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A Designer Dinner to Close Paris Fashion Week

Designers turned out in force for the meal hosted by French culture minister Frédéric Mitterand.

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Alber Elbaz and Haider Ackermann

Alber Elbaz and Haider Ackermann

Photo By Dominique Maitre

CULTURE CLUB: Work or play? At a dinner Wednesday night marking the close of Paris Fashion Week hosted by French culture minister Frédéric Mitterand, designers were destined for one of those pursuits. “Rest,” Yohji Yamamoto sighed, enjoying a cigarette on the balcony overlooking Palais-Royal’s picturesque gardens. He said he has another relaxing Paris pastime: painting. But no landscapes for him. “Just women,” he grinned.

Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz also had leisure in mind, and quizzed other party guests for spa recommendations. “I’m going to Scotland to disappear in the nature,” Haider Ackermann said.

Jean Paul Gaultier said he already started work on his next collection, but would take a side trip to Brazil with his buddy Farida Khelfa, who is presenting her documentary about Gaultier at a festival in Rio.

Azzedine Alaïa disclosed he’s gearing up for a retrospective exhibition opening Dec. 11 at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands. It will be curated by Mark Wilson and showcase Alaïa’s fashions since the turn of the millennium.

Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, Giambattista Valli and Christophe Lemaire were among guests mingling with fashion executives like Sidney Toledano, Bruno Pavlovsky and Pierre Bergé. The dinner was to belatedly celebrate the 2011 winner of the ANDAM Fashion Award, Anthony Vaccarello, who dressed Lou Doillon in a skimpy black dress with straps on the back arranged into peace-sign formation.