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Peter Marino and Bethy Lagardère

Photo By Francois Goize

COMFORT ZONE: If passion fruit cachaça cocktails and Brazil’s ambassador to France weren’t enough to get the fashion flock in the carnival spirit at Paris’ Galignani bookstore, then hostess Bethy Lagardère was. “Essentially, Brazilians are very similar to French, but perhaps with a little more Samba,” the Brazilian-born social doyenne quipped at an event to fete the year of France in Brazil. Lagardère also showed off FFW Mag!, a Brazilian fashion magazine, which published a special edition called “Passion Bethy Lagardère” in her honor. “It’s a homage of sorts,” she said before being bear-hugged by Peter Marino and welcoming guests including Alber Elbaz, Pierre Cardin and Giambattista Valli. “The best thing about Brazil is the people, the freedom and the comfort,” said Elbaz, who looked comfy himself in a pair of clogs.

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