LOUD CROWD: Barely settled into their new vacation home in Stromboli, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are already causing mischief with pal Naomi Campbell. Loud music late into the night is eliciting complaints from the neighbors and local press reports say it might have been former interior minister Giorgio Napolitano, who called on the pair to drop the volume. Dolce reportedly lashed back that the island is full of “old people,” although another observer noted that the pair took the warning in stride and dutifully toned down the tunes.
Eager to keep the party moving, the duo reportedly moved on to the Tartana nightclub, where the owner mysteriously pulled the plug on the hi-fi and closed shop right after the designers arrived with their entourage. Then, sources said, the designers fussed over an entrance fee to a tequila party at the Il Osservatorio discothèque and were forced to return home. A quiet night of shuffleboard, perhaps? The Dolce & Gabbana press office in Milan was closed for vacation and spokesmen were unavailable for comment.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Shoe magnate Steven Madden will begin serving his jail term for securities laws violations at least a month later than expected due to what sources said were medical reasons. He was scheduled to surrender to authorities at Eglin Air Force base, near Valparaiso, Fla., this Thursday. Meanwhile, Elliot M. Lavigne, sentenced in Brooklyn this year on similar charges, was expected to begin his time, also at Eglin, on Aug. 5. It could not be confirmed at press time whether Lavigne has begun his term, but a law-enforcement source said he did not request a delay. Both cases arose from federal investigations surrounding the defunct Stratton Oakmont brokerage firm. Wonder what their conversations will be like in the exercise yard.
HOLA SOHO: Custo Barcelona, the Spanish fashion brand known for its exuberant colors and outrageous patterns, is said to be planning a store on Broome Street in SoHo. This will be its first in New York. The company’s designs are sold at Neiman Marcus, but Custo opened its first U.S. store in Chicago in May.
After an exodus of art galleries and influx of mall retailers like Sunglass Hut and Victoria’s Secret, SoHo changed complexion again over the past year or so, as luxury retailers including Chanel and Louis Vuitton moved in, hoping to transform the neighborhood into a downtown Madison Avenue.
Custo will join such recent arrivals as London lingerie maker Agent Provocateur, which has leased a space on Mercer Street, and Apple Computer, which opened a store on the corner of Prince and Greene Streets. Vespa is also said to be zooming into the area.