Shoe designer Gianvito Rossi speaks during the Gianvito Rossi boutique opening at South Coast Plaza on April 27, 2017 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)


Gianvito Rossi returned to Southern California after launching his shoe brand in 2007 to present his pre-fall and spring 2018 collections at his new boutique in South Coast Plaza. The 1,617-square-foot store is the brand’s seventh freestanding location worldwide and also is the first to have a men’s offering — a selection of sneakers in a dedicated room. As for a dedicated men’s boutique, there are plans to open one in Milan in late summer.

The cocktails were hosted by Friends of CASA and drew a who’s who of Orange County, including South Coast Plaza comanaging director Anton Segerstrom and his wife, Jennifer. Afterward, a smaller group adjourned to AnQi by House of An for a private dinner in the designer’s honor.

Shoe designer Gianvito Rossi signs shoes during the Gianvito Rossi boutique opening at South Coast Plaza on April 27, 2017 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Shoe designer Gianvito Rossi signs shoes during the Gianvito Rossi boutique opening at South Coast Plaza on April 27, 2017.  Capture Imaging

But Rossi’s fans up in Los Angeles also wanted to celebrate, so Erica Pelosini organized a dinner on Friday night at the Beverly Hills home of Nathalie Marciano. “I’m bringing a taste of Italy to Los Angeles,” said the stylist of her endeavors to host as many of her compatriots as possible. There literally was a taste of Italy, as Paul Marciano (Nathalie’s ex-brother-in-law) lent his personal chef for the evening to prepare caprese salad, pasta and lamb chops.

“I put rosemary everywhere,” said Nathalie of her decorating efforts. She didn’t have to do much; her new home is a showcase for an impressive art collection that includes works by Takashi Murakami, Ed Ruscha, Mark Bradford and Barbara Kruger. All of those artists are part of MOCA’s permanent collection, so it was fitting that the evening also fell before the contemporary art museum’s annual gala.

From left, Anton Segerstrom, Jennifer Segerstrom and shoe designer Gianvito Rossi pose during the Gianvito Rossi boutique opening at South Coast Plaza on April 27, 2017 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

From left, Anton Segerstrom, Jennifer Segerstrom and shoe designer Gianvito Rossi at the Gianvito Rossi boutique opening at South Coast Plaza on April 27, 2017.  Capture Imaging

Marciano’s ex-husband Maurice, cochairman of MOCA’s board, was present, as were his brother Paul Marciano and his wife Mareva; MOCA director Philippe Vergne and his wife, curator Sylvia Chivaratanond; Irena and Mike Medavoy; Tania Fares; Gagosian Beverly Hills director Deborah McLeod; Julia Sorkin, and comedian Gad Elmaleh. The younger Marciano generation — Nathalie and Maurice’s daughters Ella and Olivia and Georges Marciano’s children Matt and Chloe — were also present at the kids’ table.

For his part, the shy Rossi was impressed by the lively crowd, which later adjourned for a tour of Marciano’s spacious walk-in closet. “It’s very nice here,” he said. “All the women love to wear high heels.”

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