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LIFE IS A CABARET: Bringing a taste of Nineties Los Angeles hot spot Les Deux Cafés to Paris for one night, Michèle Lamy and Rick Owens entertained more than 200 guests Friday with their Ain’t No Use Jiving bash at the underground Paris bistro Chez Françoise. Lamy figured among the night’s acts, reading snippets of poetry by Langston Hughes over live jazz to a boisterous crowd that included Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Peter Dundas, Alexis Mabille, Kris Van Assche and Konstantin Kakanias. Lamy compared her style with the late Eartha Kitt. “I wouldn’t call it singing, exactly,” she purred, flashing her gold-plated teeth.
“I leave the singing to Michèle,” commented Owens, who looked on as a tattooed magician performed tricks assisted by a woman clutching a chicken.
Fellow onlooker, Dior Homme’s Van Assche, revealed a hobby of a less rock ’n’ roll kind: gardening. “It’s limited to my Paris balcony, of course,” he laughed, as a circus of oddball characters, including one prehistoric-looking, fur-clad gentleman, circled the room.
“She’s completely undressed,” gasped Dundas as creature of the night Christine Steinitz sashayed past guests flashing her breasts, dressed in a loose halterneck frock. Prior to the dinner, the likes of Leonor Scherrer explored a womblike installation by Lamy’s daughter, Scarlett Rouge, inside Owens’ colossal town house-atelier, located in Paris’ bourgeois 7th arrondissement.