Dior Rolls Out the Gray Carpet...

Christian Dior celebrates its newly luxed-up Place Vendôme fine jewelry boutique with a sumptuous dinner.

Peter Marino and Marisa Berenson

Peter Marino and Marisa Berenson.

Photo By Stephane Feugere

AMAZING GRAYS: Christian Dior on Monday night rolled out a stadium-length gray carpet across Place Vendôme, leading guests from its newly luxed-up fine jewelry boutique to the grand Hôtel d’Evreux for a sumptuous dinner.

Braving the chill, rows of young men dressed in tailcoats lined the carpet holding aloft old-fashioned lanterns to light the way. “It’s like a scene from a fairy tale,” cooed Marisa Berenson, whose escort, Peter Marino, the store’s architect, had borrowed a dramatic Dior Joaillerie black crocidolite and diamond skull necklace for the occasion. “This is oh-so-definitely on loan. I had to hawk my wife and kids for this,” laughed Marino, who is already in the holiday spirit, having ordered hundreds of gingerbread houses to give away to kids.

“At my age, Christmas is more about looking after the children and taking care of all the organization. It’s a moment for getting together with the family in the country,” said Catherine Deneuve, who has just started filming “The Beloved” with her daughter Chiara Mastroianni, directed by Christophe Honoré.

Mingling with Christian Louboutin, French actress Isabelle Huppert, who is starring in a production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” in Germany, will also soon be catching some rays. The actress said she’ll next be working on a project in the Philippines. So what’s topping her Christmas wish list? “Peace,” said a grinning Huppert.

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