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Marc Jacobs and John Galliano

Photo By Steve Eichner

Practically every power player in town, acres of roses and Christian Dior's favorite caviar-spiked vichyssoise were the ingredients of the French fashion house's 60th anniversary party Monday night at its recently renovated Avenue Montaigne flagship.

Architect Peter Marino, decked out in leather gear worthy of The Village People, got a hearty welcome from the celebrity spotters gathered outside. "Eets fun to stay at ze Y.M.C.A.!" one sang.

But there was no mistaking the stars who packed into the boutique, including Sharon Stone, Juliette Binoche, Charlotte Rampling and Elton John, who promptly bought two handbags and later performed for 45 minutes.

"I don't need to buy anything; they give it to me," boasted Monica Bellucci, who was swilling Champagne with Eva Herzigova and Yasmin Le Bon as Delphine Arnault, Albert Frère and Bernadette Chirac, and French prime minister François Fillon squeezed by.

Marc Jacobs was there, too, and remained on the offensive about his late start during fashion week, disclosing that he's received letters of support from Karl Lagerfeld and Hedi Slimane. "I feel like Norma Rae," he said.

But when he and Suzy Menkes crossed paths, kisses were exchanged and all seemed to be forgiven.

That same night in New York, guests received earplugs and face masks at Yvonne Force Villareal's latest Art Production Fund event. The unlikely accessories turned out to be much needed when a slew of motorcyclists performed artist Aaron Young's "Greeting Card" (an homage to Jackson Pollock's painting of the same name) in the middle of the Park Avenue Armory. Watching from the gallery were co-hosts and the evening's sponsors Tom Ford and Tobias Meyer of Sotheby's, along with Rufus Wainwright, Sean Lennon, Chloë Sevigny, Gina Gershon and Sigourney Weaver. "I've come a long way from Springfield, Ohio," said John Legend, who arrived with his father in tow.
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