Narciso Rodriguez's Shoe Lauch With Jessica Alba at Barneys

Perfect Pairs: Narciso Rodriguez and Jessica Alba Fete the Designer's Debut Shoe Collection

Narciso Rodriguez's Shoe Lauch With Jessica Alba at Barneys

What better way to celebrate the arrival of one's first shoe collection than with an intimate luncheon at Fred's? On Thursday afternoon, a host of fashionable pals — including Jessica Alba — joined designer Narciso Rodriguez to do just that.

"We've known each other for years," Alba told Fashionologie as she and Rodriguez mingled with guests Mark Holgate, Sally Singer, Candy Pratts Price, Simon Doonan, and Alessandra Codinha. "It was very sweet," Rodriguez mused about their first meeting eight years ago. "We have a good mutual friend who brought Jessica to my office."

And just like any old friends would, the duo chatted jovially throughout the three-course lunch, which consisted of chilled mint and pea soup, lobster salad and fries, and a trio of gelato. Afterward, the entire party headed downstairs to ogle the designer's entire display on Barneys' newly renovated shoe floor. "When I saw the collection at the studio a couple of months ago, I definitely tried these on," Alba said, gesturing to a pair of green-and-black pumps. "They weren't even in my size, but I was walking around in them. They're comfortable, they're super, super sexy, and they're modern. They're everything.

"You know, I think that's the thing about his clothes, too," the actress said. "They're for a very strong woman, a very sexy woman, a very powerful woman. And I think everyone wants to feel that way."

For a closer look at the event — and the shoes — click through the slideshow.

Source: BFA