Giorgio Armani is finally going to Los Angeles. The designer has scheduled his rain date to receive the first “Rodeo Drive Walk of Style” award in Beverly Hills for Sept. 9, after the original Oscar Week presentation was canceled during the war on Iraq. Armani’s engagement is expected to be announced at today’s unveiling of Robert Graham’s 14-foot sculpture, “Torso,” which stands as the new centerpiece of the Walk of Style at the intersection of Dayton Way. The event is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and W, WWD’s sister publication.

NOUVEAU YORK: Marc Jacobs has become quite an expert on Paris, having lived there for several years as Louis Vuitton’s creative director. So why shouldn’t Vuitton, which is opening a 15,000-square-foot Manhattan flagship, put itself forth as a bit of an expert on Gotham? Word has it the luxury giant is planning to come out with one of its famous “City Guides” for New York. The chic guides, until now devoted to cities in Europe, list hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shops and hip neighborhoods.

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