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BVLGARI Opens Union Square Store

BY Damion Matthews - March 4, 2010


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A Guest Tries on a BVLGARI Necklace

BVLGARI celebrated the grand opening of its largest store in the U.S. with a magnificent in-store fete on March 2, 2010, hosted by Nicola Bulgari, Vice Chairman and grandson of founder Sotirio Bulgari, and USA Managing Director, Veronica Trenk.

As one of the most anticipated social events of the season, it was covered by media throughout the country including Women’s Wear Daily, Fashion Week Daily, Examiner.com, Haute Living, SFGate.com, SFBayStyle, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Charlotte Schultz (in Chanel) with Nicola Bulgari

Guests at the spectacular Union Square event numbered over 350, and included Mayor Gavin Newsom, Dede Wilsey, Denise Hale, Vanessa Getty, Willie Brown and Sonya Molodetskaya, Marissa Mayer and Zack Bogue, Tatiana and Serge Sorokko, Alan Malouf, Bita Daryabari, Kate Harbin, Alexis Traina, Alex Mehran Jr. and Maggie Rizer, Sloan and Roger Barnett, Cameron Silver, Maria Manetti Farrow, and OJ and Gary Shansby, JUST to name a few.

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Marissa Mayer is Assisted by a BVLGARI Representative

Grey Goose cocktails, inspired by BVLGARI’s signature fragrances, were served at the event as VIPs and guests explored the gorgeous new store, while enjoying music from The Patrick Wolff Trio and DJ Max Chipchase.

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Cameron Phleger Sparkles at the BVLGARI Counter

Barbara Brookins-Schneider, Chief Justice Ronald George, Barbara George

Barbara Brookins-Schneider, Chief Justice Ronald George, Barbara George

Mayor Gavin Newsom, Daniel Diaz

Mayor Gavin Newsom with BVLGARI’s Daniel Diaz

Jeffrey Weissman, Andrew Fisher

Jeffry Weisman, Andrew Fisher

Grey Goose

Grey Goose Vodka created special BVLGARI cocktails

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Alexis Traina and Guests

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The Two Daru’s – Daru Kawalkowski

Kay Walker, Sandy Walker, Lucy Jewett

Kay Walker, Sandy Walker, Lucy Jewett

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Damion Matthews, Betty Kay Coakley, Joel Goodrich

Unique highlights included a spectacular collection of one-of-a-kind jewels and minaudieres from BVLGARI’s Vintage Archive Collection, all of which were on-display at the brand’s 125th anniversary retrospective exhibition in Rome; the personalization of a special accessory; the assembly of the Sotiro Bulgari watch and a breathtaking diamond and sapphire parue; as well as a private screening in the VIP lounge of some of BVLGARI’s most treasured Hollywood moments.

As for fashion, the evening had several major moments: Cameron Silver in his eye-catching Alexander McQueen, Vanessa Getty in vintage (we think Halston, but didn’t catch the name), Sonya Molodetskaya in a gorgeous Oscar de la Renta, Mireille Schwartz in a new design by Karen Caldwell, Tatiana Sorokko in architectural Ralph Rucci, Elizabeth Touw and Kate Harbin in Prada, Lindsay Bolton in Marchesa, and Marissa Mayer in exquisitely embroidered Naeem Khan.

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Marissa Mayer (in Naeem Khan), with husband Zach Bogue

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Maggie Rizer (in Marc Jacobs) with Tatiana Sorokko (in Ralph Rucci)

Maggie Rizer with Alex Mehran, Jr.

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Vanessa Getty (in vintage)

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Patrick Herning with Juliet de Baubigny (in Alexander McQueen)

Mark Rhoades, Mireille Schwartz (in Karen Caldwell) with Oliver and Karen Caldwell (in Galanos)

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Gary and OJ Shansby (in Chanel… and yes, she wore it best)

Photos: Drew Altizer [drewaltizer.com]



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