Marc Jacobs, who attended opening festivities for the 50th Venice Biennale last week, wasn’t only interested in the art. He also was marveling at all the counterfeit Louis Vuitton handbags his collaboration with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has unleashed. “The variety of knockoffs was beyond astounding,” he said, describing all manner of convincing and far-fetched copies, including bags made of transparent vinyl printed with cherry blossoms. “I was just blown away. Of course, there are some [Murakami bags] in the window of the Louis Vuitton shop in Venice. Not that there were necessarily any available for sale.” Indeed, not only are there waiting lists for the coveted bags, Jacobs was even alerted to one cunning ploy: a woman auctioning off her spot on a Murakami waiting list on eBay.

ISAAC TARGETS L.A.: Isaac Mizrahi, who’s been busy since announcing his Target line in February, was in Los Angeles over the weekend to promote the collection, which hits stores in August, and to emcee the closing night of the L.A. Film Festival at the Wadsworth Theater, sponsored by Target. “Wait until you see the stuff, you are going to freak out,” he gushed. “It looks just like everything you’ve always wanted and it costs, like, $9.99.” Actually, there are suede skirts for $40, denim blazers and corduroy dresses for $25 and tank tops for, yes, $9.99. “And the shoes are unbelievable — handbags too,” he continued. “It’s all women’s stuff so far, but stick around, because I have big plans.” And even though Los Angeles was in the throes of its own June gloom, Mizrahi was all smiles, “because New York is like a deluge. This is, by contrast, fantastic.”

NINE LIVES: The Thierry Mugler fashion house might be coming to an end, but it’s living on in many surprising ways. Mugler’s parent, Groupe Clarins, confirmed it’s in negotiations to license Mugler’s men’s wear to Italian firm Tombolini. Meanwhile, various licenses for Mugler products —from eyewear to handbags and jeans — are expected to continue. As reported, Clarins is negotiating to have Balmain take over the Mugler Couture factory in Angers, France, and four Mugler boutiques. Clarins is shuttering the money-losing fashion house to concentrate on Mugler fragrances.CARMEN GET IT: When “Carmen” returns to the stage at the reopening of the Roman hot springs of Terme di Caracalla on July 24, the cast will be wearing the designs of Alberta Ferretti. For the production, director Francesco Esposito looked to create the myth of “Carmen” with staging by Italo Grassi and Ferretti’s 490 costumes, which were designed to evoke a “hot sensuality,” with diaphanous chiffon for some characters and others in blankets and shawls over gauze and linen to give a feel of the Andalusian atmosphere.

“It is exciting to transfer my creativity to artists and creative persons who work in an environment far from my daily life,” Ferretti said.

Speaking of environments far from her daily life, Ferretti is traveling in Jordan this week for the 10th anniversary party of Queen Rania and King Abdullah.

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