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“My persona speaks to the Europhile,” said luxury expert and media personality Susan Tabak at a Wednesday evening launch party for her first scent, Sortir Le Soir.
Despite the rain and warmed by a wood-burning fireplace and glasses of French wine, a grouping of New York society gathered at the private room in La Grenouille. The author of “Chic in Paris: Style Secrets and Best Addresses,” who introduced her fragrance first in Paris on July 4, celebrated her U.S. launch with the midweek soiree.
“Susan’s scent reflects her joie de vivre and a luxe feeling of life and love,” said Vanity Fair’s Amy Fine Collins.
“It’s a beautiful scent,” added composer Lucia Hwong Gordon, recently back from Moscow, where she attended the International Film Festival. “I am happy to be here to celebrate Susan.”
Guests chatted about summer vacations and fashion week and nibbled on leek tarts in the art-filled room, once the home of painter Bernard Lamotte and party destination for the likes of Greta Garbo and Charlie Chaplin. Bottles of Sortir le Soir, a gardenia-inspired white floral fragrance, blended by Françoise Caron, lined the room.
Donning an assortment of his newest pieces, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, freshly on New York soil after summering in the South of France, said he is looking forward to the Carolina Herrera and Douglas Hannant shows, but has yet to fully escape existing in “summer mode.”
Dior artist-in-residence Bil Donovan said he is particularly interested to see the Ralph Rucci show. “[Rucci’s] work is incredible,” Donovan said. “He has an eye like no one else.”
Hwong Gordon added that she was most excited to see fall collections from Dennis Basso, Zang Toi and Vivienne Tam.
Wearing her own jewelry creations — a bracelet and necklace inspired by the sea — designer Christophe de Menil said she would attend the upcoming Rodarte show and discussed her love affair with tartan fabrics for fall 2011.