Miami’s Luxury Pick-Up Truck: The 2009 Sierra Denali

A hard-working truck with a touch of luxury, the 2009 GMC Sierra Denali is available in two- or four-wheel-drive crew cab configurations. The Sierra Denali is powered by an E85-capable 6.2L V8 engine packing 403 hp and 417 lb-ft torque paired to a six-speed HD automatic transmission. As displayed in GMC Sierra Denali photos and 360 views, the pickup truck's spacious interior can accommodate up to six passengers with leather-trimmed seats, wood accents and a host of amenities including a Bose audio system. EPA-estimated fuel economy is rated 13 mpg city/19 mpg hwy for the 2WD, and the 4WD loses one mpg in the city. With the highest possible frontal and side-crash impact safety ratings, the Sierra Denali features dual-stage frontal and head curtain side impact airbags, StabiliTrak stability control system and the OnStar communications system. The Sierra Denali 2WD can tow up to 9,600 pounds, while the AWD trims can tow up to 9,300 pounds. Find the latest special for the Denali online at

Couture Fashion Week Expands to Dallas

At a recent private party in Dallas, fashion show producer Andres Aquino announced that Couture Fashion Week will be expanding to that stylish city beginning in November 2009. International designers participating in the world-renowned event will now have the opportunity to show their latest collections in both New York and Dallas, as well as other selected markets as the event continues to grow.

When asked “Why Dallas?”, Mr. Aquino replied “Because Dallas is one of the country’s most important centers of style and sophistication with a large population of upscale fashion-conscious consumers. We are excited to be bringing a series of original highly creative fashion shows to Dallas.”

Couture Fashion Week Dallas will be held November 7-8, 2009 at the historic Union Station which recently underwent a $23 million renovation. Receptions with culinary delights by famed Wolfgang Puck Catering will serve as the perfect complement to the fashion shows and entertainment. Under the direction of Mr. Aquino, the CFW team consists of top makeup artists and international hair stylists, gorgeous models and experienced technical staff. The highlight of the Dallas event promises to be the Couture Fashion Week Ball, a gala black tie affair on the evening of Saturday, November 7.

Couture Fashion Week New York will be held at the world-famous Waldorf-Astoria September 11-13, 2009. That event will also include the Couture Fashion Week Ball on Saturday evening, September 12.

Launched in 2003, Couture Fashion Week is a multi-day event showcasing couture and luxury fashion. It also includes exhibits of luxury brands and fine art as well as world-class entertainment and receptions. Couture Fashion Week offers unique branding opportunities for luxury products and services. More information and tickets at:

Shoulders of Fortune

There were plenty of opportunities to rub shoulders with celebs at Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's "Fabulous Night in Cannes" party on Friday—that is, if you could get past the pouffed shoulders. Kerry Washington, Dita Von Teese, and Peaches Geldof all wore Dolce & Gabbana dresses with exaggerated sleeves. They weren't quite the ear-scraping variety found on Rihanna's Met gala smoking jacket, but they came close. The designers themselves, who are in the news today facing (and vigorously denying) tax evasion charges, put on the most bella of figuras—both sporting tuxes and bow ties but going sockless. Fabulous, indeed.

— Nicole Phelps