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Vanessa Bruno celebrates 1 year in L.A with stylish celeb fans

November 11, 2011 |  8:00 am

Molly Sims, from left, Rachel Bilson, Kate Bosworth, Mena Suvari and Vanessa Bruno
Paris-based designer Vanessa Bruno hosted a group of chic style setters and celebrities on Wednesday night to celebrate the one-year anniversary of her L.A boutique (her only U.S store). Held in an airy canopied space at Lucques (which is right next door to Bruno’s  locale on Melrose Avenue near La Cienega) the platinum-haired designer was thrilled to be on the West Coast checking in on the store as well as catching up with her muse and face of the fall/winter 2011 collection, Kate Bosworth.

Bosworth, who was dressed in a '60s-style white and silver shift dress (she also had her hair back-combed a bit on top, to complete the go go girl-esque look), said she has been a big fan of Bruno’s collection since discovering the line while in Paris 6 years ago.

“I’ve always loved the line. It’s classic and effortless with great pieces that you can pass onto your kids because they’re timeless.”

As the face of Bruno’s fall/winter collection, Bosworth starred in a short film that was shot against the beautiful backdrop of a lake in Slovenia. In the film, she looks angelic as usual and is robed in Bruno’s clothes. But the premise isn’t soft, floaty or overtly fashion-y. Bosworth busts out some action star-worthy flips and is placed at the top of a very tall evergreen –- all stunts she performed herself. “This cherry picker placed me at the top of this tall tree. They were going to put a harness on me, but I was like ‘you can’t put a harness over these gorgeous clothes!’”

Other die-hard fashion fans that came to support Bruno included Molly Sims, Mena Suvari and Rachel Bilson — all clad in the designer’s light and romantic layers. The boho-chic aspect of Bruno’s line may be inspired by L.A’s 1960s colorful canyon scene, which has inspired a luxe hippie look that many designers continue to mine in their current day collections.

“I am definitely inspired by the feeling of community from the late '60s in L.A,” Bruno said. “It’s the artists and the musicians — not any one person; but it’s a spirit that exists here.”

-- Melissa Magsaysay

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Photo: Molly Sims, from left, Rachel Bilson, Kate Bosworth, Mena Suvari and Vanessa Bruno. Credit: Donato Sardella.

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