It’s lucky number 13 for John Varvatos. The designer opened a boutique on New York’s Madison Avenue this week, marking the brand’s 13th retail location. “Opening a store on Madison has always been a dream of mine. I wanted to reflect a vibe that felt authentically Upper East Side residential, with a modern edge,” said Varvatos, who celebrated with a soiree Thursday. Big names partying in the 4,200-sq.-ft. spot included DJ Alexandra Richards and co-host Cristina Cuomo.
David Bromstad has a lot on his design plate these days. After successfully debuting his first collection for Naturalizer this spring, the HGTV host and interior designer hinted at a possible expansion into apparel. “I’m taking it one shoe at a time,” quipped Bromstad, who is involved in a string of companion projects that include a towel collection, set to bow this month, and a furniture and home décor line, slated to hit stores this summer. In between, Bromstad has found time to work on a new show for the cable network. “I’m doing a series of my own,” he said, remaining mum on details. “It’s still in development, but [it revolves] around real estate, renovation and design.”
Idols Give Back
Star power united this week when “American Idol” winners David Cook and Kris Allen performed at a free benefit concert for Soles4Souls. Also on hand for the Tuesday event was self-proclaimed Idol fan and “Nashville” star Oliver Hudson. Fans were asked to donate a pair of shoes for the charity, which uses the old pairs to help fund small business loans and outfit anyone in need. Allen donated a pair of Converse and Cook a pair of black combat boots. By the end of the evening, the organization had collected enough donations to help 1,500 people.
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As part of Milan Design Week, Fratelli Rossetti will host an installation by Letizia Cariello in the footwear label’s boutique on Via Montenapoleone. The exhibit, titled “Island,” will run April 8-13 and feature the artist’s favorite Fratelli Rossetti laceups as a centerpiece. “When Fratelli Rossetti contacted me, it made so much sense,” said Cariello. “I just drew out something consistent: a dialogue with the objects, shoes, interiors that I had already started elsewhere. As a result, the imaginary island was already in my mind.”