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Outlook brightens for Italian luxury sector

Prospects for Italy’s luxury goods sector are looking up thanks to strong sales forecasts in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Sales are expected to grow throughout the world – with the exception of Japan – and across all luxury product categories in 2010, the Altagamma Foundation said.

“These last two difficult years have spurred high-end companies to focus on consumers, to concentrate on their core business, and to further invest energy and resources on product design and innovation,” said Altagamma chairman Santo Versace, president of the Gianni Versace fashion house.

The global financial crisis severely dampened sales of luxury goods throughout 2009 as consumers postponed purchases or traded down for cheaper alternatives
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New Versace Home Collection Unveiled in Milan

To celebrate the opening of Milan Design Week, Versace hosted a cocktail party at the Versace historical HQ in Via Gesù 12 yesterday.

The new pieces include the Sunburst, a crystal round table. Its base is composed by 14 elements in chromed metal that conveys the strength of a solar explosion.
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Versace mansion lives on as Miami hotel

Barton G. Weiss, a Miami restaurateur, has turned the late Gianni Versace’s beachfront villa into a 10-room hotel, The New York Times reports.

The hotel, called The Villa by Barton G., is modeled on a Roman palazzo filled with fountains, frescoes and stained glass, featuring a pool and terrace tiled in thousands of colorful mosaics.

Gianni Versace’s former bedroom has a nine-foot-wide bed, two balconies and – for those who don’t pack light — seven closets. Rooms start at $2,100.
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Versace not working with Lady Gaga on range

Pop star Lady Gaga may be having an influence on sartorial choices in various parts of the world, but there is no project for her to work on a range with the Versace label, a spokesperson for the company said.

AFP earlier reported that British publication OK! Magazine revealed that Gaga would like to work with fashion mogul Donatella Versace for a range of clothing.

However a spokesperson for Versace indicated that such a collaboration was not in the works and therefore had no statement to make on the subject.
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Versace to launch cell phone

Italian fashion house Versace in May will introduce its first mobile phone, entering a blossoming new high-price category for luxury fashion brands.

Versace created the phone with ModeLabs, a French company that also makes phones for fashion house Christian Dior and watchmaker Tag Heuer.

True to Versace style, the bespoke phone will feature premium materials such as leather.
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Georgia May Jagger for Versace

Georgia May Jagger will be the face of the Italian fashion house’s Spring/Summer 2010 campaign.

The 17-year-old daughter of rock legend Mick Jagger and world-renowned model Jerry Hall will replace Gisele Bundchen.

Georgia appeared on her first Vogue cover in November 2009, and was voted this year’s Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.
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Versace to Close Its Japanese Stores

Bloomberg reports that Gianni Versace will shut down its stores in Japan as there is decline in the demand for luxury goods.

The fashion company has three stores in Japan, one in Osaka, one in Tokyo and one in Chiba according to the Versace website.

Versace, which entered Japan in 1981, isn’t the first brand to take this step. Last year Louis Vuitton scrapped its plans to open a store in Ginza, Tokyo.
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Versace opens a flagship store in Saudi Arabia

Versace has just opened a new flagship store in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

With black granite marble for the floors, white lacquer effect work on the walls, and a clear blown glass curtain chandelier, the store is looking as luxe as ever.

It will house complete collections for men and women, including accessories, eyewear, watches, fine jewelry, fragrance and Versace Home

Gianni Versace Designed Tiara Goes For Auction

On March 23rd, online jewelry retailer Bidz.com will auction off a gold and diamond tiara designed by the late Gianni Versace to benefit the Aid for AIDS charity, with an opening bid of $699,000 US Dollars.

The one-of-a-kind tiara, which contains over 1,200 diamonds and is worth an estimated $3 million, has been worn by celebrities including Madonna, Amber Valletta and Donatella Versace.

The Versace Tiara, also known as the Tiara, won the prestigious De Beers Diamonds International Award in 1995.

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Doldrums ahead of stunted Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week kicks off Wednesday in an atmosphere of gloom and doom with some 10 fewer shows in the lineup because of the global financial crisis.

While 95 fashion houses staged shows a year ago, this year’s programme has attracted only 79. A total of 93 brands showed their summer 2009 collections here last September.
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Versace hotel to refrigerate beach

Versace, the renowned fashion house, is to create the world’s first refrigerated beach so that hotel guests can walk comfortably across the sand on scorching days, reports The Australian.

The beach will be next to the the new Palazzo Versace hotel which is being built in Dubai where summer temperatures average 40C and can reach 50C. The swimming pool will be refrigerated and there are also proposals to install giant blowers to waft a gentle breeze over the beach.

The 10-storey hotel will have 213 rooms, several with their own internal swimming pools, plus 169 apartments. Fifteen more such hotels are planned.
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Palace Stone Collection by Versace

Versace has just released a collection of tiles called Stone Palace in collaboration with the ceramic tile industry mogul Gardenia-Orchidea.

It is a eclectic collection that combines beauty with some technological features that were used to create the details in the porcelain stone.

The Palace Stone collection comes in two different surface finishes and can be used for your kitchen, in the garden, or living room.
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New Versace Fragrance

Donatella Versace presents the ultimate luxury in gorgeous package: small leather suitcase coloured white with golden details. Gianni Versace Couture is the first fragrance which is ideal for the high class. It was created in cooperation with Euroitalia Company from Milan and its aim is to return the brand Versace on the top of luxury sector, beauty department in Italy.

“Versace has reestablished itself as a modern luxury brand,” Donatella said. “The Gianni Versace Couture fragrance project will reestablish Versace at the top of the beauty luxury sector.”

The 3.4-oz. bottle of scent is sheathed in the same leather as the train case. Both the sheath and the box bear metal plates engraved with “Gianni Versace Couture.” The amazing workmanship and made-to-order quality has been designed to evoke the era of lost glamour. The bottle is also supported inside the case by a liner that can be removed so that the leather box can function like a regular carrying case.

The new fragrance has notes of bergamot and tangerine with a floral kick from jasmine, heliotrope and almond blossom and a base that includes tonka bean, patchouli heart and sandalwood.

Distribution of Gianni Versace Couture will be exclusive, with a very exotic price of 2100 dollars per bottle. Placement on the European market is expected in November 2008. It will arrive in the USA in December and will be available in Versace boutiques worldwide.

Versace For Your Home

Donatella Versace designs more than just clothing nowadays.

You can bring the luxury of Versace into your home in a new and exciting way with their Versace Home line of black and white furniture.

Simple, modern lines make this furniture line sleek, elegant and one of Donatella’s best creations.

No word on pricing yet. On request the Interior Design Service at Versace Home can also plan and oversee “tailor made” interior designer projects for private homes.

Versace Fall 2008 ad campaign

– Versace Fall 2008 ad campaign shot by famed photographer Mario Testino –

The two models are Russian knockout Natalia Vodianova and Brazilian stunner Isabeli Fontana star in the ads which feature Versace’s eye-popping new line of handbags, clothing and accessories.

The Versace and Lamborghini Roadster LP640

Two Italian companies known for their inspirational design have collaborated to create the Versace and Lamborghini Roadster LP640 which is going into production for fall.

The limited edition luxury car, designed by Donatella Versace, will be produced to order and displays the signature Versace Greek Key motif on the front bumper and the lower part of the doors. The cradle seats are clad in black and white leather, while opulent full grain soft nappa leather – hand-embroidered with the Versace Greek fret motif – upholsters the instrument panel, the doors and the central console.

To create the new super roadster, the Maison Versace’s designers joined forces with designers from the Lamborghini Design Centre (Centro Stile)and specialists working on the “ad personam” project. This Lamborghini program allows individual clients to create personalised sports cars, choosing the equipment specification, the colour of the exterior body and of the interior fittings.

Versace has also designed an accompanying line of black calfskin accessories including a trolley bag, suit carrier, sports bag, as well as a briefcase, suitcase, gloves, driving shoes, belt, wallet, key ring, beauty case, hat andeven a pair of jean,s all bearing an engraved metal Lamborghini Versace tag.

This prestigious accessory collection will be exclusively available at Versace Boutiques and selected Lamborghini showrooms beginning in November 2008.

Gianni Versace’s CEO Giancarlo Di Risio emphasised: “This new supercar and the exclusive Collection LP640 represent a natural evolution of excellence for both Versace and Lamborghini through the creation of these unique, one-of-a-kind projects.”

Stephan Winkelmann, president and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., said: “Our collaboration with Versace turned out to be an excellent experience and is an example of how we are pursuing our strategy of developing luxury products outside of luxury sports cars. We are proud to be in this prestigious, Made in Italy partnership with Versace, which adds to our other recent successes.”

The price of the special-order Murciélago LP 640 Roadster Versace has yet to be named, but it is expected to be above the base price of $358,000. (Source : Press release)

Versace $227,000 Jewelry Watch

Versace is branding Luxury. At a recent Watch Fair in Baselworld, the Donatella unveiled the Versace “not like a watch” watch.

Available on order only, it’s a gold timepiece with a dial covered in more than 122 white diamonds. Given that three of this overprecious Destiny watch have already been sold, seems like The Versace lady makes sense:

“Women don’t really need a watch to tell time today — they have their cell phones and BlackBerrys. This is a jewelry watch.”

So? What else is there unnecessary in your daily routine? So we’d know what Versace’s up to next! (after helicopters and watches not meant to be worn as watches)

(not to mention I look at this ultra expensive watch and I don’t see the beauty of it at all! Looks like a fish in a can!)