SWINGING SAINT-HONORÉ: Roger Vivier’s parties are a regular fixture on the fashion schedule, drawing “Le Tout-Paris” to the second floor of the label’s Faubourg Saint-Honoré flagship.
On Tuesday evening, Farida Khelfa, Vanessa Seward and husband Bertrand Burgalat mingled in the packed venue at the cocktail party, which celebrated Parisian “It” girl Jeanne Damas’ collaboration with the label for fall against a backdrop of sounds mixed by DJs Adrien and Anthony Maselli.
Damas admitted that she has seen a lot more exposure as a result of the partnership. “When you work with brands like Roger Vivier, things take on a new dimension,” she said.
Damas is turning her hand to design — she will debut her own ready-to-wear collection in March, selling online only.
“It will be my style, very Parisian with a touch of vintage, lots of velvet,” revealed Damas, who has done a couple of capsule ranges before.
Damas takes her style references from the Sixties, she said, and as a result finds much appeal in Roger Vivier’s collection. “I love the ballet pumps with a little heel that are very Sixties,” she said.
“I adore the two Miss Viv bags in suede,” she added, caressing the patchwork version that accompanied her for the event.
Also known for her Sixties inspirations, Seward breathed a sigh of relief that she was finally able to relax after her second runway showing earlier in the day, although she was in for a busy evening given the number of guests keen to congratulate her on the collection.
Among them was Khelfa, who enthused about the designer’s style. “It’s really fresh and really cool for a woman today,” she said.
Khelfa — wearing Schiaparelli, what else — is in the research phase for a new non-fiction film, she said. “It’s a long story,” was all the former model, muse and documentary maker would reveal about the subject matter.
Burgalat, meanwhile, said he was due to hit the studio Wednesday to record the soundtrack for Pascal Bonitzer’s next movie, and will also play a cameo role in a film by Julie Delpy.
He is adding another string to his bow too: A diabetic of more than 40 years, Burgalat has written an essay on the subject, to be published on Oct. 14.