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TAM’S TURNS: Vivienne Tam has two unveilings coming up in Las Vegas. First, she’s created spa uniforms for the Mandarin Oriental luxury hotel opening in December in City Center. They’re streamlined, reminiscent of the classic “Qi Pao” dress of the Twenties and Thirties and inspired by Shanghai’s Art Deco period, Tam said. “It was a perfect interpretation of comfort and style for the spa colleagues.” Mandarin’s two-level, 27,000-square-foot spa will have 17 treatment rooms, multiple relaxation and water experiences, a fitness center and a yoga studio. It’s Tam’s second go at spa uniforms, having previously created them for the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong.
Tam is also creating custom upholstered furniture, in partnership with Rowe Furniture. The collection will be unveiled at the Las Vegas World Market in September.
“I have been thinking about this and collecting archives for years,” Tam said. “I want to bring beautifully designed prints, fabrics, colors and textures to create a truly unique line with subtle and sophisticated pieces inspired by my Chinese roots.”
CIAO VENEZIA: Venice’s waters are starting to stir with celeb-packed action. The 66th Venice Film Festival running from today to Sept. 12 will kick off with Microsoft and Moda e Tecnologia, a nonprofit association aimed at bringing together technology and luxury and fashion brands, launching Style Star, a new Web project aimed at promoting luxury brands via short fashion movies. In the Star Style Lounge, a high-tech space housed on the terrace of the Lido’s Excelsior Venice Hotel, on Friday, three short films will be screened: “Fitting Room Follies,” directed and filmed by Karl Lagerfeld, presenting the Chanel 2009-2010 pre-fall collection; Andrea Rovetta’s “La Scarpa” (“The Shoe”), celebrating Ferragamo’s iconic alligator stilettos, and “Les Noces de Papier” (“The Paper Wedding”), directed by Italian filmmaker Edoardo Winspeare for Louis Vuitton.
That same night, Alberta Ferretti will light up the lagoon with a party aboard her yacht, Prometej, honoring Werner Herzog’s movie “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.” Eva Mendes, Nicolas Cage, Val Kilmer and Adriano Giannini are among the celebrities expected to attend.
And while Gucci Group will unveil the winner of the fourth annual award at Palazzo Grassi on Monday, official festival partner Jaeger-LeCoultre will hand out the annual “Jaeger–LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award” to Sylvester Stallone during the closing ceremony at Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido. The Swiss watch company will also celebrate the 80th anniversary of its Calibro 101 watch with a party on Thursday.
And Tom Ford will strut down the red carpet on Sept. 11 for his debut as a director with the movie “A Single Man,” based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood.
SUIT YOURSELF: Speculation is that Swedish designer Lars Nilsson is finalizing a deal for a signature men’s wear line with Italian men’s wear and tailoring manufacturer Mabro-Antichi Telai. The line, whose moniker is still to be fixed, is expected to be presented at Pitti Uomo in Florence next spring. Nilsson, who is said to have figured among finalists for the creative director position recently open at Halston (scooped by Marios Schwab), has kept a low profile since being ousted from Gianfranco Ferré in 2008 after a brief stint as the house’s creative director. Prior to that, Nilsson worked for three years as women’s wear designer for Nina Ricci before being replaced by Olivier Theyskens in August 2006.