LEADING MAN: Giorgio Armani collaborated with “Inglourious Basterds” costume designer Anna B. Sheppard to create a made-to-measure dinner jacket for Brad Pitt’s character to wear in a key scene. The two-button white dinner jacket with peak lapels would normally retail for $4,375. Meanwhile, this week, Pitt has worn Tom Ford suits to the Los Angeles premiere of “Inglourious Basterds” and to the New York premiere of “The Time Traveler’s Wife.”

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DESIGN?: After a few months of modeling teaser pieces, Katie Holmes, who’s clearly intent on proving she’s not a one-trick pony (Broadway, “So You Think You Can Dance?”), is ready to unveil Holmes & Yang, the collection she’s been designing with her stylist, Jeanne Yang. The duo’s “premium designer” line, which includes women’s and children’s wear — presumably inspired by Suri Cruise — and is said to be full of classic fare, will launch exclusively at Maxfield in Los Angeles for fall.

FORD TO TORONTO: Speaking of Tom Ford, the first film he directed, “A Single Man,” starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, will have its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 14. That will be three days after its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. There is no word yet on a U.S. premiere.

EAST ENDER: After spending many a summer in East Hampton, Stella McCartney is throwing her hat into the Hamptons retail ring, if only for a long weekend. McCartney will do a pop-up shop — her first ever — Aug. 22 to 24 at the Fireplace Project, an auto garage-turned-gallery, in East Hampton. The temporary store will feature fall merch as well as a trunk show of the resort 2010 collection, and a portion of the sale proceeds will benefit the Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center. No word on whether McCartney will make an appearance.


FLEECE, PLEASE: Black Fleece, Brooks Brothers’ collection designed by Thom Browne, has its first American wholesale client. Black Fleece shirts and ties will be carried in 10 Neiman Marcus doors. “If there’s a strong reaction, which we fully expect, then we’ll look at the clothing as well,” said Tommy Fazio, men’s fashion director for Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. (The stores recently merged their buying offices.) Bergdorf, an early supporter of Browne, will continue to carry the designer’s signature collection. “It’s an exciting way to continue differentiating the stores,” said Fazio.


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