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Tango in Paris

A tango in Paris (but not the last).

Tilda Swinton with Viktor Horsting left and Rolf Snoeren

Tilda Swinton with Viktor Horsting, left, and Rolf Snoeren.

Photo By Stephane Feugere

It was Tango fever last Thursday night in Paris when Cristina Owen-Jones, wife of L’Oréal ceo Lindsay Owen-Jones, hosted a benefit gala for UNESCO at the Palais de Chaillot theater.

The Tangovia Buenos Aires troupe and orchestra performed in front of a sellout crowd including Karl Lagerfeld, Betty Lagardère, Tilda Swinton, and Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren. The design duo came to town specifically for the event — it takes two to tango, after all — in part because Snoeren himself used to dance.

“I love tango,” he said. “But I haven’t danced it in 10 years.”

Lagardère was another enthusiastic fan.

“My South American roots, you know,” she mused.

Owen-Jones, who was chairing her first benefit that night, explained the gala would help Argentina’s distressed children.

“I saw so much poverty when I traveled to Buenos Aires that it became a priority for me to help these children,” she said after the show.
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