With the fashion crowd heading to Castel for a dinner hosted by Purple and Vionnet, things were always going to be wild — starting with the phallic-designed carpet.
“I just noticed the carpet,” laughed Erin O’Connor. “I was just saying, ‘What a lovely carpet!’ It’s very Parisian, I feel. Pourquoi pas?”
The model — not long back from maternity leave — will be making a Paris runway turn next week, but remained mum on details.
Guests spilled over every floor of the club, where cohost Goga Ashkenazi, Vionnet’s creative director, revealed she’s looking forward to opening the brand’s first Paris store on Rue François 1er in September — with openings elsewhere in Europe and Asia after that.
On the ground floor, Paris’ “It” girl du jour, Jeanne Damas, disclosed she’s just signed an ambassador contract with Gucci for France starting at the Cannes Film Festival.
“I’m like a friend of the house; it’s not campaigns,” she said. Next up for Damas is a move to London. “My apartment burned down, so while the work’s going on, I’m heading to Shoreditch,” she said.
Across the hallway, actress Paz de la Huerta showed off images of her lesser-known talent, painting white tigers, and said she’ll next be shooting the final scene of her very personal film, which will include her remarkable recovery after being hit by a stunt driver in 2011. “I feel like things happen to people and if you survive them, you become greater for them,” said the actress and current face of the Vivienne Westwood campaign, who hinted the Westwood collaboration is likely to continue. “We’re like family.”
On another personal note, Cécile Cassel revealed a close connection to Castel. “If Castel didn’t exist, I wouldn’t exist, because my parents met here, married here and celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary here. It’s true,” declared the singer ahead of her album’s promotional tour in Europe and Asia.
Chatting with Gaspar Noé, model-actress Eva Doll was on a roll, having wrapped two films. She has starred again in the next Chantal Thomass campaign and was jetting off to Dubai the following morning for a Cartier shoot. “Diamonds look better in the sun,” she quipped.
Striding upstairs in platform Louboutins, Arielle Dombasle revealed a new career turn — directing her first opera, Verdi’s “La Traviata,” with 170 performers at France’s “most beautiful” castles this summer. “I feel proud. I’m so into the music, it makes me cry. Violetta is such an exciting creature. All women adore Violetta,” she said, adding that costumes will be designed by Vincent Darré.
Meanwhile, giving a Castel tour to his wife, Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea, was Alex de Betak, who will head to Shanghai post-fashion week to open an apartment-club with André Saraiva, complete with typically Chinese karaoke booths. “It’s going to be a party apartment,” he said.