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ITALIAN TOUCH: The house of Ferragamo will lend an Italian touch as sponsor for Thursday’s opening gala for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The splashy affair, whose honorary cochairs are Brad Pitt and Robert Redford, will also welcome Julie Andrews, Courteney Cox, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jodie Foster, Diane Lane, Demi Moore, Freida Pinto and Charlize Theron, among others.

In addition to a performance by Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, there will be a runway show of the spring collection featuring several light-colored embroidered gowns Ferragamo creative director Massimiliano Giornetti designed for the occasion. There will also be a Ferragamo pop-up shop within the center selling several accessories exclusive to Beverly Hills such as Lucite heels, hand-woven lambskin and exotic skin and high-tech mesh combos.

This story first appeared in the October 16, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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