GOOD AS GOLD: Designers, models and fashion bloggers turned out for the opening of the “Oriental Obsession” exhibition of Far Eastern art organized by Luisa Via Roma in Florence on Monday night, kick-starting the Pitti Uomo trade show which is to run here through Friday.


“Welcome to the circus,” said Andrea Panconesi, chief executive of the Florentine boutique, as fire-breathers and acrobats were leading guests to a giant tent set up at the Manufattura Tabacci, a former tobacco factory, where dinner was served.


The color of the night was gold — or anything that shines. “I found out about the dress code last minute,” said Eva Cavalli, fresh off the slopes of St. Moritz where she spent New Year’s. Her son Daniele and girlfriend Magdalena Frackowiak were contemplating a giant replica of Michelangelo’s David statue crafted for the occasion and subsequently offered for sale. “How much could it be?” asked the model. “Where do you find the space to put it is the question,” countered Cavalli.


The statue was right up the alley of shoe guru Giuseppe Zanotti. “I love this Roman Cirque du Soleil atmosphere, Seventies style à la Fellini. It’s like fashion. You need to do crazy things to survive, and the time to invest is now,” said the designer, adding he was opening six shops between now and March 2016, including ones in Puerto Rico, Panama, Houston and Dallas.


South Korean pop singer Kwon Boa noted it would be a busy year for her too. “I’m celebrating my 15th anniversary on stage,” said the 28-year-old, dressed in a gilded Blumarine jacket. She promised to put out a new album to fete the occasion. “I can’t tell you what the title will be or the style. But let’s say this: Musically, I feel like doing something I have never done before,” she teased.

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