Ravishing. if you don’t know what it means, look it up. You may find a picture of Joan Collins next to the definition.
Dressed in an elegant, ruched black dress and strappy high heels, Collins, 82, was the guest of honor Wednesday night for the grand opening of the Roberto Coin store in the Design District. Guests gathered in the courtyard outside, across from Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.
Draped around the English actress’ neck was a diamond-encrusted bib necklace fit for royalty. Really. Prince Charles made the former Dynasty star a dame in March of last year.
“It’s a lovely piece, isn’t it?” said Collins as she smiled and posed for pictures along with her longtime friend, jewelry designer Roberto Coin, as well as Du Jour magazine publisher Jason Binn, who co-hosted the party.
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“We are proud to have British royalty with us tonight,” said Binn, who then pointed to Collins’ husband, Percy Gibson, 32 years her junior. “God bless Percy for keeping up with her!”
It is tough to keep up with Collins. The showbiz veteran reports that besides working on a new book, she will embark on a 15-city tour of her one-woman show, Joan Collins Unscripted, throughout the U.K. in September.
The one thing that she would have changed if possible: our weather.
“It’s a bit chilly for Miami this time of year, isn’t it?” Collins said. “Though nothing is quite like England.”
Fans approached Collins for pictures, and she charmingly obliged. One guest, looking to be in her 50s, gushed, “I’m so happy to meet you. I’ve been watching you since I was a child.”
“My goodness,” she volleyed back with a laugh. “How old are you?!”
Surfside is getting haute, haute, haute. New 1940s style eatery Villa Castelli celebrated its grand opening with fanfare and fun last week. Entertainment was provided by international tenor Ghaleb; notable guests included Italian footballer turned head coach of Miami FC team of the North American Soccer League Alessandro Nesta and 10-year-old professional Go-Kart racer, Elio Jr. Villa Castelli presented little Elio with a check for $12,000 to continue pursuing his racing career.
Fifth Harmony covers the March issue of Seventeen and the lovely ladies talk about they’re owning it at the top. The big reveal from the interview? Lauren Jauregui, who attended Carrollton School of Sacred Heart, doesn’t see herself with the group in the next 10 years. “I don’t see us still doing this,” said the 19-year-old. “But by then I hoped we’ll have toured the world and won a couple of Grammys for songs we are really passionate about.”