SUITING UP: Though the film may be called “Duplicity,” Clive Owen opted for the real thing when it came to designer threads. In his role as the corporate spy Ray Koval, opposite Julia Roberts, Owen will sport made-to-measure suits by Giorgio Armani. “I’ve never been better dressed in a movie,” Owens stated. The film hits theaters March 20.
SHOP TALK: There’s no stopping Marc Jacobs — even in this current financial climate. Jacobs’ global reach continues to widen with seven new boutiques this year. Working with Stephan Jaklitsch Architects — his go-to source for the design of his boutiques — Jacobs just opened two stores in Bahrain: a Collection boutique at the Persian Gulf kingdom’s Moda Mall, and a Marc by Marc Jacobs boutique in the Bahrain City Centre. Jacobs also just opened a Collection store in São Paolo’s Jardins district, and later this month will unveil a Marc by Marc Jacobs store in London, on the corner of Mount and Audley Streets. In June, Jacobs plans to add to the Chicago retail scene with a 2,988-square-foot Collection store at the new Elysian building, on the corner of Walton and Rush Streets. And he will round the year out with a Collection boutique in Hong Kong and Seoul.
YOUNG GUN: French cataloguer La Redoute has tapped hot young couturier Alexis Mabille, 31, to create a one-off ready-to-wear and accessories collection, which will be available beginning in July. Among the pieces on offer will be a satin midnight blue bolero, an evening dress and a pink cotton pique shirt.