MOVING BACKWARD: The new year hasn't even begun and already the fashion calendar is shifting. The Italian Chamber of Fashion has moved Milan Fashion Week back by two days to Feb. 16 to 23 from Feb 18 to 25. At press time, the Fédération Française de la Couture also was working on moving Paris Fashion Week to Feb. 24 to March 2, from Feb. 26 to March 4. Mario Boselli, head of the Italian fashion body, said the two associations have decided to postpone their original two-day shift forward of their respective fashion weeks until 2009. "Luckily, in 2009, the shows in Milan will run from Wednesday to Wednesday and we will be able to have a strong weekend in the middle of the shows," said Boselli. Or else everything will be squeezed into five days again and buyers and press will grow exhausted.
SOMETHING FISHY: Lovers of fashion and caviar can have it all in one rather expensive package this holiday season. Retired couturier Yves Saint Laurent has reprised a 1973 New Year's design for his 2008 "Lovebox" for Pierre Bergé's Prunier caviar house. The 4-oz. tin, containing premium Saint-James caviar, sells for 375 euros, or $556 at current exchange. No-logo types might consider Prunier's "One to One" caviar, a beige box containing 4 oz. of eggs from a single fish, delivered within 24 hours of their harvest in the Bordeaux region, for 250 euros, or $371.
INTERNATIONAL MAN: Clive Owen may have breezed in and out of Milan to sit front and center at Giorgio Armani's shows, but this time he's back in town for work -— the British actor is filming "The International" with Naomi Watts. Director Tom Tyker selected many of Milan's landmarks for the action thriller, including the Pirelli Building — or, as the Italians say, Pirellone. The Gio Ponti-designed palazzo is the tallest building in Milan and the closest thing the city has to a skyscraper. Today, filming will move on to the city's Fascist-era train station. More than 1,700 extras are expected to descend on Milano Centrale. In the film, Owen plays an Interpol agent investigating a powerful banking institution and its connection to arms dealers. Watts plays a Manhattan district attorney who becomes the agent's unlikely ally in taking the bank down. The crime thriller is set to be released on Aug. 15 in the U.S. and on Oct. 17 in Italy.