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Catherine Malandrino is planning a little treat for the boys in the audience of her Malandrino show on Monday — a capsule men's wear collection featuring six tuxedo looks with embroidered vests. "I was inspired by 'La nouvelle Vague,' the Latin quarter in Paris and the French dandy, Jean-Paul Belmondo in 'Le Magnifique,' Serge Gainsbourg for his outstanding easiness and elegance, Marcello Mastroianni in 'La Dolce Vita' and Sean Connery as the irresistible James [Bond]," the designer said. Malandrino added some texture and contrasts to the pieces, which resemble her women's designs with silk taffeta moiré pants, a white velvet tuxedo jacket and embroidered vests, for instance. "I appreciate men who are chic and elegant all day long, who are bold enough to wear a tuxedo jacket during the day with an old pair of jeans, and who can dress it up like a gentleman at night in tuxedo, going to a black-tie event," she said. The men's wear can be custom-ordered at the Maison Malandrino, which will open its doors on Melrose Place in Los Angeles in April, and feature a salon devoted to it. CROWD CONTROL:
Conventional wisdom suggests that front row at the Rag & Bone show isn't the best place to catch some R&R. Alas, many of the guests at Friday's show such as Gisele Bündchen (who has yet to join her beau Tom Brady in Arizona), Julianne Moore and Ellen Pompeo seemed unprepared for the frenzied atmosphere. "I thought it was going to be a lot different," remarked a surprisingly shell-shocked Moore as she surveyed a calvacade of photographers and reporters. "I thought it was going to be a lot quieter."
For her part, Pompeo (who arrived with hubby Chris Ivery), managed to avoid most of the media mayhem thanks to a strategically placed handler. "Ellen would like to take a break," her makeshift body guard announced to a crowd of eager shutterbugs and journalists. Still, other celebs seemed willing to put up with the excitement for the rest of the week. Becki Newton of "Ugly Betty" reported that she was most excited for Wednesday's dinner hosted by Gucci and Madonna. "We want to see Madonna because she owes us lots of money," joked Newton's husband actor Chris Diamantopoulos.