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Vanessa Bruno Brings Some French Spirit to Her New L.A. Store

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"Only Vanessa Bruno could get me to wear leather shorts," remarked Minnie Driver at the opening of the French designer's Los Angeles boutique last night. The platinum blonde Bruno, in town from Paris, welcomed guests like Rosario Dawson, Lisa Eisner, Tracee Ellis Ross, Leslie Mann, Kelly Lynch, and Élodie Bouchez to the Melrose Avenue store. "I love her contradiction," Erin Wasson said. "Her feminine pieces are extremely feminine, but she injects some androgyny in others."

The airy, gallerylike shop—Bruno's first in the U.S.—houses the signature collection, footwear, handbags, and the diffusion line, Athé. "It was important for the store to have a French spirit even though we're in L.A," Bruno said. Enter Chabert. The Paris-based artist began a mural in the store yesterday afternoon and continued painting after the party finished. His canvas will be divvied up and sections will be mailed to guests as a souvenir. Beats an Eiffel Tower key chain.

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