Padma Lakshmi hosts jewelry and Jimmy Choo shoe event at Mitchell's
Updated 2:36 pm, Friday, April 1, 2011
Local jewelry lovers and shoe fiends flocked to Mitchell's in Westport Thursday night to socialize with TV host, model and jewelry designer Padma Lakshmi. Lakshmi paired with the Jimmy Choo shoe team to show off her new jewelry line and the Jimmy Choo Fall 2011 collection.
The event served a noble purpose as well; a portion of the night's jewelry sales were donated to the Endometriosis Foundation of America, a non-profit organization founded by Lakshmi which raises awareness of the reproductive disorder. Lakshmi started the foundation with gynecological surgeon Tamer Seckin in 2009.
Different jewelry collections were spread out across three glossy tables as women had the chance to try on, discuss and purchase items. Pieces included bib necklaces, chandelier earrings and snake bracelets, which were a big hit with the crowd.
"I love the snake necklace," Meghan Prior, of Westport, said. She and her mother know Lakshmi through mutual friends and they were happy to attend the even and purchase some jewelry. "It's fun mommy-daughter time."
Darlene Kremz of Westport walked around the store showing off her favorite pieces, some drop earrings and a necklace. She said she attended the event for fun and to meet Lakshmi.
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"I've seen her on TV; she's very special," she said. "I wish her luck [with her jewelry line]."
Mitchell's often hosts events like there where fans can meet the very people who design the clothes or accessories they wear.
"It's fun for us to have a designer and celebrity at the same time," General Manager Scott Mitchell said, referring to Lakshmi being a designer who's also well-known on TV. "And all women love shoes and jewelry."
One of the most extravagant pieces on display was a long sparkly bib necklace that Lakshmi tried on herself. She explained the versatility of the necklace -- it was glamorous enough to stand on its own and go with anything.
"You can wear it with a T-shirt, or with an evening gown," she said.
Lakshmi finds inspiration for her jewelry wherever she goes.
"It comes from everywhere," she said. "It comes from nature, landscapes. The fall line comes from an exhibit at the Met. Spring's was based on 1970s Cher."
While much of the crowd focused on Lakshmi and her jewelry line, there were still many Jimmy Choo enthusiasts who were more than happy to sit down and try on heels from the Fall line.
Mother and daughter Sydney and Audrey Dinkeloo sat in the chairs and tried on strappy stilettos and suede boots. They chattered happily as Mitchell's sales associates helped them decide which ones to pick.
Bringing together a celebrity, jewelry, shoes, hors de oeuvres and champagne can almost always guarantee a good time.
"It's great jewelry and I'm a fan of Mitchells," said Sheila Gates. "It's also great to get out of the house!"