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Sidaction Gala Draws Fashion Pack

Charity event for AIDS research capped off couture week.

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Leelee Sobieski Dior

Leelee Sobieski in Dior.

Photo By Stéphane Feugère

Pierre Bergé and Catherine Deneuve

Despite a packed week of men’s wear and couture shows in Paris, guests at the annual Sidaction charity gala were brimming with new projects.

Catherine Deneuve, Olga Kurylenko, Livia Firth, Jean Paul Gaultier, Zuhair Murad, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Yves Carcelle, Ellen von Unwerth, Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, Leelee Sobieski, Isabel Marant, Chantal Thomass, Élodie Bouchez, Nathalie Rykiel and Blanca Li were among the guests at the event, held at the Pavillon d’Armenonville in the Bois de Boulogne.

Mélanie Laurent, dressed in a sleek black Maxime Simoens dress, said she had just begun editing on her second feature film, “Respire,” due out in October. “It’s a passionate, dangerous and spellbinding story about two 18-year-old girls the year they graduate from high school,” she teased.

Chloë Sevigny, flanked by Kenzo creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, said she would play a homicide detective in the upcoming A&E show “Those Who Kill,” based on a popular Danish crime-series format.

British singer Tom Burke revealed his band Citizens! is working on its second album, due for release later this year. “It’s going to be an album for the ladies. You know, love songs from the heart,” he said with a hint of irony.

Dita Von Teese, fresh off her catwalk appearance at Jean Paul Gaultier, said she was preparing to launch her Von Follies lingerie range with a major U.S. retailer this spring. Rising designer Serkan Cura, who was losing his voice after too many sleepless nights in the studio, is tackling another mammoth task: crafting his first jewelry line from hundreds of tiny hummingbird feathers.

Virginie Courtin-Clarins introduced the very first Thierry Mugler dress by its new creative director, David Koma, who escorted her into the party and explained the finer details of a sculptural black column that melded leather, jersey and cord.

“I’m a samurai,” she roared. Photographers hollered “Claire! Claire!” when the towering blonde arrived, as she’s frequently confused with her skyscraper sister, who also attended, dressed by Louis Vuitton. “I’m used to it,” she shrugged.

Amira Casar went for head-to-toe Chanel straight off the Dallas runway. She plays studio head Anne-Marie Muñoz in the forthcoming Bertrand Bonello film “Saint Laurent” opposite Gaspard Ulliel, and she just wrapped a German movie by “Good Bye Lenin!” director Wolfgang Becker called “Me and Kaminksy,” opposite Daniel Brühl.

“It’s like a satire about the art world,” she said. Her character? “I’m a bit of a witch,” she squealed.

Aïssa Maïga was poured into a chic little black dress by Giorgio Armani, way dressier than the costumes for her latest film, “Prêt à tout,” a rom-com that just opened in French theaters. “I play a factory worker,” she explained.