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This Week in Fashion: WANT Les Essentiels Alpine Lodge at Pitti, Jay-Z's Barneys Collab a Cash Cow Despite Controversy

The week's top stories in fashion news.

  • We love a themed "brand environment" to break up the back-to-back runways during fashion week. For Fall 2014, WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie constructed a glass-walled Alpine lodge at Pitti Uomo in Florence made to resemble a Japanese mountain hut, complete with zen garden. Given the level of stress you may feel about your wardrobe if you're in Italy right now, a dose of zen would probably be good. (Selectism)

  • What do you get when you combine inflated prices with a hip hop mogul and a dash of racial controversy? A retail bonanza, apparently. Jay-Z's collection for Barneys dropped just as the retailer was slammed for profiling its shoppers, causing the rapper to cancel his splashy kick-off. But this week, the Huffington Post reported that the collection had sold over $1,000,000—which comes out to about 1,500 of those crazy $700 python baseball hats. (Huffington Post)

  • Can't deal with the influx of new menswear sites and shops? Consider joining Savile Row Society, a monthly membership that aims to take the hassle out of wardrobe curation. Included in the monthly rate (which starts at $20) is a stylist-vetted "virtual closet" with click-to-buy options and, for New York residents, custom tailoring by master tailor, Joey Glazer. (Savile Row Society)

  • Timed for the opening of Pitti Uomo, Naples-based menswear brand Kiton is unveiling its ritzy digs at Via Pontaccio with requisite Italian flare. The new space, which is being fêted with a multimedia "prism" on Sunday, will include a tailor's shop and boutique tricked out with traditional Italian decor and historic antiques. The only thing that's missing is free wine and pizza. (WWD)

  • What do young fashion designers and Comic Con have in common? As of this week, Capsule Show, the leading tradeshow for up-and-coming fashion talent, will be expanded by Reed Exhibitions, the event-planning agency that handles the aforementioned nerd-fest. (Complex)

—Blair Pfander. Follow her at @blairpfander.

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