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Brazilians Invade Pastis

The fashion flock more resembled the postal service Saturday night — as the saying goes, "neither wind, nor rain, nor sleet."

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The fashion flock more resembled the postal service Saturday night—as the saying goes, “neither wind, nor rain, nor sleet.”

As Hurricane Hanna poured down upon Manhattan, hundreds of Brazilian editors, retailers and models made their way to Pastis for a dinner hosted by the Carlos Jereissati, president of the Iguatemi retailer group. Francisco Costa stopped by only to say hello, but Carlos Miele and his pregnant wife Renata Castro stayed for the meal, of which the food was French (ratatouille) and the drinks were Brazilian (caipirinha). While socials including Celerie Kemble, Jennifer Creel and Tiffany Dubin struggled to keep up with the Portuguese chatter, Teri Agins felt right at home. The Wall Street Journal writer lived in Peru and then Brazil for years and is fluent in the language.

After dinner, Bebel Gilberto, daughter of famed Brazilian bossa nova master Joao Gilberto, sang a brief set from her latest album Momento. By then, the skies had cleared up, leaving party people to wander over to the Beatrice Inn for Mark Ronson’s birthday party.

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