"I think people are getting tired of celebrating my birthday -- this is the third night of it," he said.
Among the cigar-smoking girls and free-flowing champagne was Eleanor de Rohan-Chabot, Harumi Klossowski de Rola, Yvan de la Fressange and Balenciaga designer Josephus Thimister, who was chattering about his big move.
"I'm going to the banlieue," laughed Thimister. For him, "the suburbs" are the chichi 7th arrondissement. A few nights later, Marisa Berenson was talking about a big move of her own -- she's been nominated as ambassador of good will by UNESCO, and some 200 friends gathered at the chic Indian restaurant Vishnou to celebrate.
Berenson was already geared up for UNESCO projects.
"I really believe in their main causes: world peace, human tolerance and eliminating illiteracy," she said.
Berenson's first good deed was to found a committee for handicapped artists, and she's going to the Cannes Film Festival as part of a project to preserve old films. "Films are our history, it's important to save them," she said.
Hermine de Clermont-Tonnerre came with her friend Jean-Philippe Couzy and a Scotty puppy. "He's six months old and he's already been to Queen's, Les Bains, Le Palace and Castel," she boasted, while trying to get into the kitchen. "I can't believe they won't let me into the kitchen. I launched this restaurant. I have shares in it," she grumbled, before finally elbowing her way in.