Fashion Scoops: No Shift... Tee Time In London... Soccer Fever...

So much for Patrizio Bertelli's call to change the dates of Milan Fashion Week to January and July from February and September.

SOCCER FEVER: Forget David Beckham in Los Angeles. The Chinese Olympic soccer team is touring Europe this summer and it's doing so in Italian style. Dolce & Gabbana is providing off-the-field looks for the Chinese athletes. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana selected slim single-button black "Martini" suits, black skinny ties and trim white shirts for a streamlined, modern look. More casual pieces include silver nylon bombers, jeans, Ts and sweaters with satin hoods. The venture follows similar deals with AC Milan and with the Italian National Team, winners of last year's World Cup. The Chinese players are playing exhibition games in Europe, a surefire warm-up to next year's games in Beijing.

BIG APPLE BOUND: L'Eclaireur, which runs several cutting-edge fashion stores in Paris (including one with no windows), is crossing the Atlantic. The store, which runs a cafe in its most recent unit, said it would open a 5,000-square-foot address in Plaza Central Park, on New York's Fifth Avenue. The opening is planned for February.

POLO HEAVEN: British denim brand Made in Heaven is linking up with a quintessentially English fixture this weekend. The brand will set up a Made in Heaven tent — decorated with faded Union Jack flags and apple crates to hold the brand's wares — at the Cartier International Polo event at Windsor Great Park on Sunday, to launch its Argentina polo jean. While the jean has a higher waist and seams stitched so that it can be worn for riding, Chloe Lonsdale, the line's designer, predicts most women will instead wear it "to look and feel the part." The Argentina jean is based on the Jodhpur jean, which was part of the original Made in Heaven denim collection launched in 1969 by Tony O'Gorman, the godfather of Lonsdale, who revived the label in 2005. "[The polo event] really represents the culmination of the English season," said Lonsdale. "It attracts the type of customer who wore Made in Heaven the first time around as well as today." The brand also has a hold on the younger end of the English season — its jeans were sold at the Isle of Wight rock festival in June.
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