Jean Bean gave me this little pup a few years ago. He's a Missoni---an adorbs talisman she got in a gift bag during one of her trips to Milan Fashion Week. His perch in my messy closet changes but I always know where he is, watching me, reminding me that my best college girl friend is fabulous...and hearts me.
I love how she asks me, "Are you free?" Um, for the Missoni family...at Neiman Marcus...I'll make the time.
Vittorio, son of the Missoni founders, and his deliciously tall, soft-spoken son were in town to celebrate the family's Walk of Style honor, down the street from NM on Rodeo Drive. Fittingly, it was the first time a family had received the honor.
Before the ceremony, the two men, who both work for the family business in marketing and production, held an intimate fashion show for a few lucky Neiman's customers in the Beverly Hills store.
While we drooled over the amazing clothes, they shared amazing stories about the beginning of the family business, how the zigzag was born and how Italian women are very similar to Californian ones.
They even whisked out the most recent flamenco-inspired runway looks, revealing that Neiman's would have pieces available months before everyone else. Let me tell you, this makes rich ladies very excited.
What also struck me about the whole experience was how lovely and genuine, Vittorio and Octavio were---to me, to the sales associates, to the photographer, to the customers, to the waiters. I've never meet fashion people that were more unassuming and gracious. Made me love their brand even more than I already do.
And that's pretty hard to do since I already love all this glorious Italian yarn. The colors! The zigzags! My kingdom for a closet full of colorful zigzag yarn!
Here are some of my picks for best dressed fellow Missoni lovers at the event.
LIVE FOR HER DRESS---my fave at the event!
Also looooved a momma who indoctrinates her daughter early about the finer things club.
Beautiful, beautiful experience---am forever grateful to Beans for the opportunity!
3.1 Phillip Lim dress
Marc by Marc Jacobs coat
Alexander McQueen heels
Woe is me I don't own a single Missoni piece...other than my puppy and this scarf. So I built my outfit around the latter.
Used the palette of resort 2011, then plucked out the busiest pattern in my closet to build the black and white ensemb.
Verdict? Too ho hum. I should have gone for color. Missoni is all
about color. F to me for being safe not fab.
The saving grace of the lewk: my iPhone cover. It's Missoni for Tar-jay, but Vittorio and Octavio both lit up when I flashed it. As I used my phone to start recording our interview, they looked at it closely, smiling at each other. Later, Vittorio shared:
"The collaboration with Target was an incredible experience. We had the opportunity to make a real total look---from your phone cover to the iPad cover to the little dress to the little coffee cup to the children's wear. All giving the Missoni look...in an easy way but keeping the design and the quality always very special. And not being cheap. It was not cheap."
I asked if the hunger for the products by Americans surprised the family. Without hesitating, Vittorio said, "Si, si. Yes. The passion...and seeing how many fans, it was incredible for the family."
(Credit: Patrick McMullen)
Later, as Vittorio and Octavio walked me through the resort collection, they mentioned how popular their beach and lounge wear has become. I told them that my best friend Jean and I dream of living in their caftans when we're 60+...and need to cover it all up a bit. They laughed and Vittorio even said, "Thank you." I mean who are these people???
A lovely, lovely family who has created a brand that the world loves because their love of family and craftsmanship is clear.
p.s. I finally
got these Missoni for Target goodies in the mail today. Would have been PURRfect with my black and white oufit for the NM event. Would have kept my busted bangs from ruining the picture above too. Sigh.