TALENT SCOUT: Rita Ora, Noomi Rapace and Olivia Palermo were among attendees at the dinner thrown by Stylebop and Next on Sunday night at Paris’ Caviar Kaspia.
The hosts were Leila Yavari, fashion editor and buying director of the luxury fashion Web site, and the talent agency’s president of Europe, Saif Mahdi. The pair held the first such event last year.
“We made it despite the storm,” said Palermo after arriving with her husband Johannes Huebl, referring to the massive snowstorm that had snarled the East Coast of the U.S. “I am looking forward to the shows — Schiaparelli, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab and Valentino.”
Back in New York before fashion week kicks off there, Palermo, who was sporting a Tibi top and Proenza Schouler skirt, is to launch her first collection with Nordstrom.
Other guests at the Paris event included Anthony Vaccarello, Roland Mouret, Alexandre Mattiussi, Olympia Le-Tan, Ellen von Unwerth, Cécile Cassel, Caroline Vreeland and Caroline de Maigret.
“Tonight we want to celebrate Paris. We want to celebrate my jacket, as well,” Mahdi told guests, referring to his striking, glittery Saint Laurent number.
“Saif and I work with incredible talents,” Yavari added, thanking the agency president. “There are so many people in this room who owe their career to you. You’re a champion of diversity in the fashion industry. That’s desperately needed.”
Over Caviar Kaspia’s smoked salmon, Vreeland said she just shot for three days in Los Angeles with Von Unwerth for Leica’s S magazine.
“It was wild: Marilyn Manson spit in the mouth of a 16-year-old girl — Meredith Mickelson. He’s wilder than me for sure,“ she said.
Meanwhile, Ora shared confidences with Palermo.
“We’ve seen each other a few times,” said the singer, sporting a Versace minidress.
“Girls have to support girls,” added Palermo.
Would Ora like to become an actress like some other attendees at the dinner?
“That would be amazing one day,” she said.
Speaking of actresses, hair stylist John Nollet said he’ll be busy over the next few days working with Uma Thurman, who went to the Ralph & Russo show on Monday.
Meanwhile, rising French actor Jesse Rémond Lacroix said his contract as an ambassador for Viktor & Rolf has just been renewed.
Géraldine Nakache is busy promoting her new film “Et ta soeur,” a French remake of “Your Sister’s Sister.”
She plays the same role Emily Blunt did in the other version. The actress is also working on her third film as a director starring Leïla Bekhti, who is also a L’Oréal Paris face.
“It’s about sorority,” she said. “Leïla is like my younger sister.”
Rapace, wearing Moschino, showed Polaroid photos that she took while in Paris.
“I don’t post them. I stopped doing Instagram,” noted Rapace.
After Caviar Kaspia’s signature potato and raspberries paired with vodka, everyone took to their feet — dancing.