TORY IN TUSCANY: Tory Burch was feted at a dinner on Monday evening organized by Vogue Italia’s editor in chief Franca Sozzani. Burch, who has traveled extensively throughout Italy, mastered a few words in Italian. “You make me feel at home here,” she said to Sozzani. Guests ranging from Valeria Golino, Elisa Sednaoui, Charlotte Lawson-Johnson, Jemima Jones, Eva Riccobono and Matilde Borromeo to executives including Pomellato’s Andrea Morante and The Carlyle Group’s Marco De Benedetti were seen gazing admiringly at the spectacular frescoes and antique art at the 16th-century Palazzo Cicogna, a private residence in Milan, with live swing music by the Woody Gipsy Band as a backdrop. Unflappable, Sozzani walked easily on crutches. “I fell at Easter during a walk with my dog,” she said, shrugging. The event was held to mark the official opening of Burch’s first flagship in the city, quietly unveiled in December. Roger Farah, cochief executive officer of the Burch brand, greeted the designer’s mother Reva and her brother, Robert Isen, a board member, president of business development and chief legal officer.

This story first appeared in the April 22, 2015 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.