Some of the chicest Parisiens arrived at France’s most important AIDS event looking a bit ruffled, thanks to an ongoing series of labor strikes
“With this strike, there’s no alternative — you have to walk,” said a flushed Irene Amic.
Amic was not alone in braving the streets to get to the eighth annual gala for the Association de Recherche, de Communication et d’Action Pour le Traitement du Sida. Other guests, including Pierre Berge, Nicholas Worms, John Galliano, Sonia Rykiel, Claude and Sidney Picasso had hiked, too. Not all guests took to the pavement, though. Yves Saint Laurent’s Loulou Klossowski braved the car traffic.
“It took us two hours to do a journey that normally takes 10 minutes,” she exclaimed.
“Strike talk” was the subject on most people’s lips, during dinner — but not everyone’s.
“I want you all to know that Martha Stewart’s Living is the only magazine that I subscribe to,” Chanel’s Gilles Dufour told amazed guests.
Downtown designer Jean Colonna thought he was joking. “I’m serious,” Dufour insisted, and promised to send Colonna some issues. Could Colonna, who has phone numbers tattooed on his arm, possibly share Stewart’s taste in home decorating?
Yves Saint Laurent’s Christoph Gerard was awarded the Chevalier de L’ordre du Marite, for consistently working hard for AIDS organizations.
“This medal is for everyone,” Gerard said.

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