ASPEN APRES-SKI: Casa Tua’s Michele Grendene wasn’t the only one celebrating a new Aspen outpost over the holidays — Dennis Basso raised a Champagne flute or two for his newly expanded retail digs in the Little Nell Hotel. Domenico De Sole, Rena Sindi and Jamie Tisch were among the 500 well-wishers who joined the designer for a runway show and Champagne and caviar cocktail party at The St. Regis hotel. During the auction, art collector and philanthropist John Phelan dropped $120,000 for a Russian sable coat for his wife Amy. The auction’s $350,000 tally contributed to the evening’s $600,000 grand total for the Aspen Art Museum. As New Year’s neared, Basso helped keep the cash register ringing in his 2,000-square-foot boutique — triple the size of his previous one. Apparently, a few Aspenites warmed up from the slopes in his $95,000 Russian sable vests with crocodile trim and $200,000 sable coats.
HONORS GALORE: Among France’s New Year’s honors list this year were two scions of French retail and luxury: Philippe Houzé, chairman of Galeries Lafayette, was made a commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honor. Meanwhile, Pierre Godé, vice chairman of luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, was made an officer of the same order. The Legion of Honor was originally established by Napoleon Bonaparte and is France’s highest civilian distinction.
FOR THE KIDS: Puma has teamed up with Italian fast-fashion retailer OVS Industry to create a line of apparel and footwear for children up to age 14, available exclusively in OVS stores. Various shoe models are already available at select sales points while the clothing collection is set to bow for spring.