By  on October 21, 2008

MADRID — Calvin Klein creative director Francisco Costa played host Thursday night at a party here to fete Eva Mendes, the face for the fragrance and CK underwear lines, with a guest list that included royalty-related Madrid socialites, local TV personalities and fashion models.

Costa and Mendes were wrapping up a personal appearance earlier in the day at El Corte Ingles, Spain’s giant department store chain, and the company’s second-largest account in the world after Macy’s, according to Calvin Klein International president and chief executive Tom Murry. “Spain is a very important market for us and, in 2010, we’ll start shopping around for freestanding store locations here,” said Murry.

The party was held in Madrid’s exclusive Nuevo Club, founded in the late 19th century as a private men’s club. Model Laura Ponte — the daughter-in-law of the Duchess of Badajoz, the King of Spain’s sister — wore a vintage bolero, printed Shanghai Tang blouse, Balenciaga pants and Cavalli sandals. “They’re not too strappy because I don’t like to show my toes,” she confessed.

The Duchess of Alba’s daughter, Eugenia Martínez de Irujo, showed up in a strapless minidress and leggings with boyfriend Gonzalo Miró, and Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones, wore red (as in the family rubies) and black lace. The American-born octogenarian said L.A. production company Kennedy/Marshall has taken an option on her book, “The Spy Wore Red.” “She must have on millions in jewels,” a member of the Calvin Klein team observed.

Other guests included Isabel Preysler (she’s Enrique and Julio Iglesias Jr.’s mother); popular Spanish matador Francisco Rivera; Tom Ford model Jon Kortajarena; Maria Zurita, niece of King Juan Carlos, wearing a black Calvin Klein tuxedo and fuchsia vest, and celebrity chef Sergi Arola, who said he’s scouting restaurant locations in New York this week.

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