- In London for Fashion Week? UK Vogue reports on the best places to eat: “Vogue loves Claridges, for a luxury crashout when there "simply aren’t any taxis – I’ll have to stay in town", or a few Negronis at the cocktail bar, eyes peeled for Luella Bartley. The restaurant’s a bit Daily Mail nowadays, so head up the road instead to the brilliant La Petite Maison for truffled macaroni and lashings of style.Giles Deacon is a big fan of Canteen, and so am I. It’s unpretentious, functional, with cleanly designed dishes matching an urban cool eatership. You won’t spend a fortune here, so plenty of cash to spare for cocktails at Shoreditch House, probably the only worthwhile reason for ever visiting east London. Nobody’s up in time for breakfast, so save The Wolseley for a restorative brunch on Saturday. A unique institution that daily pulls in the best of fashion, art and media lands; I just don’t know how we managed without it. Or head to Wonder Bar and Wine Shop, Ground Floor, Selfridges London 400 Oxford Street www.vogue.co.uk
- Kate Moss has collaborated with celebrity stylist James Brown for Hair Care called James Brown London. The line smells like bluebells—"that’s Kate’s favorite scent," —and prices start at $12; sold exclusively at Boots in the U.K
- It’s taken a few mere hours for Amy Sacco’s London outpost of Bungalow 8 to fulfil the same function it did in Manhattan—i.e., it’s the place where the world ends up after hours. 45 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden. London.
- Christian Dior in Paris celebrated its 60th anniversary party. WWD reports: ‘that practically every power player in town, acres of roses and Christian Dior’s favourite caviar-spiked vichyssoise were ingredients at its recently renovated Avenue Montaigne flagship store. Architect Peter Marino, decked out in leather gear worthy of The Village People, got a hearty welcome from the celebrity spotters gathered outside. "Eets fun to stay at ze Y.M.C.A.!" one sang. But there was no mistaking the stars who packed into the boutique, including Sharon Stone, Juliette Binoche, Charlotte Rampling and Elton John, who promptly bought two handbags and later performed for 45 minutes. "I don’t need to buy anything; they give it to me," boasted Monica Bellucci, who was swilling Champagne with Eva Herzigova and Yasmin Le Bon. Delphine Arnault, Albert Frère and Bernadette Chirac, and French prime minister François Fillon squeezed by Marc Jacobs who remained on the offensive about his late start during fashion week, disclosing that he’s received letters of support from Karl Lagerfeld and Hedi Slimane. "I feel like Norma Rae," he said. But when he and Suzy Menkes crossed paths, kisses were exchanged and all seemed to be forgiven.’
- ‘Fashion week kicks off Saturday in Milan and promises to be more compact than ever, with 233 collections — 96 shows for 90 brands, 95 presentations and 53 lines showing by appointment only — officially scheduled through Sept. 29. n a nod to culture and entertainment, the calendar is enriched with a roster of exhibitions and store openings. On Monday, an evening party at Palazzo Reale will mark the opening of three exhibitions: Vivienne Westwood — 35 Years of Fashion, curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum; 330 works by David LaChapelle, comprising a retrospective and a never-before-seen cycle of photos inspired by Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and a group of 140 photos by Gian Paolo Barbieri. Boutique openings include the renovated Moschino and Blumarine stores. A number of firsts are on tap, too, including Martin Margiela’s inaugural shop in Italy, Dsquared’s worldwide flagship, the first Romeo Gigli cafe, and footwear brand Renè Caovilla’s runway debut’ ….reports WWD
- ‘A late Gucci show shouldn’t ruffle any feathers on Sept. 26 as the luxury goods house plans a preview screening of a video directed by David Lynch for its new fragrance, Gucci by Gucci, before the models strut the catwalk.The mini film is the first TV ad campaign in Gucci’s history and celebrates the first fragrance concocted by creative director Frida Giannini. Specially edited for the show with Blondie’s "Heart of Glass" soundtrack, it stars models Raquel Zimmerman, Natasha Poly and Freja Beha Erichsen. The ad, filmed in Paris at the Musée National des Arts D’Afrique et D’Océanie, will air in Europe at the end of October and worldwide in early 2008. Gucci also created a print ad campaign with the same models, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, which will appear in beauty magazines in November. reports WWD
- In Milan stay at the Town House Galleria; Europe’s first seven-star hotel. WWD reports “ A few steps from the Duomo Cathedral and La Scala Theatre, this unique hotel features 24 stylish suites each individually arranged and dedicated to a famous classical musician. Located above the historical first Fratelli Prada store — the exclusive Town House Galleria provides a 24-hour personal butler, among other amenities. Guests must know the address, though, as there’s no outside signage on the facade of the building’ www.townhousegalleria.it