BURBERRY’S BUSY FALL: Burberry, fresh off chief executive Rose Marie Bravo’s decision to extend her contract until 2006, is prepping for an action-packed autumn with a range of events across the world. The action kicks off on Oct. 16 when the company, which is sponsoring Mario Testino’s traveling Portraits exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, will host an opening party. On Oct. 20, Bravo will zip to the West Coast to receive a special legends award from the Costume Council of Los Angeles for her contribution to the fashion industry. The next night, Burberry will host an opening party at its refurbished, 12,500-square-foot San Francisco unit on Post Street. In November, the British luxury label will open its first Rome store — 7,992 square feet — at 61 via Condotti, the city’s main fashion avenue.

REEL PICTURE: Fifteen minutes of fame wasn’t enough for Kwame Jackson of “The Apprentice.” He is expected to be trawling the Designers’ Collective trade show this week for ideas for the men’s apparel line he aims to launch this fall.

BAG IT: Lots of “It” girls get their “It” bags for free. For the nonboldface names, there’s a new source — Bagborroworsteal.com. A $99 monthly fee lets you borrow the Kate Spade, Gucci or Prada bag of your choice. For $20, customers can have Coach, Ralph Lauren or a trendy bag with no name. You can keep the bag as long as you want, or trade it in for another as soon as it bores you, for that “I have 1,000 more just like this in my closet” look. If the relationship lasts, Bagborroworsteal.com will quote you a price. The service, which is two months old, says it has 500 customers and an inventory of 2,000 bags, although its Web site displays 562 choices. At least one of those, a Gucci canvas logo bag with a chain handle and leather trim, appears to be from the current crop. The company does not yet buy directly from manufacturers, but all its bags are authentic, said co-founders Lloyd Lapidus and Greg Pippo. The average bag stays out for at least a month, and so far, the bags have come back in good condition, said Lapidus. The site charges a fee for damage, which varies depending on the bag, but won’t exceed $150.

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