FEET FIRST: Charlotte Olympia charmed her dinner guests from the moment they arrived at Caviar Kaspia in Paris on Saturday night.
In lieu of traditional place cards, she used miniature shoes with insoles embossed with their names, including Mario Testino, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Giambattista Valli, Margherita Missoni, Elena Perminova, Sam Rollinson, Roland Mouret and Joan Burstein.
It was a cheeky way to present her fall collection, showing smaller versions of her current line (like the ones often seen in her bridal sample collection).
Wearing a white dress by Alessandra Rich, Olympia led a game of trivia between the baked potato with caviar and dessert. Naturally, a shoe theme predominated, and cheating was firmly discouraged.
Questions included: “How long does it take to make a wedge sandal?” “How high is the Eiffel Tower?” “Does Olympia set her hair more than four times a week?” To those who answered more than four to the latter query, Olympia retorted: “God no. I’ve better things to do with my time.”
Simone Marchetti of La Repubblica got the most right answers, although Ramdane Touhami of Buly 1803 took him to task absurdly suggesting: “They actually cut the Tour Eiffel, so now it is shorter than 324 meters!”
The prize was a bag shaped like a tequila bottle.