ELIE’S BAUBLES: Elie Tahari’s East Hampton store just got a bit more precious. The designer is partnering with the Council of Fashion Designers of America this summer by featuring jewelry by the likes of Kara Ross, Me & Ro, Stephen Dweck and new CFDA winner Subversive’s Justin Giunta in his East Hampton flagship. Starting July 1 and until the first weekend in September, two different designers will sell their jewelry on a two-week rotation in the 5,000-square-foot store, which opened in 2007. The store windows will have signage promoting the designers selling their work at the time. The designers also will make personal appearances in the store.

“Our East Hampton store is the perfect showcase for these amazing and talented designers,” said Tahari, chairman and chief executive officer of Elie Tahari Ltd. “I wanted to show my support for the fashion industry by giving these designers a platform from which to raise the awareness of their brands and be seen in a highly trafficked environment such as the Hamptons.”

This story first appeared in the June 23, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

ON THE BEACH: Raf Simons is gearing up to show his men’s collection in Paris on Friday and will focus on women’s wear in July, but he has the month of August planned out — and it’s all play and no work. For the third year, he’ll spend it in Apulia, Italy, said the designer before the Prada show, which he often attends as a friend of Miuccia Prada — “one of the few really, really interesting people in fashion I like to listen to.” About his holidays in the south of Italy, Simons said: “It’s the total opposite from this world. The first time I packed a whole suitcase, now I just bring my swim trunks. I never move, I just swim and eat freshly caught fish.”

BE MY GUEST: Riccardo Tisci, couturier at Givenchy, was perhaps the most surprising guest at Donatella Versace’s after-show dinner Sunday night at the Via Gesù palazzo. But he and Versace go way back. Indeed, Tisci said Gianni and Donatella are among the principle reasons he went into fashion. “Donatella for us is like a Sophia Loren. She’s a great representative of Italy,” Tisci said. “It’s a friendship.” Tisci said he was in Como to visit his mother on Saturday and stayed on an extra night to take in Versace’s show and party before rushing back to Paris to ready his shows for Givenchy men’s and couture. His review of Donatella’s show: “Very Versace, in an elegant way.”

ON NEXT: The first men’s edition of the Who’s on Next competition for emerging designers crowned two winners during Pitti Uomo in Florence on Thursday. Umit Benan — designed by Umit Benan Sahin, who also designs Cacharel Homme — won for ready-to-wear and Max Kibardin won in the accessories category.


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