ITALIAN CONNECTION: Tod’s brought a slice of Italy to Paris on Sunday night, unveiling the Tod’s Signature Collection at the Italian embassy. The site’s grand facade was lit with projections of the French and Italian flags, as well as the diamond-and-circles motif of the new luxury handbag line, which was showcased in glass podiums in the site’s salons. The house had also commissioned a selection of textured 3D paintings by Italian artist Marcello Jori for the occasion, based on monuments of the world — including the Eiffel Tower, bien sur.
“Welcome to Italy,” said host Tod’s SpA chairman and chief executive officer Diego Della Valle, as he welcomed guests including Caroline Seiber, Lee Radziwill, Tatiana Santo Domingo, Charlotte Casiraghi, Jessica Stam and Jade Jagger.
Mingling in the garden, actress Olivia Wilde, who had poured herself into a vintage Oscar de la Renta creation, said she has just written and directed her first short film called “Free Hugs,” which will be screened as part of the Glamour-sponsored Reel Moments film festival in the fall. “It’s a comedy and a little bit like “Bridesmaids,”” said Wilde. The actress will soon be promoting sci-fi film “The Longest Week,” also starring Justin Timberlake.
Model Jessica Stam, in sparkling Balmain jacket, had jetted in from Mexico City after shooting for Mercedez Benz. “I love Paris and I am doing the Vuitton show,” she enthused. The model revealed she has plans to design a women’s wear collection, but remained mum on the details. “I have been modeling for 10 years and it’s incredible what I have learnt from designers and stylists,” she said.
André Saraiva, the graffiti artist and nightclub entrepreneur, who was wearing a leather jacket he’s just designed for Kitsuné, said he’s excited about the opening of the London branch of his Le Baron nightclub next month at the Embassy, located in the city’s Old Burlington Street. “I’ve always wanted to do something there, but could never find the right place — and now I have,” he said.