PARTY TIME: Colette was buzzing Monday evening as guests gathered to celebrate the store’s most recent designer collaborations.
On the first floor, Catherine Baba effusively embraced guests keen to see her first eyewear creations, made in collaboration with Italian company F-O Vision, posing for photos sporting several colorfully printed pairs inspired by her extensive collection of vintage kimonos.
“It’s like a rave,” she said, explaining that her participation in the event was a last-minute thing. “It’s an insta-moment.”
The sunglasses are all handmade in Italy, she said, and part of the proceeds of each sale will be donated to charity.
“Giving back is the new black,” said the offbeat designer.
She has already seen interest in the collection from major retailers in New York and London, she revealed.
Baba has been collecting vintage kimonos for 20 years.
“I wanted everybody to wear my kimonos on their faces,” she explained.
Upstairs, meanwhile, guests gathered to toast Mansur Gavriel designers Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, who produced an exclusive blue metallic bag for Colette, on sale from Monday, and created the store’s current window display.
“I love it,” fashion blogger Kristina Bazan, who wore the new design over her shoulder, said, congratulating them. “The texture’s so different from everything else you’ve done.”
The New York-based design duo is on a high at the moment, having recently taken home the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design at the CFDA Awards.
But they plan to keep their distribution, currently at 70 points of sale worldwide, limited.
“Our aim is to be in the stores we consider the nicest in the world,” said Mansur.
Nevertheless, there is talk of broadening their horizons in terms of categories.
“We’re going to branch into shoes next,” Gavriel revealed, saying a common thread between the designs would be the pair’s commitment to high-end materials.
She would not be drawn on more details, notably as concerns a launch date.
“Just soon,” said Gavriel.