Boutiques on show
A couple of Italian big-name retailers have taken advantage of the Milan spring/summer 1999 collections to inaugurate new boutiques. Gucci opened a mega-store housing its new men's and women's ready-to-wear and accessories collection at the weekend, on Via Montanapoleone, close to its existing boutique.
On Monday night, Prada re-opened its extended Galleria Vittorio Emanuele store, which had been closed for a month. Founder Miuccia Prada attended the party. The Milan women's collections began on Saturday and continue until this weekend.
Hot topic One of the biggest rumours on the Milan fashion scene revolved around Monica Lewinsky. Stories circulated that one unnamed Italian designer had offered the infamous White House intern US$500,000 (HK$3.87 million) to model in his/her catwalk show, and that she had accepted. But as of the third day of the collections, Ms Lewinsky was nowhere to be seen.
Booked up A must for fashion fans is the new Instant Fashion book which was unveiled during the collections.
Contributors include designers Alberta Ferretti, Clements Ribeiro, Angela Missoni, and Yohji Yamamoto, with input from supermodels Stella Tennant and Alek Wek, beauty experts Toni & Guy and Francois Nars and celebrity photographer Ellen Von Unwerth. The book was launched last night in Milan.