BECK COMES BACK: There must be a whiff of the good old days permeating the Versace offices. Madonna is the star of its ad campaign once again, and now it seems even Paul Beck is making a full-time return to the house. The company’s former publicity director and Donatella Versace’s former husband is said to be taking a post at the in-house press office that Versace plans to open in New York next month. It’s unclear whether Beck will head up the office, but a source close to the company said it would be more of an ambassadorial role, and Beck is expected to focus on the men’s division. One thing is certain: the move will enable Beck to keep a closer eye on the 50 percent stake in Versace owned by his daughter, Allegra, who is in the U.S. at college.
FASHION JACKPOT: The upscaling of Las Vegas is about to reach a new zenith. Developer Steve Wynn aims to bring Paris couture shows to his next property, the megaresort Wynn Las Vegas, slated to open April 28. “We would love to explore having couture in America,” Elaine Wynn, Steve’s wife and a director in the company, disclosed Wednesday at the Jean Paul Gaultier show. “Americans are curious and women do fantasize about these shows. We have some wonderful venues that would lend themselves.” Wynn said she envisions reprising shows from the biggest houses and newest designers fresh from Paris soon after the opening.
HAVING A BLAST: Rolf Snoeren and Viktor Horsting feted the launch of their first scent, Flowerbomb, in Paris’ ubertrendy Colette boutique on Wednesday. Surrounded by a bevy of friends and admirers, the Dutch duo reconfirmed their fragrance fascination. Snoeren said they’ve “just started” working on a men’s scent, due out in 2005 or sometime in 2006, and added that he and Horsting were even testing a new juice at the event.
THE FUR FLIES AT ISAAC: Isaac Mizrahi’s foray back into fashion is getting busier by the minute. First, there’s his collection for Target, then a made-to-order business exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman and now a bridge line of shearlings and fur-trimmed outerwear. Mizrahi has signed a deal with Alixandre Furs, which already makes furs for the designer at the high end, to produce a better-priced line of outerwear. The concept, according to a source, mirrors the high-low theme that dominated Mizrahi’s show at Cipriani in June, in which he paired a $9.99 cotton tank top with a $20,000 ballgown skirt. The shearlings, which will include basic styles such as a peacoat and a jean-like jacket, are fashioned after styles similar to the ones Mizrahi designs for Target, while the outerwear pieces — a mink-trimmed cashmere piece, for instance — will be based on couture-like styling.
Hermès is launching a Laundromat pop-up shop in NYC - dubbed Hermèsmatic - where customers can bring their old scarves to be dip-dyed by an expert. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @donstahl)