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

For Fall 2014, WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie constructed a glass-walled Alpine lodge at Pitti Uomo made to resemble a Japanese mountain hut, complete with zen garden.

Photo courtesy of Selectism

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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 forBarneys 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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