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BLACK BOOK: “Now, that’s the ultimate little black dress,” Didier Ludot declared Wednesday night as he gestured toward a rare fall-winter 1956 bustier dress by Givenchy that was edged with bows. It was among some 85 LBDs the vintage specialist pulled his from private collection and displayed at Palais Royal to mark the 10th anniversary of his store store, La Petite Robe Noire.


Ludot was joined by the likes of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Bruno Frisoni and Claude Montana, who is collaborating on a coffee table book, called “Montana,” which is expected to be released next spring by Editions Ramsay. “I have only Alaia in my wardrobe – it’s a little boring,” laughed Victoire de Castellane, who later trotted off to the nearby Galerie Vero-Dodat to peruse Olympia Le-Tan’s new line of minaudieres embroidered with classic book covers.


Alexis Mabille, Charlotte Stockdale, Marc Newson, André and a beret-sporting Lily Cole were among a throng of hipsters who cooed over the collection before spilling out for drinks at the nearby Café de L’Epoque. Le-Tan said she’d received an order from Spike Jonze for the collection’s “Catcher in the Rye” bag. “He proposed making a video about my bags in exchange,” she trilled.

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