A Hollywood Hello

Fausto Puglisi is the guest of honor at a Chateau Marmont dinner


Angela Lindvall and Fausto Puglisi   
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Emanuel Ungaro creative director Fausto Puglisi touched down in Los Angeles for a dinner in his honor thrown by Arianne Phillips, B. Akerlund, and Barneys' Tomoko Ogura last night. "It's a great emotion," the famously enthusiastic Sicilian designer said, looking around at the party, which reunited him with the one of the women who helped launch his career. "For me, to meet Arianne was a goal," Puglisi explained of his teenage dream to move from Italy to America. "I said, 'I'm coming and I'd like to show you the collection,'" he recounted, with Phillips clarifying that their first exchange actually happened over fax. "You know, those old, rolled faxes?" she remembered. "Arianne was so open-minded," Puglisi said. "After three months I saw Madonna wearing my pieces."

As guests made their way to an elegant seating inside Bungalow 1 at the Chateau Marmont, Gwen Stefani took a seat next to Shirley Manson before passing baby photos back and forth across the table with Fergie. "One of the things that I absolutely love about Fausto is that he has this incredible energy that is completely contagious," Barneys' Ogura said, addressing the crowd. "You can feel it the moment he walks into the room, and it's really fused and integrated in his collection and his clothes." She too had a story about a younger Puglisi. At 17, he apparently walked right into Barneys with five dresses in hand that he hoped to sell.

Earlier in the week, Puglisi was in New York celebrating the arrival of his signature label at Bergdorf Goodman. Chanel Iman and the teenage singing sensation Zendaya chose looks from his Spring collection. On Thursday in Manhattan, Prada, in association with Friends of FAI, hosted an evening benefitting the restoration of the Abbey of Saint Mary of Cerrate in Puglia, Italy. Lake Bell was among the bold-faced guests.

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