THE NEW BLAAK: Cerruti has named designer duo Sachiko Okada and Aaron Sharif of label Blaak as creative consultants for men’s wear, under the artistic direction of Zoran Bosanac. The appointment is effective immediately, and the two graduates of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London will present their first collection in January, the company said.

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LONDON BOUND: Thom Browne is planting his flag in London. The designer’s women’s collection will be sold at Harrods — alongside Lanvin, Chloé and Balmain — starting with spring. It will also sell at Dover Street Market. The designer made a flying trip to London late last week, and told WWD he planned to stage the first proper show for his women’s collection in New York in February. “I’m ready now, I know what to do. The show will be very much like my men’s wear ones — not traditional,” he said over a cup of tea at Harrods. He said his men’s and women’s collections are inextricably bound: “There’s no disconnect — and it all starts with a tailored point of view.”

MANOLO MADNESS: “I’m so, so frantic,” exclaimed Manolo Blahnik before a personal appearance at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills on Thursday afternoon, and it was obvious why. The shoe designer has been on a whirlwind personal appearance tour of Neiman Marcus stores, including stops in Newport Beach and San Francisco as well as Beverly Hills this week [eds Oct. 3 to 8]. He commended the crowds at the appearances as “beyond my expectations,” even recalling one overjoyed fan at the Newport Beach store who ordered 20 pairs of crocodile styles. “I don’t even know what she’s going to do with them,” said Blahnik, adding that he gave her many suggestions he wouldn’t dare divulge. Looking forward, he hinted that 18th-century Russia is an inspiration for his next collection and said he would consider another retail experiment like World of Manolo, the three-month store-in-store at Liberty of London, although he begged someone to come up with a new term to describe it. “I hate that word pop-up,” he griped, annunciating the p’s.

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