BOOK SMART: These days, Christian Lacroix is really into designing jackets — book jackets, that is. A few months after illustrating the latest Larousse dictionary, Lacroix has taken on a literary endeavor with Paris-based newspaper Liberation. In October, the French daily will publish a 500-page almanac compiling articles from the past 30 years. As artistic director for the project, Lacroix will oversee layout and add his signature illustrations.

SWEDE DREAMS: He wants to be a part of it. Swedish designer Johan Lindeberg, who has been showing his J. Lindeberg men’s wear in Milan the past few years, said he plans to show his fast-growing women’s collection during New York Fashion Week starting in February. “This is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time,” he said. The Diesel executive launched his Stockholm-based firm in 1997 and is gunning for sales of $25 million this year.

TROJAN HORSE: Luca Orlandi, known for his clever fashion show invitations that have ranged from an album cover to a parking ticket, is treading into controversial territory this season with an invitation packaged in a Luca Luca condom wrapper. The box includes “1 premium fashion show invite” and promises fashions “designed for ultra sensation.”

Orlandi was unavailable to comment on his intended message on Wednesday, but a spokesman, perhaps channeling Kenneth Cole, said, “Luca wanted to let everyone in the fashion community know that he has them covered. He wished that the invite came in more than one size.”

Asked if he was concerned anyone might be offended, the spokesman said Orlandi was reacting to the rather serious nature of the times and “wanted to send something to have fun with…get them to laugh.”

GETTING FRESH: Gen Art will host its 10th Fresh Faces in Fashion show on Sept. 10 at the Manhattan Center with the presentations of 12 designers. The nonprofit group, which promotes new designers with group shows around the country, will showcase the work of women’s labels Sarah, Gam in Gale, Katie Zorn, This Dress is Your House, Eventide and Alice Ritter, and men’s wear labels Noah and Yuko Yoshitake. Accessories designs also will be featured at the show from Made Her Think, Ixbalamke, Bliss Lau and Chrishabana. The Fresh Faces show is presented by L’Oréal Féria.

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