THE BIG PICTURE: Alexander McQueen’s appetite for art is bigger than his apartment. That’s why the designer recently bought a second London residence, primarily to accommodate a collection that includes large-scale works by Joel-Peter Witkin, Abigail Lane, Nick Knight, Steven Klein and Patty Chang. "I have to rebuild. Everything is too big!" McQueen said. Renovations on the new place in east London will take about a year. Besides an apartment in north London, McQueen also owns a 300-year-old cottage near Hastings.

FAST FRIENDS: During Paris Fashion Week, Louis Vuitton held a dinner in honor of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, who collaborated with Marc Jacobs on Vuitton monogram accessories for spring. Now Murakami will play host. Jacobs is traveling to Tokyo next month to meet with local press, tour stores — and pay a visit to Murakami’s studios just outside the city.

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