Paris Menswear Outshines Milan’s; Karl Lagerfeld Owns a Kindle

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John Galliano, fall 2009. Photo: Imaxtree

• Buyers happily agree the men's collections in Paris weren't nearly as safe as the ones in Milan. They thought even avant-garde designers like John Galliano tried to strike a balance between innovation and wearability. [WWD]

• Cathy Horyn visited Karl Lagerfeld in his studio last night to check out his Chanel Couture collection, which walked in Paris today. She writes, "Lagerfeld has conceived a collection based on his favorite thing — paper. (Though I thought it funny that he had a Kindle, the wireless reader, on his desk. It was a gift.)" [On the Runway/NYT]

Valentino will stream his couture show live tomorrow! It's scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Paris time, so clear your morning. [British Vogue]

• Former model Lucia Moreira Salles, who served as a muse to Coco Chanel and Valentino in the sixties, died Saturday in her native Brazil, after a long bout with cancer. [WWD]

• In case you forgot, celebrities are special: Kanye West almost didn't make it to Men's Fashion Week in Paris, because he left his passport in L.A. when he performed at the inauguration in D.C., but the State Department gave one to him last-minute. Crisis averted. [Style.com]