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Vivienne Westwood Paunches Up The Runway; Smell This: Zirh Ikon; Donatella Versace's Muse: Barrack Obama; Naomi Does Menswear; Rag & Bone Gets Control; The Lates Trends from Milan

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We love Milan fashion week for the onslaught of gorgeous male models who strut the runway in amazing clothes (and sometimes barely any clothes at all), but Vivienne Westwood turned the stereotypical male model on its head when she sent a balding, middle-aged, beefy, daddy stomping down the catwalk (see photo). Seriously, I think this guy is my plumber. [The Cut]

Men's grooming brand Zirh is looking to go from cult classic to household name with the launch of their first fragrance, Ikon. With a name like that, someone sure has high hopes for themselves. [WWD]

U.S. politics continue their sweep of the world as Donatella Versace dedicates her Spring 09' men's line to Barrack Obama, saying her collection is for "a relaxed man who doesn't need to flex muscles to show he has power." But Miss Versace sure has to flex her marginal world knowledge to show she's not a complete moron. [The Canadian Press]

Naomi Campbell, fresh off her trial for that little incident at Heathrow, walked in Dolce & Gabbana's sleepwear inspired men's Spring 09' runway show. Nice to see the boys at D&G making an appeal to the transgendered/sexual community. [British Vogue]

Rag & Bone have teased a holiday collection to debut in October that is inspired by the Ian Curtis biopic, Control. Soon thereafter, they've promised a Manhattan retail location to display looks that delve deeper into the late-seventies and early-eighties U.K. music scene. "Mods, punks, rude boys, suedeheads--they all took their looks very seriously," says codesigner Marcus Wainwright. And we will also be taking their looks very seriously. [Material Interest]

The most, er, notable? trends for Spring 09 from Milan? Pajamas and, yes, cinched waists. Androgyny continues. [Fashionista (2)]


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