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Making Eyes at Charlotte Casiraghi

Gucci launches its new cosmetics range; plus Giuseppe Zanotti's anniversary bash

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Deb Henretta, Charlotte Casiraghi, and Pat McGrath   
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"Passion project" is how Gucci's creative director, Frida Giannini, referred to the Italian fashion powerhouse's much-anticipated makeup collection launching in September—an enterprise four years in the making. The Carlyle Hotel served as the backdrop for the big reveal last night, with one room wrapped in LCD screens playing the Charlotte Casiraghi-fronted ad campaign. Post-video, a brief blackout preceded the main attraction: a brightly lit glass case filled with logo-covered lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes.

Solange Knowles, Anja Rubik, and Pat McGrath came out to celebrate the launch, which included a performance by the Aussie sister act Say Lou Lou. "I'm a mascara freak, so I'm excited to try theirs," said actress Kate Mara, also in the crowd. Giannini also qualifies: "From your eyes you can really exude your confidence and sexuality—you can be very provocative, you can be very feminine, you can be very tough," she said. Asked if there was one beauty move a Gucci girl would never make, she added, "I don't think so. The Gucci woman always takes a risk."

Meanwhile, in the Waverly Inn's back garden, friends, editors, and fans gathered to celebrate Giuseppe Zanotti's twenty years in the biz. "I'm not a young designer anymore," laughed Zanotti while passing out baci to his guests. "I felt like a student for a long time. Now I feel like the professor." But after the designer reminisced about presenting his early collections at the Plaza Hotel two decades ago, the maestro of saucy footwear insisted he's not settling down. "I love a new challenge. Shoes are an enormous universe, and with energy and passion, you can always discover new things," he said. As for the next twenty years? "I want to do shoes that have emotion," he told us. "And I want to do something new for the foot that feels even more sexy!"

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