FRESHMAN CLASS: Celebrities, artists and designers turned out en masse for Nicolas Ghesquière’s debut for Louis Vuitton in Paris on Wednesday. Guests included Princess Charlene of Monaco, Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Azzedine Alaïa, Christian Louboutin, Silvia Fendi, Stefano Pilati and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Chloë Sevigny, Chiara Mastroianni, Kate Mara, Fan Bingbing, Rinko Kikuchi, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Isabelle Huppert, Haley Bennett, Nicola Peltz, Gemma Arterton and Golshifteh Farahani rounded off the showbiz contingent, while the art world was represented by Cindy Sherman, Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno, Carsten Höller and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster.
Several of the actresses were set to star in superhero flicks. Mara will start filming shortly on “The Fantastic Four,” in which she will tackle the role of Sue Storm, aka the Invisible Woman. “I really don’t know what to expect, because I’ve never been a part of anything this sort of huge before,” she said.
Next month, she will be seen in the science fiction thriller “Transcendence” with Johnny Depp. “Johnny is the star of the movie, but he and I have no scenes together,” said the “House of Cards” actress.
Blink, the character Fan plays in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” has the ability to teleport, but if she could pick a superpower, the Chinese actress would take flying. “I actually fly a lot in my dreams,” she confessed. Meanwhile, Farahani will star in Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic “Exodus” with Christian Bale and Sigourney Weaver. “Working again with Ridley was fantastic because I feel a little like we’re family,” said the Iranian actress, who starred in Scott’s “Body of Lies” in 2008. “This was my first movie in 3-D, so that was very impressive. I saw things I had never seen in my life. It’s really like a game — it’s a lot of fun.”
Kikuchi has been spending time in Europe lately. The Japanese actress shot two movies in Italy and Spain, and will head to Norway next month to begin filming on “Nobody Wants the Night,” directed by Isabel Coixet and costarring Juliette Binoche.
“I love it because I used to watch a lot of European movies. I got a lot of good inspiration from those kinds of movies, old ones also,” said Kikuchi, listing her cult directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne and François Ozon.
Arterton will be seen next in “The Voices,” the English-language debut of Paris-based Iranian director and comic-book artist Marjane Satrapi. But shooting “Gemma Bovery” in France last year has clearly left its mark on the British actress, who was slipping in and out of French as she described the plot of the film. “It’s about a serial killer, but it’s a comedy. But with her directing, it’s really something fresh, because it’s feminine,” said Arterton. “I have to find a French agent, because I have three meetings this week. Maybe I start working in Paris a bit,” she mused, a slight French accent creeping into her voice.