BULGARI’S ARIA: Italians are as passionate about their opera as they are about fashion and pasta. So it’s no surprise that Bulgari hosted a party to honor soprano Deborah Voigt at its Fifth Avenue flagship last Thursday.
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Around 80 clients and friends of Bulgari, including former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Judi Nathan and singer Sasha Lazard, gathered on the boutique’s candlelit second floor. “Bulgari is committed to supporting the arts and what is closer?to the Italian soul than opera,” said Patrick Duchamp, Bulgari’s managing director of the Americas.
Accompanied by a pianist, Voigt performed “Vissi d’arte” from Puccini’s “Tosca,” Cole Porter’s “The Physician,” George Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me” and, suitably, ended the night with a rendition of “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”
“The aria from Tosca was beautiful — but I have to say I quite?liked her rendition of ‘Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend,’” said Duchamp.
“What woman doesn’t want to have diamonds?” Voigt quipped, pointing to the Bulgari emerald earrings and necklace she had on for the evening. “These stones inspire me to come back for more. But I’d have to sing a lot of songs.”
EXECUTIVE SHIFTS: Kenny Horowitz has left Kenneth Cole Productions as vice president of handbags and has joined Daniel Friedman & Associates as president of the new Fina Firenze handbag division. Daniel Friedman has had belts under the Firenze name and is now introducing handbags under that label.
At Cole, Horowitz has been replaced by Sandy Smull, a longtime handbag executive who had been with Susan Gail handbags. The Cole handbag showroom has also moved into the corporate offices on 50th Street in Manhattan from its former location in midtown.
Horowitz was with Kenneth Cole for 15 years. He had been an employee at Blum Co., a handbag firm that obtained the first Kenneth Cole license in 1986. Two years later, Kenneth Cole bought that company and it was folded into its operations.
ANGELA ON TV: Jewelry designer Angela Cummings will make the move to home shopping this Friday with a new line of sterling silver and stone jewelry.
Called Angela Cummings Studio, the new collection was created to be sold exclusively on QVC. Cummings started her career at Tiffany & Co. and formed her own company about 15 years ago. She sells her baubles to Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.
The new collection will be priced from $20 to $200. A QVC spokeswoman described the line as classic, with “swirls, curves, links and formed flowers,” and such semiprecious stones as amethyst, red jasper and nephrite jade.
Among the top styles are a red jasper bead necklace; “Splash” earrings reminiscent of a starburst or ripples of water, and a carved leaf pin and cuff.