“Everyone keeps telling me this house is for sale,” said Sofia Richie Grainge, eyebrows raised.
It was the chitchat during cocktail hour at Loro Piana’s intimate Malibu dinner party on Tuesday, held oceanfront on the Pacific Coast Highway.
“I looked it up,” admitted a guest earlier of the listing. “It’s nearly $30 mill.”
The setting embodied the epitome of, dare we say, quiet luxury — which may be the fashion trend du jour but has always been Loro Piana’s way. Grainge is arguably the face of the new-age minimalism sweeping social media, focused on high-quality materials and favoring neutrals. Light woods, beiges, grays and browns adorned the modern home design, with wall-to-wall glass doors framing the beach view. It was a fitting pick for the Italian maker of luxurious cashmere, and its take on Los Angeles — set in luxe yet understated Malibu.
As visiting brands tend to do when in town, Loro Piana began their L.A. evening with a sound bath at sunset.
“Here, look,” said Dree Hemingway, revealing photos of her six-month-old daughter playing the chime with a mallet in hand during the practice. It had been her first sound bath. “Probably not her last,” Hemingway smiled.
The model and actress is to appear in Loro Piana’s latest campaign, with surfer-models Alika Mock and Michael February. It’s in celebration of the brand’s third Cocooning Collection, a range of leisurewear garments and accessories in natural fibers. This time, Loro Piana is introducing menswear items.
Matthieu Garnier, Loro Piana’s North America chief executive officer, was in town for the occasion. He mingled with young Hollywood, all dressed in the brand, including Felix Mallard, Gavin Casalegno, Madelaine Petsch, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Olivia Holt, Jasmine Tookes, Rainey Qualley, Larsen Thompson, Jessie Andrews and Olivia Perez. A few stylists, including Liat Baruch — who’s made headlines dressing Grainge — were among the bunch.
They sipped gin martinis by an outdoor fire on a balcony overlooking Carbon Beach, as Aidan Bissett performed on acoustic guitar. Dinner followed, the candlelit tablescape showcasing white wildflowers. Guests enjoyed wine and a menu by chef Yann Nury, with watermelon and prawns to start, cod and kumquats as a main and flourless chocolate cake for dessert. A few took home a souvenir from the night: a bottle that could be filled with sand, pebbles and shells, while setting an intention. A calligraphist was on hand to jot down the wish into the glass container.
“Are we throwing these in the ocean?” remarked a reporter.