling teddy boys, and on the first day of the Paris shows, Paul Helbers at Louis Vuitton taking a cue from the Vienna Secession, the early-twentieth-century design movement that rejected the artistic status quo of the time in favor of a freer, modern alternative.

Helbers had Kafka on his mind, too (even though Franz K. only visited Vienna once, for four days), and Frederic Sanchez’s soundtrack featured a voice reading from the author’s work in its original German. But I was more taken with the mix of a Viennese waltz and pulsating, heavy electronics. That duality was taken up by the clothes, which worked striking contrasts: a coat that combined a leather yoke and a nylon body, a shirt featuring striped and solid sleeves, tailored wool jackets with a leather midriff, a chunky tan leather coat worn over a chic mohair tux. All that, plus a general, slightly jarring mash-up of formal and casual (shirts untucked under jackets, peasant-y clog boots paired with a suit, smart pants tucked into socks). Helbers called it “bleisure,” after the Secession artists’ way of mixing clothes for work and play. But that doesn’t quite roll off the tongue. I think Sigmund Freud, another of Vienna’s favorite sons, had a better name for it. One of his pet theories was “the divided self.” Beats bleisure.
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Photo: Monica Feudi

Blasblog: Marc Jacobs On Why He Wanted Lara for LV

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I remember back in 2002, when I heard that Marc Jacobs had shot Jennifer Lopez to be the face of Louis Vuitton. Uh-oh, I thought to myself, this won’t be a onetime thing. (Now that I think about it, I heard about J. Lo through an archaic grapevine: not a blog, but a good old-fashioned gossipmonger, live and in person. Another novel idea.) Sure enough, in the years that have followed, celebrities have fronted the brand time and again: Uma Thurman, Scarlett Johansson, Diane Kruger, and Christina Ricci, to name a few. Sure, there was that season when Mert & Marcus shot Naomi and Kate in some sand dunes, but those girls aren’t just models.

Well, judging from the Spring shots already in magazines and the tone of the making-of video (below), it seems it’s time for another change. This season, when the celebrity quotient couldn’t be raised higher—I mean, c’mon, how are you going to follow up back-to-back campaigns featuring Madonna?—Jacobs has returned to a face more familiar on the catwalk than the tabloids: Lara Stone. (Though with more international Vogue covers than you can shake a stick at, Stone isn’t exactly an unknown quantity.) Why the shift? For answers, I went straight to the man himself. “Lara is a modern, iconic, sexy beauty,” Marc told me, “one who the Louis Vuitton customer will, I think, relate to and want to look like. The campaign is very optimistic.” And, of course, even without a Hollywood face, there’s definitely some star power. “The accessories are the stars,” he continued. “The bags, the shoes, the jewelry, and of course the clothes are covetable, colorful, and totally luxurious.” Even after he’s rolled them around in the mud, it’s hard to disagree.