Why Was Cafe Gitane the Place to Be Last Night? Two Words: Gaia Repossi

The Repossi jewelry collection has been a longtime fashion favorite here at Barneys New York. Founded in 1920, the family-owned company is now in the more-than-capable hands of Gaia Repossi, who has injected it with a fresh aesthetic while maintaining its legacy of luxury.

Gaia’s designs often feature tribal motifs and innovative silhouettes that betray her knowledge of (and impressive degrees in) fine arts, archeology and anthropology. This unique blend of the traditional and the modern makes for some seriously eye-catching pieces. We guarantee you’ve seen her designs on it girls everywhere from Morocco to Milan to Manhattan (especially those distinctive, finger-enveloping rings). So we thought it was about time we planned a soiree to celebrate this line we love.

Last night, in the vibrant setting of Cafe Gitane in The Jane Hotel, Barneys hosted a dinner to fete the jewelry designer and her collection.

Co-host Vanessa Traina brushed elbows with well-dressed guests including Alexander Wang, Rachel Chandler GuinnessDree Hemingway, Max Snow, Jeremy Everett and our very own Mark Lee, Daniella Vitale and Simon Doonan. There’s no doubt that there was more sheer creativity buzzing around Cafe Gitane last night than anywhere else in the city. Invariably, every last one of Gaia’s friends and admirers is insanely, infectiously fun.

Wish you could have been one of lucky guests? Relive the action by perusing our gallery below.

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