The scene at Les Bains dinner for the Cabinet de Curiosités

CURIOSITY DISPLAY: Jalil Lespert, Pierre Hardy, Aïssa Maïga, Gildas Loaëc, Hugo Matha and Nicolas Ouchenir were among guests who turned out to a dinner at Les Bains on Wednesday night to celebrate the sixth edition of the Cabinet de Curiosités (CDC), a life-size curiosity cabinet that is the brainchild of globetrotting dandy journalist and consultant Thomas Erber.

Lespert, whose series “Versailles” is currently airing on French cable channel Canal Plus, said he’s to start shooting his next film in January. In it, the French actor and director will play a banker. “It will be the first time I play in a film I direct,” Lespert noted. Sartorially speaking, his character is likely to wear “Dior fitted suits.” Co-stars include Romain Duris, Charlotte Le Bon and Camille Cottin.

“I designed coffee bags made in Kuroki denim,” explained Loaëc, Maison Kitsuné co-founder, a  permanent guest of the Cabinet de Curiosités.

Earlier in the evening, Parisian  gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin was among those who turned out to Colette to  inspect the display, and shop. “I bought a cashmere coat by Officine Générale,” Perrotin enthused.

The assortment also includes a Yamaha motorbike by Half Caste Creations that is featured in Colette’s window, priced at 100,000 euros, or $106,320 at current exchange; a speaker-cum-video game arcade by Pinel & Pinel; and Pierre Hardy loafers in crocodile.

The selected objects are on show at the Paris concept store trough Dec. 24, with different selections featured at the Le Molière space in the Palais Royal area and in the store at Les Bains.

“Next year’s CDC exhibit will be held in Milan,” Erber revealed. “I’ll rent a pallazo, redesign it and invite 50 to 60 designers to participate.”

Erber’s first exhibition of Le Cabinet de Curiosités was held at Colette in 2010, followed  by Browns in London, Andreas Murkudis in Berlin, Maison Kitsuné in New York and Siwilai at Central Embassy in Bangkok.



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