Donatella Versace threw a lavish dinner party in Milan last night at the close of a very brief and very sobering Men's Fashion Week. She told The New York Times that the world will re-discover its love of excessive luxury in no time. While she holds her breath, we're going to enjoy the ways in which the fashion industry repeatedly comes together to help out the struggling. Like Elie Tahari partnering with the CFDA to rotate jewelry designers in his East Hampton shop this summer. Kara Ross, Me & Ro, Stephen Dweck and Subversive’s Justin Giunta are among those with mini pop-ups in the Tahari store, complete with signs in the windows, for two weeks at a time from July 1st through September. Each will make personal appearances, too. Tahari told WWD, "I wanted to show my support for the fashion industry by giving these designers a platform from which to raise the awareness of their brands and be seen in a highly trafficked environment such as the Hamptons."
Elie Tahari Is the Latest Designer to Become CEO of His Own Company
At our How I'm Making It conference this spring, many designers stressed the importance of having someone in their company to run the business side, allowing them the freedom to focus on designing clothes. However, a few established designers these days seem set on proving that they're more than capable of pulling double duty.