Elie Tahari’s Baubles... Where Raf Simons Reposes...

Elie Tahari’s East Hampton store just got a bit more precious.

ON THE BEACH: Raf Simons is gearing up to show his men’s collection in Paris on Friday and will focus on women’s wear in July, but he has the month of August planned out — and it’s all play and no work. For the third year, he’ll spend it in Apulia, Italy, said the designer before the Prada show, which he often attends as a friend of Miuccia Prada — “one of the few really, really interesting people in fashion I like to listen to.” About his holidays in the south of Italy, Simons said: “It’s the total opposite from this world. The first time I packed a whole suitcase, now I just bring my swim trunks. I never move, I just swim and eat freshly caught fish.”

BE MY GUEST: Riccardo Tisci, couturier at Givenchy, was perhaps the most surprising guest at Donatella Versace’s after-show dinner Sunday night at the Via Gesù palazzo. But he and Versace go way back. Indeed, Tisci said Gianni and Donatella are among the principle reasons he went into fashion. “Donatella for us is like a Sophia Loren. She’s a great representative of Italy,” Tisci said. “It’s a friendship.” Tisci said he was in Como to visit his mother on Saturday and stayed on an extra night to take in Versace’s show and party before rushing back to Paris to ready his shows for Givenchy men’s and couture. His review of Donatella’s show: “Very Versace, in an elegant way.”

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