BLACK PACK: The show isn't over for everyone now that Paris Fashion Week has come to a close. Today, Raf Simons, Bernard Willhelm, Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela and Ann Demeulemeester are just a few of the local designers likely to attend the opening of Yohji Yamamoto's sprawling new Antwerp flagship, situated in the former restaurant of the MoMu museum. Yamamoto's daughter, Limi, will also attend the bash.
BIG IN UKRAINE: Who was that woman wearing a huge silver star on her head at Sonia Rykiel? No, it wasn't Borat in disguise. It was Verka Serduchka, aka Andriy Mykhailovych Danylko, the self-described "Ukrainian Cinderella," who took second place in this year's Eurovision song contest. "I'm a designer myself," offered the cross-dressing Serduchka through a translator. "It's so much fun."
WORLD MUSIC: Michel Gaubert, who concocted show music for the likes of Balenciaga, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld and Jeremy Scott during Paris Fashion Week, is taking his own stab at fashion. The music maestro unveiled a line of bags for Longchamp at the Hotel Bristol last week, comprising six styles splashed with musical icons such as headphones and cassettes. The line retails from $90 for an iPod case to $1,580 for a vinyl case on wheels. A travel book is also in the pipeline, due for release in March. "I travel so much with my work that I've decided to share all of my favorite places off of the beaten track," said Gaubert.