Vanessa Bruno knows a thing or two about stylish Parisian women. “The trick to Parisian-chic style is that the women do not change their style radically,” says the designer, who has been favored for her effortless, elegant pieces since launching her eponymous label 15 years ago. “They’re not a caricature of fashion.”
Editors, stylists, and starlets joined Bruno at Lucques in West Hollywood on Wednesday evening to celebrate her L.A. boutique’s one-year anniversary. “I’m lucky. I have a very wide range of clients,” she says. For the event, she donned her own thigh-high boots paired with shorts and a cropped blazer. “A lot of young actresses come into the store on their own as do older, more confident women, so opening my [U.S. flagship] in L.A. was a really good decision.”
As guests sipped Champagne, conversation over dinner turned to–not only Bruno’s incredible legs (the designer credits red wine for this)–but her fall/winter 2011 campaign, which was accompanied by a Nordic-themed short film set in Slovenia. Both feature actress (and fan) Kate Bosworth, who discovered the designer while shopping in Paris years ago.
“She is an artist,” says the smitten Bosworth (center, in photo with Vanessa Bruno and Rachel Bilson), who was wearing a white Jane Birkin-inspired shift dress from the spring 2012 collection. “The way she transcribes her clothing to film and is able to capture the woman in this effortless, mysterious style is enthralling.” The actress will also star in the spring 2012 ad and short film.
Though Bruno’s pieces have been spotted on the red carpet, she does not favor the over-styled looks that awards season promotes. “For this day, you are expected to have this allure, with the hair and makeup and these [actresses] are transformed into something they are not,” she says. “The coolest thing is when you can wear a dress that makes you look like you–so you can be yourself.” 8448 Melrose Ave., WeHo, 323-655-5300. CAROLINE CAGNEY