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Versace has partnered with ModeLabs Group to create Unique, its first touch-screen luxury mobile phone that will be available next month.



LOUBOUTIN’S ANGELS: Christian Louboutin has brought his own brand of showbiz to the Cannes Film Festival, with a pop-up shoe store on the beach of the Riviera resort that doubles as a showcase for his Loubi’s Angels. They go by the stage names Jessyca, Claudine and Josephine, and performed outside the Palm Beach Casino for three nights from Sunday after a cross-country trek documented in a series of short movies posted on Louboutin’s Web site, featuring cameos by the likes of Mika, Dita Von Teese and Elisa Sednaoui. The designer said the idea came to him a few years ago when he was lunching with an actress in Cannes who complained she could not find his shoes there. “I thought, why not have something like an ice cream truck stationed in front of the Hôtel du Cap?” he said. Instead, he snapped up an old cheese truck and had it painted black. The mobile store, dubbed “The Black Carriage,” will travel through France and Spain this summer. The designer plans to open several permanent stores this year: ones in Beirut in July, Dallas in September, Tokyo in November and Dubai by yearend. He also is beginning work on a book to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his brand next year and starting an archive of his work.

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