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It Bags and "Ridiculous" Shoes Grab Spotlight at Brit Label's L.A. Dinner

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In town to fête her Fall '10 collection, Mulberry creative director Emma Hill arrived in the City of Angels with a little extra baggage—the label's signature glittery leopards, which held court at each end of the pool at the Chateau Marmont. Label muse Alexa Chung (toting her namesake bag, of course) was in town to play DJ for fellow It Brits like Kelly Osbourne and Cat Deeley. During dinner, Jessica Joffe and stylist Jessica de Ruiter sat at one end of the long table, while 90210's Jessica Stroup and Shenae Grimes snapped Polaroids of themselves with Gia Coppola and Nathalie Love at the other, and sliding into the seat next to Hill—fashionably late—was Kate Bosworth.

Hill, for her part, was reveling in the number of Angeleno fans on hand. Though she kept mum on whether there was a new L.A. store on the horizon, an expanded production schedule means that we will see more Mulberry bags and ready-to-wear stateside (the latter is currently only available on the label's Web site and at its Madison Avenue location). Reflecting on the overwhelming demand for the Alexa and, lately, the Neely bags, Hill shrugged sheepishly, "It's really a high-class problem, now, isn't it?" Clutching her own Margaret bag (named for the wild royal), the designer did hint at what's to come. "We're definitely going to continue to push for more leathers and start to make the line more cohesive, using hardware from the handbags on the clothes and shoes," she said, as someone complimented her coral booties with Bayswater hardware (due out in August). "They're kind of ridiculous, aren't they?" The kind that should fly off shelves, yes.

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