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Designers went marching in two by two to fete Suzy Menkes’ 20-year career as fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune. A formidable flock of fashion superstars laid down their scissors to attend the bash, held at the Musée Galliera on the opening night of Paris Fashion Week, including Alber Elbaz, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Jean Paul Gaultier and Rick Owens.
The mighty Italian contingent included Miuccia Prada, Donatella Versace, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Carla Fendi, Roberto Cavalli, Rosita Missoni and Riccardo Tisci—who played chaperone to Mariacarla Boscono, clad in a blinding, fluorescent pink Givenchy suit and blowing air kisses. Most of the crowd flew in especially for the event. Rubbing shoulders in the Belgian corner were Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Raf Simons and Kris Van Assche. “I’m not Valentino and I’m not retiring,” announced Menkes categorically to the crowd. A video tribute relayed messages from those who couldn’t make it, such as Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld and Olivier Theyskens, who even styled his languid locks to resemble the fashion doyenne’s trademark pompadour coif.
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