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.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion