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PARIS POLITICOS: A few very high-profile guests showed their faces — or sunglasses — Monday evening at the Paris fund-raiser for the Obama Victory Fund, supported by Anna Wintour. They included Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West and Stella McCartney. Even Mick Jagger popped in for a couple of minutes.
Attendees arrived at the seemingly low-key location in a scruffy street off Place de la Bastille that deceptively houses Kenzo Takada’s former home, now a high-end private reception venue called La Maison 8, avoiding the cameras and heading straight into the $2,500-a-head reception.
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Wintour herself was spotted leaving the venue at 7:20 p.m., presumably heading off to the much-anticipated Saint Laurent show at 8, while Lopez, sporting a striking red gown, left shortly afterward.
It is understood that Johansson gave a speech in support of President Obama during the reception.
“We need Obama to win,” McCartney said, getting into her car after the cocktail.
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It seems that Paris’ American community agreed. Apparently the dinner, priced at $10,000 a person, was sold out in advance, and the event, cocktail and dinner combined raised a total of $350,000 for Obama’s election campaign, according to a source.
One guest who skipped the predinner cocktail party was Lee Radziwill, who arrived just in time for the meal.