Poker and Pinups...

Boucheron unveiled Marc Newson's Space Age diamond and sapphire necklace with a party that offered everything from poker to topless dancers.


POKER AND PINUPS: Boucheron unveiled Marc Newson’s Space Age diamond and sapphire necklace with a party that offered everything from poker to topless dancers at its Place Vendôme flagship Tuesday night. Downstairs, guests grooved to A’lo, the equivalent of The Spice Girls in Uzbekistan, invited by Boucheron client Gulnara Karimova, who is the daughter of Uzbekistan’s president. Azzedine Alaïa peered over the balcony to see the show but wasn’t too impressed. “They’re OK,” he shrugged.

On the floor above, those feeling lucky crowded around a poker table, while girls in suspenders carried around boxes of jewelry. “I’ll have that one and that one and that one,” joked one wannabe client.

Guests included Stefano Pilati, Peter Dundas and runway producer Alex de Betak, who said he’s gearing up for his upcoming exhibition devoted to fashion shows at Düsseldorf’s NRW-Forum, which opens later this month. “I have six hours of press interviews. Six!” he repeated.

Later, Colette’s crowd took over Chez Régine, where chanteuse Arielle Dombasle demonstrated her opera training during a brief performance while hubby Bernard-Henri Lévy looked on. “Long ago, before Homo sapiens, there were Neanderthals, and we still are,” she bellowed by way of introduction.

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