SLIPPERY WHEN WET: Kenzo designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim were banking on blue skies as the backdrop of their spring men’s collection, shown in an open-air venue on the banks of the Seine.
But the weather gods decided otherwise, leaving guests including Jesse Metcalfe, Joe Jonas and label founder Kenzo Takada huddling under umbrellas as a fine drizzle dusted the seats and catwalk.
French musician and video director Yoann Lemoine, who goes by the stage name Woodkid, came straight from the airport, having just returned from his performance at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. “It was crazy. The audience in Montreal is incredibly welcoming,” he enthused.
He was due to play again on Sunday at the Solidays music festival on the outskirts of Paris. “We’ll see – big suspense,” he said of the weather forecast.
Nicolas Godin, one half of cult French electronic act Air, was still haunted by a disastrous experience performing on the Neptune fountain at the Château de Versailles.
“Because we were on a floating platform, we could not set up a tent, as it would have made the platform sink. So that night, it rained and we started to play, and all the instruments fried with the rain. I got an electric shock and the concert was a total failure. Every time I think about it, I get a knot in my stomach,” he said.
“Often, you learn from your mistakes, but this was just a gratuitous act. I didn’t learn anything,” he said ruefully. “It’s just something that keeps me awake at night.” Godin is going back on the road solo next January, but pledged he would be bringing a tent.
Weather notwithstanding, the show was an upbeat affair with a thumping soundtrack specially created by rising British electro duo Disclosure. French actor Theo Cholbi, who will be seen shortly alongside Michael Pitt in the new Larry Clark movie “The Smell Of Us,” closed the display.
Leon took his bow solo, as Lim is expecting her second child in a few weeks.