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Dior's London Jaunt...Miuccia Honored in Milan...Art Basel's Under Way

Christian Dior opened its new 2,690-square-foot London boutique on Bond Street last week and celebrated Thursday night.

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MILAN’S FAVORITE DAUGHTER: Miuccia Prada
was all smiles last week as she arrived at Milan’s Manzoni theater to receive the prestigious Carlo Porta award for her contributions to the city. “I’ve been Milanese for two generations — I work for my city,” she said, adding that she felt “honored” for being the first designer to get the Porta statuette.

The theater, which was one of the only open show venues in the city because of a general strike of the entertainment industry, was filled with locals who could truly appreciate the song (in Milanese dialect) and dance numbers that peppered the evening. Indeed, Prada was summoned onstage with a tune from the Thirties called “Signorina Grandi Firme,” which translates roughly to “Miss à la Mode,” sung by an a cappella quartet. Accompanied by husband Patrizio Bertelli, Prada wore a navy blue double-breasted coat, silver patent-leather platform sandals and a pair of elegant purple crystal chandelier earrings.

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