ROCKS AROUND THE CLOCK: Thandie Newton, Tom Dixon, Roksanda Ilincic, Bella Freud and other friends and fans of Solange Azagury-Partridge sipped Dom Pérignon and grazed on foie gras and potted crab at a party Tuesday evening to mark the jewelry designer's double-header launch. Guests gathered at Azagury-Partridge's bijou boutique in London on Westbourne Grove for the unveiling of Platonic, a diamond jewelry collection, and a new fragrance called Cosmic. "Solange is very good at maximizing the luxury at the heart of everything," said Freud, as pieces from the jewelry collection twinkled in the background. The jewels are made from diamonds — rough, smooth, black, gray and white — and Azagury-Partridge calls them "planet-inspired." There's even a smooth, diamond bead necklace that looks like a string of pearls. "That's a real stealth-wealth item," she said.
THE WINNER: In the wake of the official celebrations in July with a ballet at La Scala, Milan is now commemorating the 10th anniversary of Gianni Versace's death with an event aimed at supporting young and talented fashion students. The municipality in the person of town councilor for special activities Tiziana Maiolo, together with Milan's IED (European Design Institute) will for the first time assign an annual scholarship to allow students to attend the three-year, post-diploma course of Fashion and Textile Design at IED Moda Lab. Students participating submitted 10 sketches, summing up and interpreting Versace's genius and style, and the iconographical materials that inspired them, to a jury composed of Donatella Versace, Franca Sozzani and Maiolo. The wannabe designers focused on Versace's various interests other than fashion — paintings, sculpture, theater and music. On Thursday, Maiolo, Andrea Batilla, headmaster of IED Moda Lab, and Mario Boselli, head of the Italian Chamber of Fashion, presented the winner: 19-year-old Michele Guglielmo, who also gets to intern at Versace at the end of the course.