Most Recent Articles In Parties
Latest Parties Articles
- New Yorkers Outnumber Brits at BAFTA Cocktail
- David Remnick Talks Surprise Patti Smith Performance at New Yorker Festival Party
- Teen Vogue Parties With Young Hollywood
More Articles By
Stylish gents including Karl Lagerfeld, Pio Marmaï, Fred Testot and Christian Louboutin helped Berluti christen its largest store in the world last week in Paris.
Guests ranging from motor-sport executive Jean Todt to design guru Philippe Starck toured the two-story boutique at 14 Rue de Sèvres and then repaired to La Cigale Récamier, a cozy restaurant across the square famed for its soufflés, where Berluti honcho Antoine Arnault and creative director Alessandro Sartori hosted a dinner.
This story first appeared in the December 2, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Marmaï is in the midst of shooting a comedy titled “Coming In,” an unusual love triangle involving a gay male couple and a woman who turns their world topsy-turvy. The French actor is dreading a particular scene to be shot in northern Sweden in the coming weeks.
“I have to jump into ice-cold water — naked,” he said, teeth almost juddering at the thought. “They told me I should train for it by taking cold showers, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to do it.”
A Left Bank resident, Testot said the two-story Berluti store — dressed in chocolate leather and cozy parquet — completed what he dubbed a “magic square” whose other three tenants are Hermès, the Hotel Lutetia and swanky department store Le Bon Marché.
“Café Flore — I was practically born in there,” mused furniture designer Vincent Darré, rattling off some of his other favorite addresses in the area.
A battalion of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton executives also checked out the sprawling boutique, whose unusual features include a patina bar, where clients can bring their Berluti shoes for repairs or a serious polish.