Stella McCartney Celebrates Her New Soho Store
Stella McCartney doesn't do anything small. Her new Greene Street store, for example. At over 5,200 square feet and two floors, it positively dwarfs her now closed Meatpacking District boutique. And then there was the dinner she hosted to celebrate its opening last night, with a guest list that included Naomi Watts, Kristen Wiig, and Liv Tyler, and an equally A-list roster of art stars, Cindy Sherman and Marilyn Minter among them.
A pair of giant ice sculptures of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings stood at each end of the long table. Below them was a moat straight out of a Tokyo sushi bar, upon which floated appetizers accompanied by notes that read "grab me," "have me," and "Fred Armisen." The comedian and his fellow SNL funnyman Jason Sudeikis were having a laugh with the place cards.
Midway through the Mario Batali meal, art dealer Tony Shafrazi toasted Stella and the new store, informing the crowd that in a former life, the Soho location was a famous gallery: 112 Greene Street. "It was a legendary space all the way through the seventies and early eighties," he said. To which McCartney replied, "I would like to apologize for taking something so rich and making it into a shop for shoes and handbags." Earlier, though, she admitted, "It really is incredible for a London girl like me to be in Soho. It sounds cheesy, but it's a dream."