His Ocean Drive palazzo may still need finishing touches, but Gianni Versace's new Jeans Couture boutique in South Beach is up and running.
The Miami flagship opened last week with a huge outdoor block party. Throngs of the designer's groupies packed into the 3,000-square-foot space filled with Versace's more casual clothing and his new home things -- rugs, dishes, cushions and the like. Even the boutique's next-door neighbor, ABS, got into the spirit by featuring safety pin Versace knockoffs in its window.
Among those fans on hand, plenty of them in Versace, were Nick Scotti, Victor Alfaro and his twin brother, Pablo, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and Isabel de Bourbon, Eighties icon Dianne Brill, Kenny Scharf, Kal Ruttenstein and Billy Norwich.
On New Year's Eve, the Raleigh became the most exclusive spot in all Miami -- literally -- when the phones went out. From 6 p.m. on, all calls to and from the hotel fell on deaf ears and busy signals, until 1994 -- and a repairman -- finally came to the rescue.
Down the road on New Year's Eve, South Beach's young at heart showed up for the party that Thierry Mugler threw outside the Century Hotel. He asked guests to "dress like a whore," a request guests interpreted pretty loosely. Mugler donned toupee, tinted sunglasses, gold teeth and chains -- an authentic Miami Beachcomber. Other looks ranged from chaps in chaps and girls in bikinis to the outright outre. Not everyone was dressed to the pavonines, though -- Isabel and Ruben Toledo played it down, as did John Epperson. As Lypsinka, he would be entertaining the troops the next night at Starfish, Miami's restaurant of the moment, and decided to take New Year's Eve off.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion