Gianfranco Ferré Expands; Alessandro Dell’Acqua Launches Even Higher-End Line

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Gianfranco Ferré plans to add up to eleven stores worldwide in 2009, thanks to Tommaso Aquilano's and Roberto Rimondi's stunning debut spring 2009 collection for the brand. Sadly, no New York location has been scouted. [Fashion Week Daily]

Alessandro Dell'Acqua is creating a high-end line featuring twenty black dresses with a "modern couture feeling." Great economic timing. [WWD]

Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet Eisner and husband Eric Eisner welcomed their first child, Eloise Breckenridge Eisner, yesterday. [NYP]

• 'Tis the season for luxury cases. First came Karl Lagerfeld's Louis Vuitton iPod case (which undoubtedly led to the firing of his iPod nanny). Then came Eric Clapton's Hermès guitar case, rumored to cost more than $100,000. [Luxist]

• For those who felt their Converses were too conservative, the kicks now come in clear. Like … Converse jellies. [High Snobiety]