“I’m feeling great,” Oscar de la Renta reported Thursday from home, where he is recuperating from surgery to correct a sciatica condition. De la Renta is recovering so well, he said, that he won’t be postponing his annual month-long trip to the Dominican Republic. He departs Monday, a little more than a week after undergoing surgery. He checked out of the hospital Tuesday.
America’s first couture designer was especially proud to have braved the procedure and his recuperation without any pain killers, according to Adam Lippes, creative director of Oscar de la Renta. “No Tylenol, no morphine, no nothing,” Lippes said. “He’s doing amazingly.”
Gucci is poised to say arrivederci to Palazzo della Permanente, the museum where it traditionally holds its ready-to-wear shows in Milan. The company has taken a long-term lease on the former Cinema Diana, near the Hotel Diana Majestic, a five-minute ride from the Duomo.
The new space, which could be ready as early as March, will be a “white box” that the company will be able to transform according to its mood du saison. The space is approximately 21,600 square feet and the building — famous as the site where an anarchist’s bomb exploded in 1921 — was built in 1907.