It was a scene not totally unfamiliar to Hubert de Givenchy: being guest of honor at a lavish cocktail party attended by some of Paris’s most glamorous and bejeweled ladies. It’s almost as if the couturier never retired from his design house. But this party was in celebration of his new job as president of Christie’s France.
And who better to welcome him than a flock of Paris’s social doyennes? It was like being backstage at one of his sumptuous couture shows. Long lines of beautifully dressed ladies snaked across the room, as, one by one, Givenchy exchanged words and kisses with his former — and perhaps future — clients.
Among them were Liliane Bettencourt, Silvia de Waldner, Florence Grinda and Marie-Christine of Kent, who brought along her son Frederick Windsor.
A few nights later, a different crowd was lining up to fete Jacqueline de Ribes, the belle at the season’s first Bal de Jeudi (Thursday Ball).
The crowd was an eclectic mix of young — and not so young — Paris partygoers. Still, all the revelers had something in common, at least according to Marie Martinez-Seznec, who declared, “All the beautiful people are intelligent.”

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