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Fashion and film stars converged for the Sidaction AIDS benefit gala that capped off Paris couture week on Thursday night. Mélanie Thierry, Diane Kruger, Emmanuelle Béart and Pio Marmaï joined the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, Phoebe Philo, Peter Dundas, Martine Sitbon and Kris Van Assche at the Pavillon d’Armenonville dining room in the Bois de Boulogne, where everyone on hand seemed to have a pet project to discuss.
Sylvie Testud, who wore Chanel, said she just started directing her first feature film, “La vie d’une autre,” starring Juliette Binoche and Mathieu Kassovitz. “I wrote it,” she said. “It’s over exciting.” Judith Godrèche, in Pucci and sporting a new short haircut, said she was also trying to write a script, but her days are not long enough.
“Between work and my children, I have very little time left,” she sighed.
At the Louis Vuitton table, Angela Lindvall rocked a zebra-print jumpsuit and matching embroidered cape that reflected her love of nature. The model has designed her second collection for Bali-based jewelry brand John Hardy, due to go on sale in September. “That was all inspired by insects, because we give 10 percent of the money to charity and I’m really into farming and antipesticides,” she explained.
Gliding by with gifts he’d won in the Sidaction raffle, model Andrej Pejic gushed about his moment playing the bride at the Jean Paul Gaultier couture show the day before. “It was a dream come true,” said Pejic. So what’s in the bag? “A Goyard travel bag — it’s big, it’s red, it’s good,” he said, before sashaying off. Rick Genest, aka Zombie Boy, had donned a tux for the occasion and said he might stage a sideshow performance in New York. “It’s been pretty wild,” the thoroughly tattooed Genest said of his time hanging out with the fashion crowd in Paris, in his new role as muse to Thierry Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti.
Yet for the bevy of outside activity being discussed, all eyes were on Catherine Deneuve as she swept in wearing a black fur stole to take her seat at the table of honor with Sidaction president Pierre Bergé.
“My heart went like that: chickity-chick, chickity-chick,” gushed actor Niels Schneider, patting his heart as he gazed at Deneuve from the neighboring Dior Homme table.