On Thursday night, the Cusp by Neiman Marcus panel in Beverly Hills drew a sampling of clients for a preview of spring’s noteworthy trends, hors d’oeuvres and green piña coladas in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
The presentation, which featured commentary from Angela Lanter of Hello Gorgeous, Katherine Ormond of Lyst and actress Emma Bell, showcased ten looks from designers such as Rag & Bone, Marc Jacobs, Alice + Olivia, Etienne Marcel and Self-Portrait. All had one or more element from “The NM List,” a take-home guide for guests that included the wide-leg pant, bare shoulders, lace, high-impact earrings, vivid matte lips and the color purple.
Beyond the external panache, Bell, who just learned that her digital media series “Relationship Status,” produced by Milo Ventimiglia, will debut at the TriBeCa Film Festival, said she appreciated the freedom of modern clothing. The actress recalled her role in the period film “A Quiet Passion,” which recently premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. In it, she shared the role of Emily Dickinson with Cynthia Nixon. “Everything then was really heavy and restrictive. You can totally see how women in that day, although it looks beautiful and it’s certainly romanticized in movies, were restricted. You can’t do a lot of the things that you can when we’re wearing jeans,” she said.
She was correct in the literal sense, as 10 percent of the proceeds from Etienne Marcel purchases that night went to support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.