Ferragamo Fetes Its Renovated Flagship

Photos: Billy Farrell Agency

From left: Nina Garcia, Hannah Bronfman and Solange Knowles at the Ferragamo event.

God bless the Italians.

Ferragamo was kind enough to forgo the typical fashion-party fare—which tends toward the tiny and fishy—and literally ladle out the beef and chicken last night at its Fifth Avenue flagship store reopening last night. We have to give them high marks for keeping the fashion crowd not just well-shod, but well-fed.

Sorry, Pats fans: spring campaign star Gisele was nowhere to be seen. Still, amid a scene that included a nattily-suited Solange Knowles on the DJ decks and a crowd of socialites mingling with fashion editors, there was plenty of opportunity to broach our favorite topic: accessories.

Nina Garcia barely hesitated when we asked about her favorite piece from the house. "I'm a shoe girl, and the Ferragamo shoe is such a classic," she told us. "They've done such a phenomenal job evolving that style. It's very classic, but it's very today, very modern." The Marie Claire Fashion Director, who will be filming Project Runway's tenth season shortly, said she was not involved with Hearst's soon-to-launch YouTube channel, Hello Style. However, she did say: "I think it's very exciting, and Hearst is always at the forefront of technology. So, at the moment I'm not involved, but maybe later on."

Hannah Bronfman stopped by to chat before heading out to DJ another party. "Ferragamo does such a great beach hat. Like that floppy [style,]" she enthused, gesturing to an oversize denim one. "Gorgeous." Although, it sounds like the young socialite has little time to spend by the shore these days. "I have two projects coming up, both media-based. I can't really talk about them yet, but they'll be launching, one in August and one in October or November."

There was plenty to feel good about, not just shoes and hats: the evening benefited the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. And there was one more treat in store: as we headed out, shouts of "The ice cream truck's here!" could be heard; a gelato cart was being wheeled through the store, pursued by eager partygoers.