Party On

The Cannes party code.

As the owner of Paris’ Man Ray, Thierry Klemeniuk knows a thing or two about giving a good party. And since 1989, he’s brought his own brand of after-hours fun to Cannes, hosting ultra-private soirees in a waterfront villa known as — surprise, surprise — the Man Ray Villa, a.k.a. “Villa Saf Saf,” which looks like a mini Hotel du Cap.

Over the years, the biggest stars in Cannes — Jack Nicholson, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, among them — have found their way up the hill to Klemeniuk’s parties, which don’t even start until midnight, lingering until the wee hours.

This story first appeared in the May 22, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Here, Klemeniuk’s own Cannes Code:

Worst party faux pas: “Getting too drunk and throwing up.

This rarely happens at my villa, but when it does, I have people driven home.”

Best way to get into his parties: “To know me.”

Best party music: “My own Man Ray CDs. We just released Volume III.”

Party crashers?: “Sometimes a little crasher is a good thing. It’s always best to mix it up.”

Paris vs. Cannes: “There’s not really a nightlife per se in Cannes the way there is in Paris. People are here to work, so that is what they do at my parties. It’s just a glamorous sort of networking. A lot of movie deals have been made over a champagne under the stars.”

What about the real stargazing?: “Celebrities feel comfortable at my place because it’s very private and they don’t have to worry about looking silly. Most of them are still jet-lagged, so they’re wide awake at 2 a.m. and ready to party.”