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With the presence of Tod’s Group chairman Diego Della Valle, Vivier creative director Bruno Frisoni and Frisoni’s muse Ines de la Fressange, the attention was less on the guests and more so their shoes.
“I had to accessorize my accessory tonight,” said Sally Albemarle, who chose an Yves Saint Laurent polkadot poplin blouse and miniskirt as well as a few pieces of chinoiserie to go with her $7,900 thousand-feather Vivier pumps, aptly named “la poule qui voulait être un coq.”
Barbara Wilhelm didn’t want her outfit to take away from her black stilettos, so she went with a pair of Banana Republic cropped black pants. “Tonight’s about the shoes,” Wilhelm explained. “I’m letting them do the work.”
Force, on the other hand, refused to discard her luscious pink Tuleh fur. “Get your fuzzy out of my way,” joked Rosen, her dinner partner.
Each seat at La Grenouille was set with an origami-like place card in the shape of a Vivier shoe. “I wonder how many assistants had to put those things together,” chuckled Lauren duPont. Meanwhile Kurkova, dressed in a strapless Christopher Deane frock, swept into the restaurant and proclaimed to Allison Sarofim, “It’s so cute this place. I’ve never been here before. I only come uptown for my facials and my oxygen treatments.”