D&G COCKTAIL: Milan designers always complain about the lack of bars and clubs in the city, so now Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are putting their money where their drinks are. The duo recently opened the doors to their Dolce & Gabbana Bar, next...
D&G COCKTAIL: Milan designers always complain about the lack of bars and clubs in the city, so now Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are putting their money where their drinks are. The duo recently opened the doors to their Dolce & Gabbana Bar, next to their new men’s store in Corso Venezia. The duo entered a joint deal with Italian spirits company Martini & Rossi. The bar, done up in black marble and steel, is the first of what could eventually become a chain. Already the two-level space is becoming the preferred stop for the fashion flock looking to fuel up on Red Bull and vodka between shopping bursts or to wind down with a Spumante after stores close for the night.
TOWN AND COUNTRY: If the baroque decor of Milan’s Principe Hotel is a bit too stifling and the price tag of the Four Seasons a bit over budget, Town House 31 might be the perfect alternative. Located on Via Goldoni, a 10-minute walk from the city’s center, the 18-room boutique hotel offers travelers a respite with its tranquil beige and cream palette, marble bathrooms, linen sheets and patio bar. Management has even set up room service with 10 of Milan’s top restaurants. Guests can order anything from chicken curry to sushi to a simple dish of pasta. No plastic containers though — hotel staff prepares the presentation of the food before it is delivered to guest rooms. "We’re really trying to promote an anti- jet lag mentality," said Alessandro Rosso, owner and manager of the hotel. "The whole philosophy is about creating a personal space, almost a vacation house for our guests."
CAVALLI IN THE PARK: From a distance, Parco Sempione’s latest arrival looks like a space station constructed from metal piping and glass. But it’s really Roberto Cavalli’s latest culinary foray. Teak floors, antelope fur-covered chairs and oriental fabrics furnish the Just Cavalli Cafe located at the base of the Torre Branca, a 354-foot steel tower built by Gio Ponti and Cesare Chiodi in 1932.The safari-meets-Bangkok lounge decor might be a sensory overload, but pets keep the ambiance homey. Goldfish swirl about in long-stemmed bowls on each table, and a pair of Dogo Argentino dogs mill about to greet new arrivals. The menu veers from standard Italian favorites to the international, including a series of meat dishes by Argentine chef Leonardo Perazzoli.
CHEAP AND CHIC: There’s no need to shell out thousands of dollars for a bauble on a shopping spree down Via Montenapoleone. Jeweler Damiani has opened its first Bliss store. The line, geared toward younger customers, features simple and graphic pieces in gold, with colored stones and sprinkles of sapphires, rubies and emeralds. The prices are just right for an impulse buy that won’t break the bank. A simple cross pendant with a small diamond inset on a leather cord goes for just 150 euro while a diamond necklace goes for 1,800 euro.
RENT A SHOPPER: Saw a pair of darling Prada pumps but ran out of time to head to the store? The Excelsior Hotel Gallia has become the first luxury hotel in Milan to offer its guests in-house personal shoppers. The hotel has hand-picked three multilingual consultants to lend their services to foreign guests. And they don’t just shop. Need a hairdresser or a hip club? How about an honest opinion on how your backside looks in those pants? Fashion counseling is part of the package, which starts at 40 euros an hour. Not to be outdone, the Four Seasons offers a similar service. Guests can rent out a shopping assistant to guide them around town for about 350 euros to 400 euros a day.
KRIZIA REBORN: The newly renovated Krizia boutique in Via Spiga 23 will reopen on March 1, the evening of the designer’s fall runway show. Mariuccia Mandelli, the first to open a single-brand store on this street 20 years ago, said she wanted "more light, more transparency, more visibility and more room." Working with architect Piero Pinto, who designed the original boutique, Mandelli enlarged the windows and brought them forward on the pavement, for a "more direct communication with the outside." Inside the boutique, the bar, which will serve Mandelli’s favorite apple pie — her personal chef’s secret recipe — is also more visible than before.
The red fluorescent inside of a silver fiberglass lamp designed by Ingo Maurer becomes a focal point of the store, contrasting with black furniture by Achille Castiglioni, black seats by Fronzoni for Cappellini and armchairs by Niemeyer for Poltrona Frau. Runway images will be projected on a new, technologically advanced flat carbonium screen.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty