MILAN — A new Palazzo Versace is to open in Macau, the first in Asia and the first five-star, designer-branded hotel in the former Portuguese colony.
Gianni Versace SpA and Sociedade de Jogos de Macau SA, or SJM, have inked an agreement to open a hotel within the latter’s casino resort in Cotai, Macau.
Additional information will be provided during a press conference scheduled on Sept. 5 at the Grand Lisboa Hotel in the Chinese city.
Gian Giacomo Ferraris, chief executive officer of Versace, pointed to the “experience and prestige” of SJM. “The hotel and interior-design sector are very important for us, as they are part of the history of our brand,” said Ferraris, underscoring Versace’s “specific know-how” in this division, citing other company projects in Australia and Dubai. “We are firmly engaged in developing this sector and, leveraging this period of strong development for Versace, we continue to evaluate new opportunities in various parts of the world.”
SJM, which is controlled by SJM Holding Ltd., is publicly listed in Hong Kong.
In 2000, a Palazzo Versace opened on Australia’s exclusive Gold Coast tourist strip of Queensland with Australian property developer Sunland Group Ltd. — a six-star hotel with 205 rooms and 72 condominiums decorated in typical Versace style, with neoclassical furniture, fountains, statues and marble floors.
A Palazzo Versace is also expected to open in Dubai in the second half of 2014.
“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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