When it comes to fashion and the good life, Italians do it better. It’s in this La Dolce Vita spirit that Domenico Vacca celebrated Christmas in his 10 story flagship store in Midtown Manhattan, this past Tuesday.
The soiree started off in the ground floor of the majestic building right off 5th avenue were attendees sipped on red wine and prosecco with gusto, mingled and conversed about the good things in life, like fashion, music and food. The festive atmosphere was taken up a notch by Papaceccio and Francesco Santamaria, two immensely talented Italian artists who performed a mix of classic Italian and American songs for the cheerful crowd savoring slices of Panettone, a typical Italian Christmas brioche. Mister Vacca proved to be very down-to-earth taking pictures with everyone and giving a heartfelt and patriotic speech preluding the performance.
The Italian magnate launched his eponymous fashion house in 2002 and has since become a Hollywood favorite for red carpet appearances. His new NYC flagship store includes a shop for men and women, a café, a barbershop/hair salon and a private club (whose annual fee will set you back $3,500). On the top floors lay a small number of extremely exclusive apartments available for short-term rent to the members of his private club. The whole place abounds art and elegance: from the paintings hung on the walls to the sculptures set alongside the dress shirts and the remarkable window displays, one thing seems to be clear, Italians do it better.