Stars Show Up for Sunglass Hut Flagship Store Opening

Two floors and 6,000 sq ft of designer sunglasses on New York’s most fashionable avenue!

That’s what Sunglass Hut invited the stars out to celebrate when it opened its flagship store on Fifth Avenue yesterday.

Hosting the event was recently named Sunglass Hut Style Director, Rachel Bilson.

The new store, in addition to stocking Burberry, Bvlgari, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Persol, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co., and Versace, will  feature an uber-cool interactive shopping experience. Customers will be able to try eyewear by taking pictures of themselves, and playing them through a touch screen.

Read more for pics of the celebs who attended.

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Versace for Everybody!

It’s a sign of the times!

Versace has indicated that it will make its Versus line “more accessible” to a “wider clientele” according to a Reuters report today.

I think what they really meant to say is that they’ll be making their brand a little less expensive, with the aim of boosting their bottom line.

Before you go off getting all excited, I must point out that the new, more affordable Versus will only become available  in 2010.

Reuters reported:

Versace said in a statement it had signed a deal with Italian company Gruppo Facchini, which operates in clothing, hotels and contemporary art, and will start with a clothing and accessories collection for Spring/Summer 2010.

It is expecting turnover of more than 700 million euros ($896.9 million) in the first five years. A new company, VSV, will be created and Gruppo Facchini’s Mathias Facchini will be chief executive.

While its Versace line is a red carpet favorite among celebrities and its glamorous gowns cost thousands of euros, the group’s Versus line aims to offer luxury that is more “aspirational, more accessible,” CEO Giancarlo Di Risio told Reuters.

“These are two very different brands … Versace is a brand that represents the high end of luxury,” Di Risio said.

“Wanting (Versace) to remain at this level, we thought of Versus as offering … more man on the street prices and offers … to cover a different audience.”

“It is a market that we do not have,” he added.

In January, Di Risio was quoted saying Versace’s core customer did not queue for bargains at post-Christmas sales in Italy’s fashion capital, but was “on the slopes in St Moritz or on a boat on the Caribbean.”

Di Risio said Versus would open 20 boutiques by 2011 all over the world.

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(Editing by Paul Casciato)

Versace on The Road

Now this is an interesting collabo.

Versace has agreed to design the interior of a limited edition Lamborghini car and its accompanying accessories like gloves and bags in the latest partnership between the two luxury brands.

Reuters says the Italian fashion house will design the interior of the Murcielago LP640 Roadster.

The cars, whose interiors will be fitted with black and white leather, will be made on demand so the number to be produced has yet to be determined, according to a Lamborghini spokeswoman.

The accessories, which also include trolleys and suitcases, will go on sale in Versace and Lamborghini stores by November.

The car looks ok but we really wanna see the gloves and handbags!

[Image by Reuters]


Christian Louboutin Tops Luxury Shoe List

High net-worth female consumers rated Christian Louboutin the most prestigious women’s luxury shoe brand in the 2008 Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI) survey.

Louboutin lovers said, “They have shoes that catch the eye and the red soles are something everyone recognizes,” and “they have great styles that make you feel feminine and sexy.”

Where was the Manolo Blahnik label on the list?

It placed second, ahead of Hermes which ranked third.

Following are the 29 luxury women’s shoe brands that were rated (alphabetical order):

1. Bottega Veneta

2. Burberry

3. Chanel

4. Chloe

5. Christian Louboutin

6. Cole Haan

7. Dior

8. Dolce & Gabbana

9. Fendi

10. Ferragamo

11. Giorgio Armani

12. Gucci

13. Hermes

14. Hugo Boss

15. Jimmy Choo

16. Louis Vuitton

17. Manolo Blahnik

18. Marc Jacobs

19. Michael Kors

20. Miu Miu

21. Prada

22. Ralph Lauren

23. Stella McCartney

24. Stuart Weitzman

25. Tod’s

26. Tory Burch

27. Valentino

28. Versace

29. Yves Saint Laurent