The Colony Hotel Palm Beach first opened its doors in 1947 attracting creatives and titans. In the interim, it’s done more of the same. The now iconically pink seaside tower is a pilgrimage spot for design connoisseurs and pleasure-seekers alike. Marni’s three-day pop-up at the historic hotel attracted the same kind of crowds but the party peaked when Cultured founder and editor-in-chief Sarah Harreslon and Marni’s CEO for North America Laura Dubin-Wander decided to mix shopping with happy hour dalliances for a laid-back Sunday sunset treat. The casual cocktail event co-hosted by Harrelson, Dubin-Wander and Breast Cancer Research Foundation co-chair Kinga Lambert, ended up attracting not only Palm Beach residents but familiar faces from near (Miami) and far (New York and Los Angeles).
The well-heeled throngs shopping Marni’s spring-summer collection in the warm embrace of the Colony Hotel, were dotted with art world movers-and-shakers including artist Rachel Hovnanian, mega collector Beth Rudin de Woody, Bass Museum of Art curator Silvia Cubina, power advisor Nilani Trent and Gagosian’s Sophia Cohen (who you may remember from last year’s young collector feature). Catching up on personal gossip and the recent release of the Whitney and Venice Biennial lists, the tastemaker-spiked group played dress-up with Marni accessories and looks. Perhaps like everything in the Marni cosmos, the world they’d created at the Colony Hotel was large enough to accomodate friends old and new. They were encouraged to let their imaginations run wild, and they did. Fashion in Palm Beach should not be overlooked.