I met Lauren Hutton in front of my apartment building in Miami Beach, about 15 feet from the spot where, a few years later, Gianni Versace would get shot. She sat with my friend Adam on the coral rock veranda of the Amsterdam Palaceâ€”an edifice with a singular, irreproducible charm that so beguiled Versace that he bought it and reconstructed it from top to bottom.
The fetchingly gap-toothed supermodel wanted a tour of the placeâ€”supposedly modeled on Columbusâ€™s villa in Santo Domingoâ€”and I was proud to act the docent. An astronomerâ€™s observatory overlooked the verdant Spanish-style courtyard. Bas-reliefs of Read more