INTO THE BLUE: Many guests played along with the “Blue Eyes” theme of Baccarat’s cocktail party Friday evening in celebration of the crystal maker’s spring collection, some inadvertently. Mélanie Thierry, for instance, just had to flutter her eyelashes to prove it. “You can drown in blue eyes,” commented the French actress, who is shooting Emmanuel Finkiel’s adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ “The War: A Memoir” in Paris.
Tables at the Maison Baccarat in Paris’ 16th arrondissement were laid with an array of blue crystal ware and other items from the collection, while guests sipped on Kir Royale turned a luminous blue by curaçao liqueur and cocktails in similar hues. Models floated through the venue to the sound of a string quartet in blue gowns by Italian designer Luisa Beccaria, who created a capsule collection of crystal jewelry with Baccarat that will be displayed at the venue through couture week.
“Blue is the color of the sea, the sky, of dreams,” said blue-eyed boy Stéphane Freiss, who was rushing off to perform in “Un Animal de Compagnie,” (“a Pet”) a new play by Francis Veber, later in the evening. “I think I’m ready, I’ll tell you tomorrow,” said the actor.
Lambert Wilson had declined one of the bright blue cocktails on offer, preferring a simple flute of Champagne. “It didn’t look completely healthy, I don’t know why,” said the actor. “I love the blue on the table,” he said, pointing to a display of Baccarat’s collection laid out on a banqueting table in the middle of the room, saying it reminded him of summer in the Greek islands. “But in a glass, I don’t know.”
“Blue is my favorite color, as you can tell,” said LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton group managing director Toni Belloni, pointing out his navy suit and matching sweater. “It makes me think about great spaces, the sea in particular, obviously being very Mediterranean, that’s one of the most inspiring things for me. I’m very passionate about the Maldives because you see all tonalities of blue, it’s the most incredible experience.”