Posts for June 11th 2012
The 10-bedroom, 11-bathroom Miami home that once belonged to Gianni Versace is on sale with an asking price of $125 million. The property holds a somber place in fashion history: Versace was walking up the steps of the house, known as Casa Casuarina, when he was murdered in 1997.
Versace bought the property, which was built in 1930, in 1992. He spent an estimated $33 million renovating the house, decorating each bedroom in a fantasy theme and adding a pool house.
Peter Loftin, a telecommunications entrepreneur, bought Casa Casuarina from the Versace estate in 2000 for $20 million. He lived there for several years and reportedly did not change Versace's original decorations. In 2009, he reopened the home as a boutique hotel and restaurant called Villa by Barton G.
"Every room is a work of art,'' said Loftin's real estate agent Jill Eber. "If the person buying it is not already a celebrity, it gives them instant celebrity status — if they want it."
Take a look at the house that Versace built here in the gallery.
A recent trip to Istanbul inspired Michael Kors to pour rich finishing touches onto the sporty, minimal clothing that make up his Resort 2013 collection. "Whatever you think is glamorous jewelry in the rest of the world is considered daytime" in Istanbul, Kors said, which may explain why he used gold chains instead of straps on a cherry red swimsuit — or why he dotted coat collars, sandals, and evening bags with a lavish allowance of white and yellow rhinestones. The collection would be plenty glamorous without the embellishments, thanks in part to all the gold fabrics Kors used. There are a coat, dress, and pants in a black-and-gold ikat pattern, along with a patterned gold sheath dress, several pieces rendered in gold lace, and full-length golden gowns. Still, Kors's dedication to making simple clothing as luxurious as possible is expressed best in a blue snakeskin coat adorned with a wide fur collar.
In the same week that they won the CFDA Award for women's wear, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen delivered an endlessly elegant Resort 2013 collection for The Row. The offering features a strong assortment of outerwear, from a wool coat in lavender to fur-lined parkas and blue vinyl-treated trenches. But there's no shortage of pieces ripe for warmer, sunnier climes, like a gauzy cropped tank tops, sheer shirts, and skirts of varying hem heights. The designers said they looked at pictures of fisherman when they were designing the collection, but other than a cozy turtleneck paired with an elaborately embroidered cream coat — creating the effect of an oversized fisherman's sweater — the nautical influence wasn't translated too literally. Instead, the fluidity of the sea is captured in easy fabrics and pared-down tailoring.
With its clean lines, updated shapes, and pop hues, Matthew Edelstein's Friends & Associates may be just the thing to cure any what-to-wear wardrobe blues.
Inspired by classic uniforms, the collection is filled with pleated skirts, cropped sailor tops, and tie-waist trousers, plus — for a bit of fun — polka-dotted frocks, ruffled-peplum pencil skirts, high-waisted cargo shorts, and contrast-pocket button downs. "It's for different people who want to interpret their own style," explained Edelstein. "I always want the collection to have some fashion influence, but it's about style, not fashion." Friends & Associates launches for Resort 2013 and is priced from $150 to $350. A peek at the entire debut lookbook, right here.