Fashion Designer Barbara Bui first West Coast Visit

 

After opening her first boutique on the West Coast back in 2011, Barbara Bui herself finally arrived on the West Coast last night. Not only did she arrive, she shut down her Beverly Hills store and mingled with some of her many fans and patrons of the Barbara Bui Collection.

The French – Vietnamese designer is known for her easy-to-wear day clothes, as well as red-carpet-worthy evening wear. As I walked up the stair case to the second level of the boutique, I found it filled with a number of guests and we were treated to Moet and catering from Crustacean Beverly Hills. Light music played over head while we mingled and perused the boutique; a few patrons couldn’t resist themselves and broke out there purses and did a little shopping. When Barbara Bui arrived the room shifted its attention to the lady of the hour. She displayed such humbleness by not making a grand speech but by greeting each person in attendance personally and thanking them for their love and support.

I spoke with a few of the guests and they were surprised to find out how personable she was and how fluently she spoke English. One guest even said “I didn’t expect her to talk to me as long as she did and truly engage in the conversation. We talked about fashion; she even gave me a few tips.” When I got the chance to speak with her personally she gave me the same attention as if I was the only person in the room at the time. We talked briefly and I think she was just a little taken aback by my knowledge of her collections. We laughed and exchanged pleasantries and then I asked the question I had been dying to ask her all night. “Barbara are you planning to give us a men’s collection?” She laughed grabbed my hand and said “maybe in the future.” I guess we’ll just have to wait to see.

By: Branden Lark

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