ROYAL FLUSH: Viktor & Rolf have made their red-carpet ambitions clear — and now they’ve said “I do” to the wedding aisle. On Saturday, millions of Dutch citizens tuned in to watch the broadcast of the wedding of Prince Johan Friso to Mabel Wisse Smit — and witness a display of the design wizard’s penchant for fantastic, large-scale fashions. Smit wore a white duchess satin gown festooned with more than 250 bows and trailing a 10-foot train. A team of four workers at Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren’s Amsterdam atelier clocked more than 600 hours on the gown.
“It was quite a daring design, but in the end it looked classic with a twist,” Snoeren said.
But that’s not all. The duo also created dresses for the two bridesmaids and five flower children. The royal wedding, held in Delft, is bound to get major international publicity given the controversy surrounding the nuptials, which were not sanctioned by the Dutch government. Friso, the second son of Queen Beatrix, keeps his title but loses his claim to the Netherlands throne in wedding Smit because she once had a relationship with a known gangster, which the pair sought to conceal.
ROMEO, ROMEO WHERE ART THOU?: After shopping Romeo Gigli around for more than nine months, IT Holding is expected to announce this week the sale of the Italian brand. Italian entrepreneur Pierluigi Mancinelli, who has held managerial stints at Gucci and Velextra, is the expected buyer. Mancinelli, chief executive officer and majority owner of Vicenza-based men’s clothing manufacturer Fratelli Prandina SpA, was traveling and could not be reached for comment. An IT Holding spokeswoman had no comment.
SPANISH STYLE: Despite his past of fits and starts, Miguel Adrover is experiencing a renaissance. Several hundred fashion followers — ranging from young upstarts like Tara Reid and Lindsay Lohan to the requisite downtown Adrover groupies — turned up at a reception at Henri Bendel Thursday night for the designer. As revelers happily sipped champagne, shoppers placed orders for fall. But nobody was having quite as much fun as Adrover himself, who kept taking friends outside to look at the window with his designs. After the event ended, Adrover took the party elsewhere, tucking two bottles of champagne under his arms and heading off into the night.
TONS OF FUN: Luxury giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton received a whopping delivery at its new Avenue Montaigne headquarters in Paris last week: a hulking, ship-like sculpture by Richard Serra. The artist supervised its installation in what until then was a vacant courtyard in the building, which houses executive offices as well as Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana boutiques. Word has it Serra’s multiton steel piece will soon have company. A large-scale sculpture by Takashi Murakami, the Japanese artist who collaborated with Marc Jacobs on handbags, is slated to arrive soon.
THIN PEAKS: Hedi Slimane may now have full creative control of Christian Dior’s men’s fragrance and beauty business — but he’s hardly doing it all alone. For a forthcoming campaign for Fahrenheit, Slimane enlisted filmmaker David Lynch to capture the spirit of the scent. Details of the commercial and print campaign are being kept under wraps, but Lynch is said to have resisted the urge to make a cameo.
TICKET TO RIDE: For Domenico De Sole’s farewell dinner at a Gucci Group factory in Scandicci, near Florence, on Friday night, a staggering 850 staff members and suppliers gathered to bid arrivederci to the outgoing chief executive officer, with a band playing his favorite Beatles songs as the soundtrack. When De Sole thanked his wife Eleanore for having had the patience to stand by him during his 20-year tenure at the company, she couldn’t hold back the tears, and De Sole’s voice was choked with emotion when he lauded his staff for doing an excellent job. They reciprocated with a Gucci discount card, with no expiration date, crafted out of 18K white gold. They love him, yeah, yeah, yeah.