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Battle of the Store Openings: Bottega Veneta vs. Aquazzura

A side by side comparison of which fashion brand threw a better party to celebrate their new stores.


An old brand and a young brand celebrated store openings on opposite coasts on Thursday night. Bottega Veneta, the 50-year-old fashion house helmed by Tomas Maier opened its second maison in Beverly Hills, while the five-year-old shoe company with a cult following, Aquazzura, celebrated its first brick in mortar in New York. Following cocktail events at each shop, the designers both invited a smaller crew to iconic hotels in each city for dinner and dancing. Here, a side by side comparison of the two events.

The Designers Bottega Veneta: Tomas Maier, who has been the brand’s creative director since 2001. Aquazzura: Edgardo Osorio, who launched Aquazzura in 2011.

Location, Location, Location Bottega Veneta: The brand’s second maison touched down on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA. Aquazzura: For his first store, Osorio selected Madison Avenue in Manhattan, NYC.

Dinner for two (or more) Bottega Veneta: 85 guests dined at the Tower Bar in the Sunset Tower Hotel. Aquzzura: 100 people were invited to dinner at a suite inside The Carlyle Hotel.

The Tribes Bottega Veneta: Hollywood stars from the big and small screens. Aquazzura: New York society types.

The A-List Bottega Veneta: Maggie Gyllenhaal, January Jones, Selma Blair, Minnie Driver, Liz Goldwyn. Aquazzura: Peter Dundas, Lauren Santo Domingo, Anna Ewers, Linda Fargo, Brandon Maxwell.

The Royals Bottega Veneta: Gillian Jacobs and Odeya Rush, current princesses of Hollywood. Aquazzura: H.R.H Princess Beatrice of York, H.R.H Princess Olympia of Greece.

Double Trouble Bottega Veneta: Screenwriter Mitch Glazer and his wife, actress Kelly Lynch. Aquazzura: Siblings Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild.

The Goody Bag Bottega Veneta: Instagram-worthy views. Aquazzura: Signature Aquazurra stationary.

And for Dessert Bottega Veneta: Family-style sundaes. Aquazzura: Creme brûlée.

Photos: Battle of the Store Openings: Bottega Veneta vs. Aquazzura

Edgardo Osorio, Lauren Santo Domingo at Aquazzura. Photo by BFA.

Odeya Rush and Maggie Gyllenhaal at Bottega Veneta. Photo courtesy of Bottega Veneta.

Maryna Linchuk at Aquazzura. Photo by BFA.

Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton Rothschild at Aquazzura. Photo by BFA.

Allison Brie at Bottega Veneta. Photo courtesy of Bottega Veneta.

Maria Baibakova, Nasiba Adilova at Aquazzura. Photo by BFA.

Lauren Remington Platt at Aquazzura. Photo by BFA.

Liz Goldwyn at Bottega Veneta. Photo courtesy of Bottega Veneta.

Minnie Driver at Bottega Veneta. Photo courtesy of Bottega Veneta.

Camilla Belle at Bottega Veneta. Photo courtesy of Bottega Veneta.

Teresa Palmer at Bottega Veneta. Photo courtesy of Bottega Veneta.

Selma Blair at Bottega Veneta. Photo courtesy of Bottega Veneta.

Kate Beckinsale at Bottega Veneta. Photo courtesy of Bottega Veneta.

Gillian Jacobs at Bottega Veneta. Photo courtesy of Bottega Veneta.

Anna Ewers, Ryan Korban, Kasia Struss at Aquazzura. Photo by BFA.

The scene at Aquazzura. Photo by BFA.

Anya Ziourova at Aquazzura. Photo by BFA.

Princess Olympia of Greece, Peter Brant Jr. at Aquazzura. Photo by BFA.

Princess Beatrice of York, Edgardo Osorio, Lauren Santo Domingo, Linda Fargo at Aquazzura. Photo by BFA.

Leandra Medine at Aquazzura. Photo by BFA.

Isabel Lucas at Bottega Veneta. Photo courtesy of Bottega Veneta.

Claire Distenfeld at Aquazzura. Photo by BFA.

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