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CAR CULTURE: In recent years, Louis Vuitton has collaborated with Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince. The house’s newest partner, though, is not from the arts world. At the Louis Vuitton Classic Awards, which were held in Geneva on Monday, the company unveiled that it teamed up with Infiniti, the luxe division of Nissan Motor Co., on a new set of luggage for the brand’s Essence hybrid concept car. The Damier Graphite canvas luggage pieces — currently displayed at the Geneva Motor Show — are designed to fit into the trunk of the car, and one of the cases is hand-painted in Infiniti colors with the initials of Nissan design director Shiro Nakamura. The project is in the spirit of Vuitton’s history. More than a century ago, the house made trunks for automobile makers like Mercedes, Hotchkiss and Panhard-Levassor, and accessories for companies such as Bugatti, Rolls-Royce and Kellner.

COAST TO COAST: How do New Yorkers compare to Angelenos when it comes to the ideal body for clothes? “Athletic and augmented, that’s the AA of L.A.,” Cameron Silver of Decades declared on Tuesday, at a gathering at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on “Fashion Fault Lines: West Coast/East Coast.” Los Angeles’ Silver discussed the topic with New Yorker Tiffany Dubin and Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. Silver said the style on the West Coast is defined by the juxtaposition between casual, activewear looks worn for Starbucks runs and the glittery evening gowns on the red-carpet circuit. “It’s schleppy versus fabulous,” he said. The trio talked about the significance of stylists and how every socialite and actress demands free clothes today, before the conversation veered toward vintage clothing — something vintage lover Dubin knows much about. “You’re an owner, not a loaner, that’s why we love you,” Silver told her.


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