Now that PCPC’s annual meeting has landed at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Fla., attendees should feel right at home in the haute hub for Fortune 500 CEOs. After you’ve hit the links in this golfer’s paradise, check out your brand presentation at these top retail destinations. Naturally being the Bentley capital, best rent a brand-new luxury car to get the job done, lest locals mistake you for a Sarasotan! Fore!
PUBLIX/CVS/WALGREENS There’s no excuse to skip this trio a sand dollar’s throw from the Ritz. Simply head west on Vanderbilt Beach Road to Tamiami Trail/U.S. Highway 41. CVS at 8863-H Tamiami, 239-597-1093, and Publix at 8833, 239-596-0403, are located on the right in Marketplace at Pelican Bay, while Walgreens sits kitty corner across 41 at 8900, 239-597-8196.
ULTA/WHOLE FOODS A tad north and to the right on 41 lies the Mercato, an upscale, open-air development loaded with shops, restaurants and nightlife. Ulta at 9100 Strada Place, 239-514-0151, and Whole Foods, 9101, 239-552- 5100, appeal to high-heeled cougars rather than Florida panthers.
WALMART Still heading north on 41, pass Immokalee Road where a Wal-Mart Supercenter sits on the left at 11225, 239-591-4311. Mind cart-veering retirees from gated communities in nearby Bonita Springs.
COSTCO/KOHL’S/TARGET From the Ritz, stay on Vanderbilt Beach Road past 41 and continue straight to Airport Pulling Road North/ County Road 31. Turn right, and right again at Naples Boulevard, to find Kohl’s at 6381, 239-514-0184, and Costco at 6275, 239-596-6404. Staying south on Naples, turn left on Pine Ridge Road for Target at the intersection of Airport Pulling Road, 239-435-0051.
WATERSIDE SHOPS Take a left onto Pine Ridge out of Target’s parking lot and follow the gorgeous sunset over the gulf to 41 and turn right. On the left awaits the area’s glitziest shopping center with Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Hermès and more. COASTLAND CENTER Anyone with enough stamina to play 36 holes can surely tackle another mall. For those up to the challenge, drive south on 41 for Macy’s, Dillard’s, J.C. Penney, Sears and Trade Secret at 1900, 239- 262-2323, on the left. Learn where locals hide during sweltering summers.
FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH SHOPS/THIRD STREET SHOPS Count the cars costing more than most mortgages along these two high streets that cull the crowd from glamorous Gulf Shore Boulevard. Driving south on 41, turn right into Fifth Avenue South for a string of national brands, indie boutiques and cafés. For designer fashions, turn left on Third Street South for Marissa Collections at 1167, 239- 263-4333. Already carrying Smashbox and Cellcosmet, the family-owned mainstay plans to expand its beauty offering. Switch left onto 12th Avenue South for La Femme Perfumery at 351, 239-434-7444, an Art Deco wonderland in Schiaparelli pink and black since 1984. Its chic French-Canadian owner stocks Clarins, La Prairie, Fusion Beauty and 700 fragrances from Acqua Di Parma to 4711.
Get a Solid Start:FOOD&THOUGHT In a region glutted with greasy spoons, this organic café and market beckons like a sweet summer day in the dead of winter. Relish tropical temps on its terrace while fueling up on sprouted-grain pancakes and free-range eggs from an Amish farm. Breakfast, lunch and dinner,Mon.-Sat. (2132 Tamiami Trail North, 239.213.2222, foodandthought.com.) Experience the Reel Deal: RANDY’S Often coming straight from the plane, regulars including name-brand heirs and the speaker of the House inhale stone crabs, blackened grouper sandwiches and homemade Key lime pie. To beat two-hour waits, dine between 2-6 p.m. Lunch and dinner daily. (10395 Tamiami Trail North, 239.593.5555, randysfishmarketrestaurant.com.)
Visit a Local Lure: USS NEMO It gets as packed as sardines in season at this homage to seafood amid a submarine setting. What’s the catch? Spicy tuna tartare tacos followed by pan-seared Mediterranean bass and foie gras in pomegranate goodness. Lunch, Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. (3745 Tamiami Trail North, 239.261.6366, ussnemorestaurant.com.) Meet a Salty Dog: SEA SALT This hot spot highlights sea salt from smoky to spicy varieties in hues that would make Pantone proud. Sit beside the glowing glass scrim for grilled whole fish deboned tableside and peruse an 18-page wine list. Lunch and dinner daily. (1186 Third Street South, 239.434.7258, seasaltnaples.com.) New Kid on the Block: BARBATELLA Sea Salt chef Fabrizio Aielli plays up his Italian-stallion side here. He means business, considering the four-ton wood-burning oven imported from the other Naples. Oenophiles sample 100 wines by the glass, as décor buffs drool over 1,400 kelly green plaster medallions. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. (1290 Third Street South, 239.263.1955, barbatellanaples.com.)
Sip & Smoke:OSETRA AND BURN According to legend, young bright things exist in Naples; they just don’t come out until late to wash down Petrossian caviar with bubbly brew at Osetra. (469 Fifth Avenue South, 239.776.7938, osetranaples.com.)
Golfers gather to brag/fib at Burn, a swanky cigar bar. (9110 Strada Place, 239.653.9013, burnbyrockypatel.com.)
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast