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Barneys Helps Welcome Ungaro Designer Fausto Puglisi in Hollywood

Super stylists Arianne Phillips and B. Akerlund fete Emanuel Ungaro's new designer at the Chateau Marmont -- with a little help from Gwen Stefani and Fergie.
FROM LEFT: Gwen Stefani, Fausto Puglisi and Shirley Manson
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If only the real Emanuel Ungaro could have been there: Many of Hollywood's chicest, most beautiful, and most powerful in fashion gathered at the Chateau's famed Bungalow One, mostly wearing fresh looks from Ungaro spring 2014. But instead of the original feminine floral floatiness of what became Ungaro's signature look, these leggy ladies were decked out in very short optical mod-infused black and white separates and dresses by new Ungaro designer Fausto Puglisi.

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The visiting Italian designer ducked into a corner of the bungalow to smoke -- but when he saw the likes of Heidi Klum, Fergie and Gwen Stefani arriving, he dashed over to meet them and tell them how fabulous they looked in his clothes. Shirley Manson, who often works with Akerlund (in a white and black Ungaro silk print pantsuit), struck the chord of the evening in her choice of Ungaro: short, ruffled, but architectural in stiff tulle, at the same time. Puglisi was loving every minute of it.

"This city is so magical," he sighed, starring at the twinkly lights of Hollywood on a hot pre-summer night. "And Ari and B have been incredible friends but also amazing human beings. The fact that Ari just got a Tony nomination for the costumes in Hedwig and the Angry Inch is such great timing -- we're celebrating that, too. And of course, Barneys is the best place to be."

When seated at the very long table in the Bungalow's long skinny dining room, the room took on a glow -- was it all those pop black and white looks, or the fact that this was a gathering of all A-listers? In addition to Fergie, Stefani, Klum and Manson, guests included stylist Elizabeth Stewart, fashionistas Katherine Ross, Liberty Ross and Bridget Romanek -- with a little help from supermodels Angela Lindvall and Alessandra Ambrosio. Barneys was represented by its New York fashion director Tomoko Ogura and marketing chief Charlotte Blechman -- all in the evening's black and white theme.

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