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Azzedine Alaia was practically speechless in Paris on Tuesday night, agog after viewing the Art Deco furniture on display at Vallois.

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SITTING PRETTY: Azzedine Alaïa was practically speechless in Paris on Tuesday night, agog after viewing the Art Deco furniture on display at Vallois as the Biennale des Antiquaires kicked off with a gala under the Grand Palais’ soaring dome. “Quelle beauté,” he sighed.

John Galliano, meanwhile, caused blood pressures to rise when he got a little too close to an earthenware figurine from the Tang dynasty at the Galerie Christian Deydier stand. “They were taking a picture and I leaned on that [plinth] and everyone was like, ‘Ahhh!’” the couturier related as he was tugged toward the table of honor, around which sat Bernard and Helene Arnault, Maryvonne Pinault, Rachida Dati and Bernadette Chirac.

Fashion folk were clogged at the stands for fine jewelry, some to catch a glimpse of Monica Bellucci at Cartier. When a reporter started asking Anna Mouglalis about her new short haircut, Chanel’s public relations team went into overdrive, diverting attention a few inches below: a necklace blinking with more than 2,000 diamonds, priced at 1.8 million euros, or about $2.5 million.

Elsewhere at the sprawling party, Louis Vuitton’s costume jewelry designer Camille Miceli revealed she’s about to wear two new hats: DJ and actress. She’s agreed to spin for her friend Cyril Karaoglan’s birthday party Sept. 27 — “I’m really nervous,” she shrieked — and to play an air hostess in the directorial debut of writer Amanda Sthers. It starts filming in October.
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