THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

The glamorous trio, on location in Rome. Story by Anne Pringle.

D&G for Martini Gold
Dolce & Gabbana are about to release their new video ad campaign for Martini Gold, which will star actress Monica Bellucci, and even a cameo of the designers themselves. The film stayed true to the brand’s Italian roots and was shot entirely in Rome by famed director Jonas Akerland (who has worked with celebs like Lady Gaga and Madonna). The scenes follow Bellucci from behind, as many heads turn in her direction, until she stops to meet her friends Dolce and Gabbana for a martini, when her identity is revealed. (Vogue UK)

Margiela lenses
French design house Maison Martin Margiela and art deco-inspired Cutler and Gross will team up to create a line of eyewear. The collection is to be handmade in Italy, and feature two groups: Anatomic, which will feature large, enveloping shapes, and the other called Wrong Size, comprised of quirky, ill-fitting lenses. The eyewear will hit counters in November, but we might catch an earlier glimpse at the Margiela fashion show on October 1. (WWD)

Gap + Valentino
And in case that collab is going to fall a bit out of your price range, here’s an exciting high-low partnership: The Gap is celebrating its first Italian store with a capsule collection designed by Valentino. The collection will reportedly use “iconic Gap pieces” as its foundation—meaning we can probably expect classic shapes and a little prep. The line is set to debut at the end of November (around the same time as this season’s other exciting high-low collaboration: H&M and Lanvin). Get out your holiday wish list! (WWD)

DVF gets judicial
The Fashion Law Institute has now officially launched under the watch of Fordham Law School and former professor Susan Scafidi, who came up with the concept. The CFDA contributed $50,000 for the start-up of the institute, which aims to educate lawyers and designers on fashion-specific legalities (think copywriting and green initiatives). CFDA president Diane Von Furstenberg is also showing her support: She matched the Council’s donation and officially “opened” the Institute by striking a gavel. (NY Mag)

THE BUY: Jean genie

Story by Caitlin Agnew. Illustrator Cleo Kendall was inspired by the famous 1969 photograph of Marisa Berenson wearing a YSL mini-dress.

“I’ve often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans,” said Yves Saint Laurent in 1970. “They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity—all I hope for in my clothes.”

They also have arguably the most stylish lineage of any article of clothing—from James Dean to Brooke Shields in her Calvins to the Spring 2010 runways, which featured more denim than a Zeppelin reunion concert.

Always stylish, forever cool, and never boring, denim is the universal signifier for casual, confident and effortless chic. In the inaugural edition of The Buy—our weekly column of stylish things—we take a look at this season’s top denim offerings, blue jeans, sure, but also denim shirts, dresses and jackets, all of which are available in Toronto.

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