Bruno Frisoni is in town, and there’s only one thing to do when a cobbler of his caliber lands on our side of the pond—throw the man a fabulous cocktail party followed by an intimate private dinner. That’s just what Amanda Brooks did last night, greeting shoe lovers like Dr. Lisa Airan and J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons at the label’s Madison Avenue boutique before heading down the block to La Goulue, the Upper East Side institution that’s set to close later this spring. Brooks and Frisoni go way back. “He gave me four pairs of shoes for my wedding and I was one of the many different people, I’m sure, to recommend him to Diego [Della Valle] for the Roger Vivier job,” she explained. “Bruno could design 17 different collections, that’s how talented he is.” As if to prove her point, the cash register kept ringing throughout the party (the French Riviera Spring collection just arrived), and we spied at least one editor doubling back through the Fall line, which was on preview in the store’s second-floor VIP section, to consider placing a special order for one of his felt tote bags. And Frisoni’s whirlwind New York tour continues. Tonight, he’ll be the guest of honor at another dinner, this one hosted by Vanessa von Bismarck.
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