Pucci Celebrates 60 Years

A brunch for the elite re-created an Italian palazzo to pay homage to legendary designer Emilio Pucci.

By Brittany Peitsmeyer December 14, 2007, 2:48 PM EST

Karla Conceptual Event Experiences created a foliage-lined entrance leading into the tent.

Patrick McMullan

To honor the late Emilio Pucci, a designer known for his whimsical designs, and his 60 years of work, his daughter Laudomia Pucci, renowned visual artist Gerard Cholot, and designer Matthew Williamson hosted an uber-exclusive brunch on December 6 during Art Basel. Cholot took over the private ballroom of Norma and Luis Quintero's waterfront estate to re-create his May 2007 transformation of Palazzo Pucci's courtyard in Italy. Channeling the joy of childhood and the importance of movement in Pucci designs, he hung the designer's garments from oversize balloons draped in signature Pucci fabric.

Outside in the courtyard, guests enjoyed brunch, courtesy of Thierry's Catering, under a sheer white draped tent designed by Karla Conceptual Event Experiences. Inside the tent, Karla's team created a whimsical setting with many elements inspired by Pucci's designs, including the chair coverings and table settings. For brunch, Thierry's served favorites like eggs Benedict and assorted ceviches to the Pucci-clad guests.

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