MAKE ROOM FOR DIDDY: Coinciding with the lead-up to the Super Bowl, Sean John opened its first pop-up store this past weekend in Miami Beach. Located at 640 Collins Avenue, the 2,500-square-foot shop will be open through most of February. The shop was built using recycled materials, including in-store fixtures fashioned from packaging used to ship goods to the store. An installation of furniture made from eco-friendly materials from Miami’s Eastern District gallery will be on display. “This concept is new for us at Sean John, but it is the first of many sustainable, green pop-up stores we will be building,” said Dawn Robertson, president of Sean John.
SHINING STAR: Pierre Cardin is to be honored at Fashion Group International’s annual Night of Stars gala in New York on Oct. 28. The 87-year-old, who celebrates the 60th anniversary of his label this year, will receive the Superstar award, a spokesman said. Fans of Cardin will have an opportunity to meet the Space Age couturier at the launch of a monograph charting his career, due to be held at his restaurant Maxim’s on March 8, during Paris Fashion Week. “Pierre Cardin: 60 Years of Innovation,” by Jean-Pascal Hesse, will be published by Assouline in the U.S. on March 1.
ITALIAN-STYLE DYNASTY: Starting today, bookworms with a penchant for a glamorous, high-wattage lifestyle and sexy scoop can immerse themselves in “House of Versace, The Untold Story of Genius, Murder and Survival” by Deborah Ball.
Published by Crown Publishing Group, the 346-page hardback features a black-and-white portrait of Gianni Versace and his sister Donatella on the cover. It tells of the siblings’ ups and downs, of Gianni Versace’s murder in 1997, of Donatella’s battle with drugs and her rehabilitation, of the rivalry with brother Santo, and of the mystery linked to the fact that the famed designer left the majority of his fashion empire to Donatella’s daughter, Allegra. To write the book, Ball who was a longtime Milan correspondent at Dow Jones Newswires and for The Wall Street Journal, conducted hundreds of interviews, including models such as Naomi Campbell, fashion insiders, business rivals and even Gianni Versace’s lovers.
BRIGHT STAR: Abbie Cornish will star in a short film for Australian designer Toni Maticevski, the designer revealed last weekend at the Grammy Style Studio in Los Angeles. “We are just trying to get it edited and finished up in the next few weeks,” said Maticevski, who broke onto the red-carpet scene when he dressed Cornish for the Cannes premiere of “Bright Star” last May. He remained tight-lipped about the details of the promotional film, but said it will not air on television. Maticevski’s other celebrity fans include Beyoncé, Sheryl Crow and Kim Kardashian.
JURY DUTY: The next installment of the International Fashion and Photography Festival in Hyères, France, will have a slight Belgian accent. Dries Van Noten headlines the jury for the event, which runs April 30 to May 3. In past years, the competition has uncovered such talents as Viktor & Rolf and Gaspard Yurkievich. This year’s jury also includes designer Maria Cornejo and musician Malcolm McLaren.