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It’s tough to keep a social schedule when you’re covering the couture — just ask Daphne Guinness. The brewery heiress was the very last guest to arrive at Wednesday night’s Sidaction AIDS benefit dinner in Paris, co-hosted by Jean Paul Gaultier and Inès de la Fressange at Le Pre Catalan.

Guinness blew into the room like a sandstorm of rustling gold sequins — her short stunner of a dress was Chanel couture — nearly an hour late, as a tracksuited David LaChapelle loped at her stilettoed heels. The duo were covering the couture for Tatler, and their backstage shoot after the Philip Treacy show had just wrapped minutes earlier.

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Dinner was not the first meal they’d nearly missed, either.

“There’s an egg in there,” said Guinness, holding open her handbag. She explained that on the way to a morning shoot at Chanel, she stashed breakfast for two in her purse — including hard-boiled eggs and bowls of fruit salad.

“I had to open it when we went backstage,” she said. “The security must have thought we were totally bonkers.”

Other guests at the industry-heavy dinner, organized under the aegis of Sidaction president Pierre Bergé, included Marc Jacobs, Yohji Yamamoto, Christian Lacroix, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, Phoebe Philo, Loulou de la Falaise, Patrick Cox and Ungaro’s Gianbattista Valli. Catherine Deneuve, Cornelia Guest, Kristin Scott Thomas and French actresses Elodie Bouchez and Ludivine Sagnier added a dose of glamour.

For Bergé, de la Falaise, de la Fressange and Deneuve, the evening happened to mark a milestone: the first anniversary of Yves Saint Laurent’s final couture show. De la Falaise didn’t realize the date’s significance until it was pointed out to her — and then she was startled to realize that the elaborate coral-and-shell necklace she had on was one she hadn’t worn in exactly one year.

“I’m a witch,” she deduced.

In the after-dinner raffle, a coveted Hermès bicycle went to Olympia Le-Tan. The buxom blonde rode it through the restaurant’s dining rooms — until Moschino creative director Vincent Darré grabbed the Hermès pump and tried to inflate her already voluptuous poitrine.

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