BAKER GETS THE BOOT: On Thursday night, devotees of the cult brand Fiorentini + Baker traveled to Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach for a preview of the spring collection. In a town where heels at parties reign supreme, boots were for once the dominant choice for footwear. On an open-air patio, designer Deborah Baker explained that Italy played a role in her design process. “A little bit of the inspiration comes from really terrible weather in Italy this year,” she said. “It’s really normally beautiful everyday with blue skies. But, there were thunderstorms and really strange weather. So that’s where you get the black and shades of blue.” Lilakoi Moon, the actress formerly known as Lisa Bonet, cohosted with Shiva Rose and Phoebe Dahl. “As humans we love to play,” said Moon. “I love fashion. I always have. But, with the seriousness of what’s happening in the world sometimes I can feel guilty about indulging. So, this is a wonderful way to indulge and know that the money that might be spent selfishly is giving back to something that matters.” The beneficiary of a portion of the night’s purchases was Children’s Action Network. The next stop for the preview party will be New York, and final destination is Bologna, Italy where Baker resides.

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