Gareth Pugh (left) has just opened his first store in Hong Kong, for which he shipped in tubs and tubs of black rubber paint from England. “What could be more me than a black box?” he asked of his design strategy. A black box full of nails, we’d say, though that might not be the most comfortable shopping experience.

The Lanvin invasion continues. Just weeks after opening its Manhattan store, Alber Elbaz and co. are preparing to bow on Rodeo Drive.

And while Europe is sending its best toward America, the U.S. of A. is responding in kind: Gap is set to open its first store in Milan. But before that, the label is dipping a toe in the water with a capsule collection, designed with 10 Corso Como’s Franca Sozzani, to be sold at a temporary store during fashion week in September.
Design it like Beckham? Victoria has apparently tapped hubby David B. to design a line of menswear to complement her own women’s collection. Do we see tattooed suits in the future?

Mamma mia! Is Italian suitmaking too Italian to survive?