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SHANGHAI COACH: A slew of Asian stars descended on Coach’s new Shanghai flagship Thursday night. The opening party, hosted by Coach chief Lew Frankfort and other top Coach brass, attracted the likes of Hong Kong singer and actress Karen Mok as well as fellow thespians Gigi Leung, Yao Chen and Li Xiaoran. The four women are part of an international roster of celebrities tapped to design one-of-a-kind charity tote bags for the occasion. Leung’s tote features part of a girl’s face and two purple flowers. “The pink represents spring, and that girl is me. I’m missing someone, though I’ll keep the name to myself,” she teased. The bags, which are up for online auction until May 13, are on display in Coach stores throughout Asia. Proceeds will benefit actor Jackie Chan’s children’s charity.
IN THE PINK: Continuing its spirited marketing embrace of the fashion industry, Belvedere Vodka has enlisted Matthew Williamson to create a limited edition kaftan inspired by the launch of its new pink grapefruit flavor. The $1,540 garment, in a vibrant pink print, will go on sale at Matthew Williamson boutiques in New York and London on May 13. “My design for the Belvedere Pink Grapefruit collaboration was inspired by the vitality of sultry high-summer evenings,” said Williamson of the high-cut kaftan, which bears the label Matthew Williamson for Belvedere Pink Grapefruit.
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Belvedere will open a 6,000-square-foot pop-up space in New York from May 12 to 16 at 414 West 14th Street, opposite the Matthew Williamson store, that will be home to a series of promotional events. DJ Leigh Lezark of The Misshapes, outfitted in a custom-made jumper in the Belvedere print, will host a launch party for the new vodka there, in addition to events with Out magazine, style consultant Bevy Smith and comedienne Chelsea Handler. The Matthew Williamson initiative follows up on Belvedere’s collaboration with shoe designer Jonathan Kelsey last year for the launch of its black raspberry flavor. This year, the Polish vodka has sponsored events for Alexander Wang, Alice + Olivia, Jeffrey Fashion Cares and a raft of New York Fashion Week parties.
VERA BACK ON CAMPUS: Vera Wang earned an art history degree at Sarah Lawrence, but her most recent academic accolade has come from Harvard University. The designer was on the Cambridge, Mass., campus a week ago to pick up the first annual Leadership in the Arts Award. Her husband, Arthur Becker, and younger daughter, Josephine, made the trip for moral support, as did her company’s president, Mario Grauso, and his son, Harry. Apparently, the teenagers are ambitious like their parents, having made time for a campus tour during their stay.
SHOW ME THE MONEY: The Weston family, owners of Selfridges and Holt Renfrew, and Topshop tycoon Sir Philip Green made it to the top 10 of the annual — and much-anticipated — Sunday Times of London Rich List, with fortunes of 4.5 billion pounds, or $6.93 billion at current exchange, and 4.1 billion pounds, or $6.31 billion, respectively. Each year, The Sunday Times lists the estimated net worth of Britain’s 1,000 wealthiest denizens, based on the newspaper’s own calculations. Sir Paul and Lady Smith ranked at number 281 with a combined fortune of 230 million pounds, or $354.2 million, while Julian Dunkerton, owner of the hot Japanese-inspired clothing brand Superdry, which just floated on the London Stock Exchange, came in at 439 with a net worth of 180 million pounds, or $277.2 million. David and Victoria Beckham are ranked 459 with a combined net worth of 145 million pounds, or $223.3 million. Although Net-a-porter.com founder Natalie Massenet didn’t make it into the top 1,000 club, she’s in the list of Britain’s top 2,000 wealthiest with 54 million pounds, or $83.2 million, in the bank. That puts her ahead of Kate Moss, whose fortune trailed at 43 million pounds, or $66.2 million.
MILLER TIME: Gold-medal winner Bode Miller visited Wall Street on Friday, but it wasn’t for his stock portfolio. He was the guest of Hublot, the Swiss watch brand, which has extended its sponsorship of the athlete for another year. Hublot’s chief executive officer, Jean-Claude Biver, made the announcement at Cipriani Wall Street, where Miller brought his three medals from the 2010 Vancouver Games — a perfectly matched set of gold, silver and bronze. Miller said although he hasn’t decided whether he’ll compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, he’s definitely on board for the World Cup next year — although he may limit the number of races he’ll do. To commemorate Miller’s return to the slopes, Biver said Hublot will create another limited edition watch for the athlete. The company’s Bode Bang watch — only 250 were made — sold out this year.
OUT IN HOLLYWOOD: Us Weekly threw its seventh annual Hot Hollywood Style party Thursday night at Drai’s in the W Hollywood hotel, drawing honorees Jennifer Lopez (Style Icon of the Decade), Anna Kendrick, Sheryl Crow, Ryan Kwanten and Sofia Vergara. And many of the celebrities copped to reading the weekly. “I like the fashion part, seeing what everyone is wearing,” said Nicky Hilton. Actress Lala Vasquez, pictured in this week’s issue trying on wedding dresses with pal Ciara, said, “I read it for fun. I don’t read it to learn anything.” As actor Laz Alonso put it, “It’s a little bit of guilty pleasure when we read Us Weekly.”