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Christian Dior had no trouble filling its front row with stars at its 60th anniversary couture show Monday night — even if it did stretch the length of the Orangerie at Versailles.
Hearing there would be a Spanish theme, Charlize Theron waxed poetic about the Gaudí architecture that’s “beautiful and intriguing.” For Zhang Ziyi “it’s the flower markets and the ocean” that are Spain’s main draw. Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, meanwhile, said he was relishing the chance to be in France.
“When I come to Paris I feel like a foreigner in the best sense of the term,” he said. “I love Paris and I especially love its chocolates and macaroons. That’s my weakness.”
Almodóvar said he’s writing a film the title of which translates roughly as “The Skin I Live In” and has already decided Penélope Cruz would be perfect in the lead role. However, his dream is to do theater, especially a musical, for which he would naturally tap John Galliano for the costumes. “For me he’s a perfect example of a fashion designer who is also an artist.”
Monica Bellucci couldn’t agree more, praising Galliano for “his sensual and glamorous fashions,” while waving away torrents of paparazzi with the rebuke, “Basta, basta!”
Eva Green, on the other hand, was relishing the fashion ambience as she prepares to play a student at famed fashion school Central Saint Martins. “Just like John,” she joked. “It’s going to be quite fun.”
Kate Hudson has gone one step further and is dabbling in the beauty business, revealing she’s concocted, with her hairstylist, a natural hair product with the proceeds going to charity. “Women need natural products. It was very fun for me, very creative,” said the actress, who is just finishing a film called “Fool’s Gold” opposite Matthew McConaughey.
Before the show, model Audrey Marney was already applauding the return of supermodels like Linda Evangelista and Amber Valletta on the Dior runway, who were fretting backstage about the prospect of traversing a catwalk that was longer than a football field. “Pray for me. When you see my shoes, you’ll know why,” Gisele Bündchen said, showing off her 16-centimeter (that’s a little over 6 inches) heels. “It’s like 150 meters [about 163 yards] of pure Pilates workout,” said Helena Christensen. “It’s really intense. Now I know why I’ve been boxing for two years.”
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who took in the show, said he’s been working out during his Paris stay — when he’s not parked in restaurants, that is. “I need to for all the food I’ve been eating,” he said.
Stylist Patricia Field said she’s about to start work on a new series called “Cashmere Mafia,” about four top-of-the-game female executives, starring Lucy Liu, among others. “It’s going to be hot fashion-wise if I have my way,” she vowed.
There were also a lot of bookworms in the room. Stylist Rachel Zoe said she’s working on a book called “Style: A to Zoe”; Dita Von Teese said hers will be about extreme beauty, while Victoire de Castellane is compiling Dior’s first book on fine jewelry, a coffee table tome out this fall. Another person who could certainly write a book about the Dior anniversary is Pierre Cardin. “I started at Dior 60 years ago. I didn’t want to miss this,” he said.
Toreador Miguel Abellán spent some time with Galliano recently in Seville, Spain, during the sacred ceremony of getting dressed before a bullfight. “I’ve never shared that moment — even with my father. Then we went to the chapel to pray,” Abellán said.