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Grand Opening

| April 8, 2013 | Parties National

Fans of Barbara Bui’s chic, sophisticated fashions toasted the debut of the Paris-based designer’s new South Coast Plaza boutique—its third U.S. shop to date. And the opening came just in time for fashionistas like Julia Post, Irene Martino and Elizabeth An to snap up the latest styles. Of course, a celebration such as this wouldn’t be the same without Champagne (Mo√ęt & Chandon, as a matter of fact) and nibbles from the place where the well-heeled dine (AnQi, naturally). The event drew some 165 Bui aficionados, as well as the design house’s CEO and Chairman William Halimi, who traveled from Paris to attend. And because good times are best when shared by friends, the evening of shopping raised about $9,000 for Laguna Beach-based Friendship Shelter—another cause for celebration. Photography by Ann Chatillon


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