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It was shortly after 10pm on Wednesday night when the Christian Louboutin soirée at Bergdorf Goodman popped, quite literally, with a Marilyn Monroe impersonator busting into the room alongside a giant cake.
The designer, sporting a crimson blazer, a neon pink tie and the widest grin, posed for pictures and mingled with his guests as the performer sang “Happy Anniversary” to him.
Celebrating his 20th anniversary in business, Louboutin also used the fête to showcase winning designs by Parsons, The New School for Design alumni, as a result of a contest inspired by a collection of shoes he'd designed for a Bergdorf exclusive.
Elsewhere in the Bergdorf Goodman shoe salon — which was bedecked in red curtains, red balloons, and confetti in the shapes of shoes, lips and martini glasses for the occasion — celebs like model Selita Ebanks, talk show host Wendy Williams and stylist Patricia Field mingled as red champagne glasses clinked around them, and truffled tater tots swirled around on lacquered trays.
Williams arrived on the arm of husband Kevin Hunter clad in a pair of the designer’s limited-edition 6-inch heels with black feather poufs. The TV personality, who is launching her own footwear line, Adorn, at FFANY this week, told FN she is gearing up to launch both handbags and jewelry with QVC this month. “I’ve been shopping with QVC forever, so it’s a natural fit,” she said.
While style icon Michelle Harper’s scarlet Zac Posen gown wowed the crowd, she was busing raving about her crown. Pointing to the ring of red flowers, created by her friend and milliner Ashley Lloyd, on her head, Harper said, “My dad started my hat collection when I was 7 years old, and I would also wear my grandma’s hats. Now I have more than 100.”
Socialite-turned-designer Tinsley Mortimer was eager to share details of her new project, a novel titled “Southern Charm,” which she said is inspired by her life and will hit bookstores next month. “I was going to do a style book, but then I talked to a lot of people in the industry who told me I should write a novel,” said Mortimer.
Meanwhile, fashion consultant Patrick McDonald was busy musing about the Grammy Awards to be held later this month. “The Grammys aren't a place for demure at all. I want to see a Louboutin pump with the real spiky toe,” he said. “Whoever wears those can kick some you know what.”