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Mary Katrantzou Makes Forays Into Menswear; Kate Upton Wears Louboutin’s Classy ‘Sex’ Shoes

Baptiste Giabiconi, deep in thought — about Katy Perry. Or not.
Baptiste Giabiconi, deep in thought — about Katy Perry. Or not. Photo: Karl Lagerfeld for Numero

Mary Katrantzou says she designed her first menswear item quite by chance. “It was a happy accident. In Paris and LA, a few male friends tried on the jacket from our spring/summer 2012 collection for fun and they loved it. A picture of a friend of mine wearing the suit ended up on a blog, where Henry [Holland] spotted it! I never thought it would appeal to men when designing it. Cameron Silver also debuted his suit at the Sidaction dinner in Paris. It made me think we should have had more offerings.” Yes, please! [Vogue UK]

• Kate Upton wore the Christian Louboutin “sex” shoes to Monday night’s Jeffrey Fashion Cares show. [NYDN]

Karl Lagerfeld shot Baptiste Giabiconi styled like a gladiator for the new issue of Numéro Homme, and yes, there’s a shot of Baptiste in his underwear — stripey briefs. [OhLaLa]

• Maje pays homage to Brigitte Bardot with a new, limited edition line of five T-shirts featuring her image. [Teen Vogue]

Refinery29 breaks down what your “It” bag says about you. [Refinery29]

• Joan Smalls covers the May issue of Vogue Australia. [Design Scene]

• You can now own a little bit of Paula Abdul — clothing that is, not the crazy. The former American Idol/X Factor judge is selling 1,500 items from her personal wardrobe (including a Miss Sixty tube top and a faux-leather jacket) through Linda’s Stuff Inc., an online consignment company that sells goods on eBay and other sites. [WSJ]

• Here’s a particularly comfortable look from the Christian Dada show at Tokyo Fashion Week — a model in maroon skinny jeans and a “top” made of cushions. [Boing Boing]

• Financial analysts credit strong sales across both Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein’s brands with lifting PVH profits for 2011. [WWD]

• Rizzoli will publish a new book called Stars in Dior, to be released in the U.S. this September. [THR]

• Catherine Monteiro de Barros, childrenswear design vice-president at Oscar de la Renta, shares her favorite family vacation spots — her list includes Portugal, the West Indies, and the Scottish Highlands. [Vogue]

• Club Monaco’s e-commerce site went live yesterday and is now ready for your orders. [SheFinds]

Tom Ford opens a menswear store in Paris. [WWD]

Katrantzou’s Menswear Forays; Upton’s ‘Sex’ Shoes