There were a lot of real dolls at Pierre and Nathalie Passebon’s gallery in Paris the other night. The Passebons organized a show of 200 poupe de Peynet dolls (the French equivalent of Barbie), dating from 1953 to 1968.
“I want to sell them all in one fell swoop and then the proceeds will go to Alternative, an association for the protection of abused children,” explained Pierre Passebon.
Among those who turned out were Chanel’s Victoire de Castellane. “Now that I’m getting married in June, I’ve decided to dress like a lady,” she said folding her arms and sporting a huge sapphire engagement ring that matched her tres sage Chanel tweed suit.
On the other side of the room, model Suzanne Aichinger was keeping guests in stitches with her impersonation of Marilyn Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” She was about to start on “How to Marry a Millionaire” when Passebon announced that the show was closing.
A few nights later, Homero Machry threw a swinging publication party at his bar in the Cercle Ledoyen to celebrate Frederic Beigbeder’s new novel “Vacances dans Le Coma” (“Holidays in the Coma”). “You’ll recognize some of the characters,” warned Beigbeder, who also said it’s scandalous.
Some friends came armed with their copies for Beigbeder to sign, but he insisted he’d only start scribbling once he found someone who’d already read the book. He did, so he did.