Not everyone feels like a rock star on Fashion Week. But not everyone is Valentino.
This picture finds the emperor at Barneys’ karaoke-themed bash on Saturday night—literally surrounded by beautiful women. It may have had something to do with the madder pocket square, or his newfound affection for bracelets, or his age-defying hair...but we like to think it was just Valentino being Valentino.
Now that we’re well into the peak of summer, we’ve started pondering one of our favorite summer power moves: the white suit.
It’s a humble, gentlemanly way of saying “I get invited to a lot of semi-formal barbecues,” and nothing looks quite as sharp at a lawn party. The only problem is, it can be a little tricky to pull off.
Naturally, the usual rules of the suit still apply—snug shoulders, an appropriately hip jacket length, slight break in the trousers—but there are a couple new ones too. Luckily, we’re around to walk you through them…
We don't want to be unkind - oh, fuck it, why not? - but doesn't this snap of weather-beaten couture king Valentino clutching a radiant and youthful Keira Knightley have more than touch of the [Nosferatu](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nosferatu_(word) about it? The knockout Knightley bore up well we have to say, at a screening of her new flick *The Duchess* hosted by *Vogue* and Chanel the other night.
Image Maker: Valentino's new men's line will take direct inspiration from the house's founder. Shocker. [DNRNews]
Cutting Edge: At Hong Kong Fashion week the models are fully trained in the ancient arts of self defense. [Monsters and Critics]
Buyers Beware: It doesn't matter if you're a buyer for Bergdorf Goodman with millions of dollars of purchasing power, the ability to save or destroy fashion labels and a lifetime in the industry—if Beyonce needs to sit, they're making you stand. [The Observer]
A Match Made in Heaven: Rumors are swirling that the bombastic, unpredictable fashion diva Naomi Campbell and bombastic, unpredictable semi-fascist dictator Hugo Chavez are now are getting all Nic and Carla. Lovers of democracy beware. [Fashion Mag Daily]
Departure: Graydon Carter's former assistant and current Departures Associate Articles Editor Matt Trainor will look to transform Ralph's site. In other news, polos will still be available in many colors. [WWD, second entry]
Internal Promotion: No major superstar hirings to come at Valentino menswear after he retires—give it a season or two. [Reuters UK]