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On Monday evening, Virginie Courtin-Clarins and David Koma threw an intimate dinner party to celebrate the launch of the Mugler handbag collection, Koma’s first for the brand since he came on as artistic director in 2013. Karlie Kloss, who has walked in many of Koma’s shows for Mugler, joined Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Charlotte Di Calypso and more editors than one could count at the Musket Room in Manhattan’s NoLIta neighborhood.

Guests mingled about the New Zealand-inspired eatery, taking in the handbag collection, armed with a cucumber and vodka cocktail in hand.

“When we started working with David we really wanted to focus first on the women’s ready-to-wear, and really establish the Mugler woman,” said Courtin-Clarins, who serves as director of development, marketing and communications for the brand. She joined Mugler in September 2013, and her first task was to bring on an artistic director. The breadth of the collection is impressive, with 38 different handbag offerings — 12 shapes, made in a variety of fabrics and colors. The bags are done in signature Mugler fashion; sexy shades of red, black and white, “and always some metal details — because it’s Mugler,” Courtin-Clarins said.

As guests sat for a meal of broccoli soup and Arctic butterfish, Kloss and Koma huddled together in conversation, swapping bites off each others’ plates.  This is an unusually light week for Kloss; as she’s skipping Tuesday night’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show, after walking as an Angel in the show last year. Never one to rest though, she’ll be spending the day working, she told the table. 

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