Barack Obama Inspires Suit Line; Justin Timberlake Won’t Perform at Fashion Week

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Now wearable: Olivier Theyskens. Photo: Courtesy of Deer Dana

• Hart Schaffner Marx is launching a Capitol Collection this month based on the suits they made for Barack Obama. Quoth the company president: “From Henry Paulson to Barack Obama, the major figures in our collective conscious are dressing up. These people send a serious tone across America that looking professional is important again.” [WWD]

Lanvin CEO Paul Deneve has left the label because of "diverging points of view" over the company's direction. And we're thisclose to Fashion Week. [British Vogue]

• Menswear labels think men will look for no-frills fashion in 2009, so expect the men's collections to play it safe later this month. Sad, because we loved last season's. [WWD]

• Justin Timberlake will be present at his William Rast show in the tents on February 14, but he won't perform. Lame. [WWD]

• We really want these T-shirts by Deer Dana with Purple editor Olivier Zahm's and Nina Ricci designer Olivier Theyskens's faces on them. [Pipeline/Refinery 29]