It's been nonstop event partyparty in Milan since Saturday night, the inception of Milan Fashion Week Menswear Spring/Summer 2009 kicked off with a party at the Versace mansion on via del Gesù -- but as of now we're having trouble recovering from the Mortal Kombat between Tom Ford and Frida Giannini, the "usurper" who took over the House of gucci when Ford and Domenico De Sole left in 2004.
Last night saw two party going on simultaneously, Gucci's and Tom Ford's, and Tom made a point of dissing Frida in front of everybody saying, "Her invitation must have been lost in the mail". At the Gucci party, la Giannini coolly explained "I haven't invited him, he hasn't invited me". And we like Frida well enough -- especially because she just gave a shoutout to our dear "Magnum PI", whom we see as the perfect blueprint for a kicka$$ Elisir d'Amore as we wrote last year -- as source of inspiration for her new men's collection -- and we really have no bYotch in this dogfight, but we have to admit that Opera Chic does have a weakness for Ford's brashly pansexual appeal -- so visiting his new 5-level store in Via Verri (the former Zegna store) was a special treat -- lots of marble and crazy animal skins and vintage theater seats (from Franco Zeffirelli's collection), with a "privé" and open bar and a beautiful garden upstairs for VIP clients of his bespoke line -- it's all very 1960s swinger millionaire bachelor, a cool vaguely creepy vibe that's salvaged in the end by Ford's obvious skills at making skeevy look smart (just check out Terry Richardson's crazy X-rated fotos for his new campaign, more images in a link NOT SAFE FOR WORK, go here). During our visit we were also very impressed by Stefano Gabbana's more&more ripped state, and by his really rawking glistening blood-red earrings.
Also, Tom -- who lived here for five years during the Gucci era -- chose as his personal Milan headquarters the Hotel Bulgari (round the corner from his via Borgonuovo showroom), and that's pretty cool (we still like the Duomo Park Hyatt a lot, but all the cool kids seem to be staying at the Bulgari as of late). Tom Ford party at 9 via Mozart was indeed rawking -- as, we are told, was Frida's gigantosaurus party at the Hotel Diana, but we weren't there sorry Frida! -- not to mention we had the chance to hang out, among others, with Friend Of Tom Janet Jackson who, had she chosen to become a opera singer instead, would have singlehandedly raise the profile of the entire business (I mean think of a Traviata CD with this NSFW Janet cover).
Sunday night was a huge Prada party (la Miuccia gets big props for playing classical music at her latest show the other day) to celebrate their new perfume, which was overshadowed by Franca Sozzani's party at palazzo Litta for the Uomo Vogue 40th Anniversary Celebration (founded in 1968 by Flavio Lucchini), with all the fashion reps like the Etro family, Cavalli, Armani, the missonis', Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, John Malkovich and Tilda Swinton.