A TALE OF TWO CITIES: Fans of The Webster Miami’s Laure Hériard Dubreuil and Le Bon Marché gathered in the Parisian department store Monday night to celebrate the two retailers’ tie-in on a limited edition White Collection.
The Left Bank store is devoting numerous windows to the project, with larger-than-life images of Dubreuil holding leashes made of faux pearls attached to mammoth pink flamingos. Draped over the playful birds are examples of items in the collection of designer one-offs, such as a Louis Vuitton bag or a Maison Rabih Kayrouz shirt.
Given her French roots and adopted U.S. home, does Hériard Dubreuil consider herself to be more Paris or Miami?
“Both,” she exclaimed. “That’s what’s amazing, actually — to have the combination of both.”
Hériard Dubreuil said the Bon Marché project, which launched on Jan. 10 and runs through Feb. 21, is off to a strong start. “We’ve had to place so many reorders; we already have [items] out-of-stock,” she added, sporting a colorful Louis Vuitton dress, which was symbolic.
“I started as an intern with Nicolas Ghesquière,” said Hériard Dubreuil, referring to the Vuitton artistic director. “So it’s full circle.”
She was joined by a bevy of actor friends.
Karin Viard, the César Award-winning French actress, said, “My heart is in Paris, my dream in Miami.”
Viard — currently taking a break — just finished four films, including one directed by Jean-Paul Rappenau and another by Julie Delpy. Her roles in them vary widely.
“I play a very free girl; I play a bourgeois, really, really French and very uptight, and a suffering woman with a secret,” said the actress.
Zabou Breitman had just zipped over to Bon Marché prior to going back to the Opéra Garnier, where she is directing Mozart’s “The Abduction From the Seraglio.”
Breitman recently returned to Miami for a visit, after a number of years. “I was amazed at how it had changed — in a wonderful way,” she said. “It’s so open. It’s modern, and it’s very free. Lots of things are happening. It’s changing very, very, very quickly. So it’s very fast, and I love fast. You have a chance to shine — everybody’s got a chance to shine there. Not only the sun.”
Mélanie Bernier said she has never been to Miami, but hopes to go soon to see a friend. The actress is in a film set for a May release that’s the first directed by Clovis Cornillac, and another by Rémi Bezançin coming out in November with Pierre Rochefort and Pio Marmaï.
Prior to dinner, guests perused items in the White Collection including ones created by the likes of Acne, Ami, Aurélie Bidermann, Marc Jacobs and Orlebar Brown. There was then a concert by Faada Freddy.