2009 May 6

Store Warming

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(NEW YORK) A so-called "Marni Girl" is known for celebrating stylistic eccentricity--pairing a loose printed dress, say, with a geometric resin necklace. Last night, droves of such women ventured up to East 67th Street, where Consuelo Castiglioni welcomed clients and editors alike to christen the new store with champagne (and Pellegrino). "I just love being in New York, because there is so much to be inspired by," the designer explained. "Whenever I'm here, I go to the galleries and just walk around the city to find ideas for my new collection. I wasn't able to go to DIA because I was so busy with the Met, but I'll be back next time."

The festivities, which governed most of the boutique's second floor, was especially conducive to mingling. Rachel Zoe, Hal Rubenstein, Linda Fargo and Roopal Patel chatted with fellow designers like Thakoon Panichgul, Vera Wang and Brian Atwood. Meanwhile, Castiglioni was approached by a self-proclaimed superfan clad in head-to-toe Marni who gifted the designer a book she produced on the subject of charms. (The jeweled kind.) "It really is wonderful to see everyone," Castiglioni concluded, "But it's impossible to see everything!"

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