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July 25 2014

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Versace and the Haas Brothers Strike Gold

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Nikolai Haas and Simon Haas

“I was shaking,” said Simon Haas of the first time he met Donatella Versace. Clearly, he and brother Nikolai have gotten over their initial nerves, because last night at Versace’s Soho store, the designers celebrated their second capsule for the house. Displayed in all its gilded glory, the range of homewares and fashion objects (available starting today) was no doubt worthy of the Versace name. A golden honeycomb and Medusa iPhone cover was a hit among guests (the brothers made matching compact mirrors, cigarette cases, and lighter holders, too), and the black and gold shackle cuffs, clutches, and belts; Medusa-pendant chains; and clever tie clips looked as though they could walk down Donatella’s runway. On the objet d’ art front, there were leopard statuettes in exotic colors, and rounding out the offering was an assortment of printed T-shirts covered in a mélange of Versace iconography. “The [black and gold] one was actually just the cover of our presentation,” said Simon, “but Donatella loved it so much that she told us it had to be a T-shirt. She’s the most supportive, visionary person ever.”

After the cocktail party, the likes of Waris Ahluwalia, Michael Avedon, Patrick Li, and Maria Cornejo headed to the Mercer Kitchen for an intimate dinner. And considering guests are always late to fashion fetes, it was somewhat surprising that nearly all the invitees turned up promptly at 8:30. “Of course, everyone’s on time,” said Cornejo, laughing, who just returned from an emotional trip to her native Chile. “They’re on time because there’s food!”

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