Travel Gold Coast and Dubai in Palazzo Versace Style

Palazzo Versace in Gold Coast, Australia


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Versace WatchesWhen you’re away from home in some of the world’s most glamorous cities, you can still wrap yourself in the world of Versace. In addition to clothes, housewares and accessories, including jewelry and watches, Versace was purportedly the first high fashion brand to get into the hospitality business, creating magnificent palazzi to luxuriate in.

The Palazzo Versace was actually the idea of Soheil Abedian of the Sunland Group. In 1997 he brought the proposal of a Versace branded hotel to the Versace family who thought it would be a great extension to their company. Abedian believed that now deceased founder of Versace, Gianni Versace, who loved architecture, would appreciate a Versace hotel for weary travelers to shop, relax and lay their heads after an exciting day. Abedian’s plan could work because at that time Versace was the only fashion house that had a home collection and could completely outfit a hotel with essentials such as pillows, fabric, porcelain, cutlery, etc.

Soheil Abedian of Sunland Group with Son Sahba
Soheil Abedian of Sunland Group with Son Sahba
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By September 2000, the first Versace Palazzo was open for business in Southern Queensland, Australia in Gold Coast Broadwater. The first location was chosen because of the year-round temperate weather, perfect for yachting, diving, golfing, surfing or just lazing on the golden beaches. Many attractions also call this location home like Sea World, Dream World and the Warner Brothers Movie World.

Shoppers will be in heaven starting with Versace’s signature boutique in the lobby where they can get the hottest fashions and designed products. A short distance away is the retail precinct of Marina Mirage where more designers offer their wears. After or before getting bags full of goodies there are the options of going to the theater, browsing the galleries, admiring the architecture, gambling in the casinos or tasting wine at the wineries. For those with an appreciation of nature, there is the World Heritage National Park. Afterwards, come home to the Palazzo and dine in one of three world-class restaurants.

Lobby in Palazzo Versace Vanitas Restuarant in Palazzo Versace
Lobby in Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast Vanitas Restuarant in Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast
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After the success of the Gold Coast Versace Palazzo location, another Versace Palazzo is under construction in Dubai in Culture Village on the foreshore of Dubai Creek. Palazzo Versace Dubai will be the centerpiece of the 40,000,000 square foot area that will include a harbor, dockside developments and cultural and exhibition centers.

Palazzo Versace, Dubai
Palazzo Versace, Dubai
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If you thought Palazzo Gold Coast was decadent, wait to you see what’s in store for Dubai. The facade will be a spectacular sight with patterned fenestration, ornate pediment, along with glazing and arched windows. While about 90% of the artisans working on Palazzo Dubai are living in the United Arab Emirates, an Italian mosaic expert is developing the hand-cut marble and glass tesserae that will make up a mosaic inside the Palazzo.

Inside Palazzo Versace, Dubai
Versace Fall/Winter 2014
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Like the Gold Coast, Versace chose Dubai for a Palazzo location because Culture Village is planned to be a historical hub of Dubai featuring museums, souks, galleries, museums, designers and quaint cobblestone walkways. Developed on 1,400,000 square feet, it will include 146 rooms and 58 suites. There also exists an option to purchase condos and penthouses. Public spaces will surround the area showcasing artifacts, sculpture and art within landscaped gardens featuring promenades, reflection pools and terraces. Palazzo Dubai is its own little oasis.

Inside the Dubai Palazzo will be restaurants of the same caliber found in the Gold Coast Palazzo, as well as a spa, meeting rooms, bars and pool bars. Of course, the rooms will be equally lush, outfitted with Versace branded linens, furniture, etc. and even an opportunity to make the Palazzo home by buying a one to six bedroom condominium.

Fine Dining in Palazzo Versace, Dubai Spa in Palazzo Versace, Dubai
Fine Dining in Palazzo Versace, Dubai Spa in Palazzo Versace, Dubai
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Versace goes all out in their designs and product and the Palazzos are no exception. If you travel to the Gold Coast or Dubai (when the Palazzo is finished), then they should be a destination, a great way to be in the hub of the city and get pampered. And who doesn’t like to be spoiled? Especially by Versace.

About Versace Timepieces

Versace WatchesVersace has long been known as a leader in the world of glamour and fashion. The evolution of the Versace style has demonstrated a perfect balance between the classical and modern. In every Versace watch creation is a commitment to the finest quality and a reflection of a long manufacturing tradition. This is demonstrated by the Greek key and Medusa logo, unmistakable design details that confer a distinctive signature and represent a definitive expression of the glamorous style of the Maison. The Italian style of the watches combined with the “Swiss Made” precision and innovation are parts of what makes the watches what they are.

Today the Versace brand is widely recognized as a leader in the world of luxury and renowned for its classic elegance. Timepiece collections range from $795 to $22,000 retail.

Gevril Group US and Caribbean Agent for Versace Timepieces

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the sole US and Caribbean agent for Versace Timepieces. Contact us by email or at 845-425-9882.

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Donatella Versace Goes Home With Her New Collection

New Versace Milano Via Gesù Sofa


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Donatella VersaceDonatella first started to expand the Versace brand when her brother Gianni, the founder of the company, gave her the gift of creating the Versus collection in 1989, a fusion line that she gave a rock-chic style. A fusion line is a less expensive version of the brand that still contains all the inherent DNA and desirability of the haute end items. Take, for example, that J.Lo wore a dress from the Versus collection for her comeback new single in the music video “I Luh Ya Papi”. Other celebrities such as Miranda Cosgrave and Leighton Meester have also swathed themselves in Versus Versace. In addition, the Versus collection hangs alongside the signature collection in retail locations.

Donatella, as Creative Director of the company, has continued to add categories to the Versace name, such as perfumes, hotels, jewelry and watches. Another extension is a Home Collection, and Versace has just released a new one called Via Gesù that models itself on the Palazzo, considered the It-bag, and debuted at the Salone del Mobile in Milan.

Palazzo Versace Dining Chair Versace Dining Chair With Medusa
Palazzo Versace Dining Chair Versace Dining Chair With Medusa
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Donatella likes to stir things up, especially in her collections and that’s why they’re so popular, exuding a fearless and bold style. The Via Gesù Home Collection is equally provocative with sensuality as a major theme. For example, a baroque jacquard-upholstered sofa is called the Sextional, comprised of cushy cubes wrapped in colorful Versace baroque jacquards.

Of course, the characteristic symbols of Versace, the Medusa and the Greek Key, abound in the offerings in Via Gesù. Other pieces in the collection include a sofa with a Versace V sloping from the arms that contain secret drawers and have a Medusa head at the base; a dining table whose wooden legs remind of the architecture of the Via Gesù palace, highlighted by a new textile collection with neoclassical images alongside a view of the Palazzo Versace courtyard; the Duyal armchair and sofa decorated with African animals; and, the Zarrin armchair and sofa in leather reminiscent of a desert sunset.

Versace Sofa With Sloping Versace V
Versace Sofa With Sloping Versace V

About Versace Timepieces

Versace WatchesVersace has long been known as a leader in the world of glamour and fashion. The evolution of the Versace style has demonstrated a perfect balance between the classical and modern. In every Versace watch creation is a commitment to the finest quality and a reflection of a long manufacturing tradition. This is demonstrated by the Greek key and Medusa logo, unmistakable design details that confer a distinctive signature and represent a definitive expression of the glamorous style of the Maison. The Italian style of the watches combined with the “Swiss Made” precision and innovation are parts of what makes the watches what they are.

Today the Versace brand is widely recognized as a leader in the world of luxury and renowned for its classic elegance. Timepiece collections range from $795 to $22,000 retail.

Gevril Group US and Caribbean Agent for Versace Watches

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the sole US and Caribbean agent for Versace Timepieces. Contact us by email or at 845-425-9882.

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Salvatore Ferragamo Launches New RTW Boutique with Time to Spare

Diego Miguel, Alex Lundqvist, Ryan Kennedy, Michael Lange and Sean O’Pry


by John Sealander  

When these top models say it’s time for cocktails, make sure you notice what they’re wearing to tell the time.

On March 26, Sean O’Pry, the hot young star of Salvatore Ferragamo’s Spring/Summer 2014 advertising campaign, joined DETAILS Magazine in co-hosting a star studded cocktail party welcoming the new Salvatore Ferragamo RTW boutique to Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship New York store.

To the delight of New York’s fashion elite, hunky male models Alex Lundqvist, Ryan Kennedy, Garrett Neff, Michael Lange and Diego Miguel joined Sean in wearing looks from Salvatore Ferragamo’s current Spring Collection. Watch aficionados in attendance immediately noticed the handsome Salvatore Ferragamo watches on the wrists of Garrett Neff and Michael Lang. Garrett, the well-known face of Calvin Klein Man fragrance ads, wore a Ferragamo 1898 timepiece, while Michael Lang chose an elegant slim ceramic model.

Garrett Neff and Sean O’Pry Sean O’Pry and Alex Lundqvist
Garrett Neff and Sean O'Pry Sean O'Pry and Alex Lundqvist
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While celebrity DJ Brendan Fallis wowed the crowd with an eclectic repertoire of Electro, House, Rock, Alternative, 80’s, 90’s, Oldies, Hip Hop, Funk, Punk, Pop, and Club Hits, New York fashionistas enjoyed a glass of bubbly as they browsed the chicly stocked racks of Ferragamo’s new Ready-to-Wear line.

DETAILS Magazine fashion director Matthew Marden caught up with Sean O’Pry during the event to discuss his new gal pal, a mini Australian Shepherd named Mya, and his limited knowledge of Italian. It was a memorable evening that was over far too quickly as the time on Garrett Neff and Michael Lang’s handsome Salvatore Ferragamo watches refused to stand still.

About Ferragamo Timepieces

Salvatore Ferragamo WatchesFerragamo Timepieces draw on original styling to express iconic features in the Ferragamo tradition like the gancino, and merge them with other recurrent brand themes including a creative use of color, contrasting combinations of unusual and sophisticated materials, experimentation with shape and volume, and the finest detailing.

Gevril Group US and Caribbean Agent for Ferragamo Timepieces

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Gianni Versace’s Mansion Now Open For Business as Villa by Barton G. Boutique Hotel

The Villa by Barton G.'s Magnificent “Thousand Mosaic” Swimming Pool Lined in 24 Carat Gold Designed by Gianni


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Gianni VersaceBefore Gianni Versace even bought his villa in Miami named Casa Casuarina, it was a storied property dating from 1930 and built as an homage to Alcazar de Colon in Santo Domingo, the oldest house in the western hemisphere. It went on to host artists before Gianni bought it in 1992. After his death in 1997, telecoms mogul Peter Loftin bought the villa and turned it into a hotel that subsequently closed.

In September of last year, Joe Nakash, owner of the clothing empire Jordache Enterprises, purchased the property in a foreclosure auction with the intent of again turning Casa Casuarina into a hotel. After getting the blessing of the Versace family, the Nakash family and their financial partner, the New York Gindi family, got to work transforming the property into a luxury hotel. They made sure to keep Gianni’s aesthetic mostly intact, such as the magnificent 54 foot “thousand mosaic” swimming pool lined in 24 carat gold designed by Gianni and certain of his decorative elements throughout the house.

Joe Nakash and Eli Gindi Celebrate
After Purchasing Versace Mansion
Joe Nakash and Eli Gindi Rejoice After Purchasing Versace Mansion
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Now renamed the Villa by Barton G., the palatial property features 10 suites ranging in size from the 434 sq. ft. Medallion suite to the 1,428 sq. ft. Venus Suite, offering swooping views of Ocean Drive from two private balconies. Gianni’s personal bedroom is also available, a 1,174 sq. ft. Villa Suite with a nine-foot double king-size bed, two balconies and an ornate over-sized shower.

The Villa Suite The Italian Suite
The Villa Suite The Italian Suite
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No matter what size room a guest reserves, all will receive views from patios and balconies, Italian marble bathrooms and Egyptian cotton bed linen. In addition, there will be access to two private lounges and villa gardens. Guests may also book a spa service whether it be in the bedroom, on the rooftop or by the poolside. Of course, white-gloved butler service is provided while guests dine on Versace-designed Rosenthal china.

If you can’t afford an overnight stay at Villa by Barton G., whose suites start at $795 and Villa Suites start at $2,200 per night, then you can get inside the hallowed halls by booking a reservation at the Mediterranean restaurant Il Sole, conceived and run by Barton G. Weiss. Hence, the name of the hotel.

Mediterranean Restaurant Il Sole Moroccan Dining Room
Mediterranean Restaurant Il Sole Moroccan Dining Room
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About Versace Timepieces

Versace WatchesVersace has long been known as a leader in the world of glamour and fashion. The evolution of the Versace style has demonstrated a perfect balance between the classical and modern. In every Versace watch creation is a commitment to the finest quality and a reflection of a long manufacturing tradition. This is demonstrated by the Greek key and Medusa logo, unmistakable design details that confer a distinctive signature and represent a definitive expression of the glamorous style of the Maison. The Italian style of the watches combined with the “Swiss Made” precision and innovation are parts of what makes the watches what they are.

Today the Versace brand is widely recognized as a leader in the world of luxury and renowned for its classic elegance. Timepiece collections range from $795 to $22,000 retail.

Gevril Group US and Caribbean Agent for Versace Watches

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the sole US and Caribbean agent for Versace Timepieces. Contact us by email or at 845-425-9882.

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Nakash Family Denies Sale of Versace Mansion to Beckham

The Versace Mansion


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Whenever the famed Versace name is bandied about, the public’s ears perk up. This time it had to do with glamorous and camera-ready couple David and Victoria Beckham buying for a cool $60 million the mansion formerly owned by Gianni Versace, the man responsible for launching the fashion house empire and sadly murdered in front of this Miami home in 1998.

The rumor that the soccer star and his wife, a former member of the band Spice Girls, were to become the next owners of the property in Miami Beach has been traced back to Italy but no one knows how it got started. The Nakash family, the current owners of Casa Casuarina, as the mansion is known, bought it out of foreclosure for $41 million last September. They apparently outbid self-professed real estate mogul Donald Trump for the beachfront estate located at 1116 Ocean Drive.

David and Victoria Beckham
David and Victoria Beckham
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Chairman of Jordache Enterprises, Joe Nakash, bought Casa Casuarina in partnership with the New York Gindi family. Spokesperson for the Nakash family, Jonathan Bennet, who is also director of real estate and investments for the New York-based Nakash family, said they were as surprised as everybody else about the “news” hitting the Miami Herald, as current owners have no plans to sell the mansion.

Joe Nakash and Eli Gindi After Purchasing Versace MansionIn fact, the Nakash and Gindi families have plans of quite a different sort, to turn the 10-bedroom, 11-bath Mediterranean style home into a boutique hotel and use Gianni Versace’s name to keep his legacy alive. The new Versace hotel would operate in conjunction with the already established Hotel Victor adjacent to the property. A deal was worked out with the acclaimed Barton G restaurant to reopen with the new name Il Sole.

While the details of using the Versace name and history for the new boutique hotel aren’t nailed down yet, spokesperson Bennett assured there is an open dialogue to move in this direction with the Versace family. Interestingly, Bennet also publicly welcomed David Beckham’s input about how to proceed, since supposedly he was interested in the Versace mansion at the time of the auction. His interest could also be linked to the possibility of him launching a Major League Soccer team in Miami — two other rumors that remained unconfirmed at this point.

About Versace Timepieces

Versace WatchesVersace has long been known as a leader in the world of glamour and fashion. The evolution of the Versace style has demonstrated a perfect balance between the classical and modern. In every Versace Watch creation is a commitment to the finest quality and a reflection of a long manufacturing tradition. This is demonstrated by the Greek key and Medusa logo, unmistakable design details that confer a distinctive signature and represent a definitive expression of the glamorous style of the Maison. The Italian style of the watches combined with the “Swiss Made” precision and innovation are parts of what makes the watches what they are.

Today the Versace brand is widely recognized as a leader in the world of luxury and renowned for its classic elegance. Timepiece collections range from $795 to $22,000 retail.

Gevril Group US and Caribbean Agent for Versace Watches

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the sole US and Caribbean agent for Versace Timepieces. Contact us by email or at 845-425-9882.

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British Luxury Watch Distributor Nuval Limited Goes Into Receivership

Nuval Limited


by John Sealander  

Versace and Versus request their names be removed from all Nuval communications.

When a company that formerly handled top luxury brands like Arnold & Son, Ball, Fendi, Phillip Stein, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Versus and MeisterSinger shuts its doors and goes into administration, chaos can ensue.

On hearing the news of the Nuval receivership, fashion industry powerhouse Versace was quick to issue a statement making it clear that none of its luxury watch brands had any involvement with Nuval, despite the fact that the Nuval website recently featured both Versace and Versus branding.

Francesca Manfredi, PR manager for the Vertime, which manufacturers timepieces for Versus and Versace, told reporters: “While we have been negotiating for some time with Nuval regarding distribution of our brands in the UK, a contract was never signed. Now, after months of delays, we understand why this has occurred.” Vertime has requested that Nuval immediately remove the Versace and Versus names and any associated branding from all future Nuval communications.

Nuval’s Commercial Director Richard Darling, at the company’s Birmingham office, has confirmed the news that Nuval has gone into administration in the UK. However, Nuval has not released any details about the Friday, February 7th receivership announcement.

In related news, Ball Watches has hired Nick Wiseman, former Ball brand manager at Nuval, as their new in-house head of distribution. Since the UK represents a large and growing market for luxury timepieces, the demise of a major distributor like Nuval will continue to send shock waves through the watch industry.

It remains to be seen whether other major brands will take their UK distribution in-house like Ball Watches did. The only thing that is certain at this point is that important brands like Versace and Versus will continue to serve British customers in the most effective way possible.

About Versace Timepieces

Versace WatchesVersace has long been known as a leader in the world of glamour and fashion. The evolution of the Versace style has demonstrated a perfect balance between the classical and modern. In every Versace Watch creation is a commitment to the finest quality and a reflection of a long manufacturing tradition. This is demonstrated by the Greek key and Medusa logo, unmistakable design details that confer a distinctive signature and represent a definitive expression of the glamorous style of the Maison.

The Italian style of the watches combined with Swiss Made precision and innovation are parts of what makes the watches what they are. Today the Versace brand is widely recognized as a leader in the world of luxury and renowned for its classic elegance. Timepiece collections range from $795 to $22,000 retail.

About Versus Timepieces

Versus WatchesThrough the success of the Versace brand, Versus by Versace was born. Versus is the true rock and roll soul of Versace. It presents a fashion-forward collection at an accessible retail of $150 to $400. The Versus watch collection is an artistic force that anticipates new trends and evokes the qualities of a self-confident, young, dynamic and modern fashion-enthusiast.

Gevril Group is the US and Caribbean Agent for Versace and Versus Timepieces

Gevril GroupVersace Timepieces and Versus Watches are represented in the US and the Caribbean by Gevril Group. Contact us by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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