“It was like two little girls coming up with a tea party.” In the most charming understatement of Paris Fashion Week, that’s how Blake Lively explained the climax of a dinner Saturday night at Chanel’s couture salon: a four-song set by Florence Welch, front woman of Florence and the Machine, whose voice soared over a live harp player.
The event was to honor Lively as Chanel’s latest handbag ambassador, and it was a tea party of the chicest and most luxurious order: a three-course feast prepared by two-star Michelin chef Jean-François Piege; a breathtaking pink rose décor; and a picture-perfect crowd of models, socialites and up-and-coming actresses. As Welch belted out her encore, Lively popped up from her seat to snap photos with her smart phone, rubbing Karl Lagerfeld’s back as they stood side-by-side clapping in front of the redheaded songstress.
During the cocktail hour, all eyes went down when in the vicinity of Christian Louboutin, shod in the showiest patent evening loafers imaginable, embellished with two ornate pearl tassels – embroidered by the House of Lesage no less. They’re from his new men’s line, and named after his pop-star friend Mika and Indian splendor. “Mika-raja,” he exclaimed, also disclosing plans to open his first men’s shoe boutique in Paris in June, next door to his women’s flagship on Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Actress and singer Joana Preiss said she just finished a movie by gonzo filmmaker Hervé-Pierre Gustave, better known as HPG and for his background in porn. Preiss described her character as “a woman in love with another woman and she’s ready to do anything to help this woman have a baby. It’s interesting.”
Anna Mouglalis, meanwhile, said her comedy “Chez Gino” finally arrives in theaters later this month. The actress marveled that her daughter, Saul, is already four – but still too young to wear Chanel.