COLOR CHART: Dressed up as they were, few guests at the annual Société des Amis du Musée d’Orsay gala on Monday night in Paris could compete with the hypnotic, luminous colors of the Pierre Bonnard exhibition they toured.
Actress Carole Bouquet was a fetching exception, whisking through the museum in a rust colored sweater and a full and festive turquoise skirt printed with flowers. “I thought it suited the paintings,” she said with a smile, noting the expressive Fifties-style skirt was vintage Prada.
Amanda Lear also stood out in her azure blue ensemble. “Jean Paul Gaultier, of course,” she declared, pulling out her blue eyeglasses to take in one of Bonnard’s large-scale panoramas.
Patricia d’Arenberg, who describes herself as a “life lover, blogger and ultra fashionist” on her Instagram account, went for black like most of the crowd — except her shift dress was covered in dollar signs traced out in heavy silver and gold chains.
“It’s Moschino by Jeremy Scott,” she explained. “Everyone wears black. I wanted to do something different.”
After the visit, guests including Georgina Brandolini, Jacques Granges, Maryll Lanvin and Olivier Saillard settled in for dinner and the pièce de résistance: a brief, heartfelt speech by the Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, honorary president of the friends of the Musée d’Orsay.
Wearing a black velvet tuxedo jacket, a ruffled white blouse and gently flaring white silk pants, de Ribes lauded the museum’s latest acquisition with funds her charity raised: two paintings of fashionable women by Georges de Feure that were created for the 1900 world fair in Paris and the “L’Art Nouveau Bing” pavillion.
“So well chosen, so well negotiated,” de Ribes praised in her musical voice.
Earlier the countess waved off questions about her next big project: An exhibition of her legendary wardrobe at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, slated to open in November. “Oh, that’s another chapter,” she mused.