FAMILY AFFAIR: It was a meeting of the voices at Blumarine. The Indonesian singer Anggun and the Israeli Noa improvised a brief duet before the show, egged on by a journalist. The two had never sung together, but both said they "would love to." Anggun has other priorities now, though, as she is still breast-feeding her three-month-old daughter, Kirana. "I'm her slave," Anggun sighed. "I do sing her to sleep, but I'm not sure she really likes it...." Besides those private performances, Anggun, who is based in Paris, is working on a new album. Meanwhile, Noa's latest album, "Genes and Jeans," is ready to go and the performer will kick off her tour at the end of March. "The idea is to look at my Yemenite roots, contrasting with my American upbringing," she said. Noa even tapped her grandmother to perform on one of the singles.
NAUTICA CLOSING BELL: Nautica rang in not only its 25th anniversary and the launch of nautica.com, but also the New York Stock Exchange's closing bell Tuesday. Denise Seegal, president and chief executive officer of Nautica parent VF Sportswear, performed the symbolic act alongside Nautica-bedecked male models.
JOIN THE CLUB: Florence will have its first Four Seasons Hotel in May, in the 16th century Palazzo della Gherardesca, owned by former Calvin Klein licensee Fingen SpA. At the same time, Fingen's real estate division, RDM, is developing Italy's first private residence club in Florence: Club Tornabuoni, in the heart of the city, will stretch an entire block between Via Tornabuoni and Via Strozzi, and contain 36 apartments for 288 members in a historical palazzo that once belonged to the Medicis. "This is all about luxury lifestyle, connected to wine tasting, cooking lessons, exclusive cultural excursions, shopping and traditional craftsmanship," said Jacopo Mazzei, chairman and chief executive officer of RDM. Noting the apartments will be furnished with the best of Made in Italy design, such as Boffi kitchens, Mazzei said that, for added service, the club will be managed by the Four Seasons. The residences will be ready in the fall. "Thirty percent of the memberships have already been sold," said Mazzei.