In December, news broke that Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini would part ways with the Italian fashion house after more than a decade working for the label. Her departure was planned for February – but as of this week, Frida’s tenure has come to an abrupt close.

The timing is less than ideal, with a menswear show scheduled for January 19 and Fall 2015 collections debuting this February in Milan. The brand’s design teams will handle the nuts and bolts of producing both runway events since Frida’s replacement has yet to be chosen.

Who will take over at the luxury leader? Sure, the rumor mill has suggested big-ticket names like Riccardo Tisci and Joseph Altuzarra, but we’ll have to sit tight a bit longer to find out.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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January 14, 2015

This Friday marks a major moment for Versace, as the luxe Italian fashion house prepares to open a new boutique in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s oldest shopping centers. And just like that, the Canals of Venice got pushed to my number two must-see Italian attraction.

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Image via nytimes.com

The opening is part of a larger renovation project that Versace has taken on: refurbishing the entire four-story Galleria. The label will spend nearly $2 million on the restoration of the crumbling landmark. Originally constructed in 1865, the Galleria was in dire need of a facelift, which should be completed next spring.

In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming of the mall that fuses haute couture and history.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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September 17, 2014

Ever wondered what goes into making the latest It bag? I know I have, especially when confronted with price tags in the quadruple digits. Sumptuous leather and signature hardware aside, it’s the craftsmanship behind these totable works of art that commands such a devoted following (and the inevitable sticker shock). One such iconic style is the now-defunct Marc Jacobs Stam bag, and the designer is at it again with his latest release: the customizable Incognito. To mark the launch, Marc’s team transports us to its Milan studio in a mesmerizing video that showcases the making of these bags.

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Screenshot via T Magazine

The new style is constructed out of 124 pieces (yes, that many). Patterns are traced, leather is cut, and components are sewn together, all by hand, and the process is chronicled in the clip. Now, the only handiwork I can contribute is actually getting my paws on one of these in-demand satchels.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 4, 2014

High fashion and dessert? I think I speak for every woman when I say they’re pretty much the two best things on earth. And now, Italian fashion house Prada has had the ingenious idea to combine them.

Prada Buys a Pastry Shop

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March 17, 2014