Fashion isn’t the only thing that can draw a crowd in Paris. On recent days and nights, a founder of the Dada art movement, a legendary nightclub queen and a prince with a plaque managed to lure social Parisians to various venues.
Sotheby’s launched its Man Ray exhibition with a private lunch at which the artist’s paintings, objets d’art and photographs, all of which will be auctioned in March, were displayed.
Art enthusiast James Lord and photographer June Newton (a.k.a. Alice Springs) waxed about the photographs. Pointing at portraits of Ava Gardner and Pablo Picasso, Newton — who is married to photographer Helmut Newton — said, “Helmut already has a Man Ray photograph, but these are beautiful.”
Meanwhile, Gilles Dufour entertained Laure de Beauvau-Craon with his imitation of a surrealist portrait: He wrapped his head and face with his scarf and then placed his dark glasses over it.
“Do you think the artist would have approved?” he asked.
The answer went unrecorded.
Later that night, Regine was the hostess at the opening of La Bar du Marche. “It’s one of the happening restaurants on the Cote d’Azur, and it will brighten up Paris’s eighth arrondisement,” Régine said. One guest felt the crowd was “un peu trop St. Tropez.” “The ratio of nubile women to leather-skinned aging roués is ridiculous,” she said.
A few days later, Barbara Wirth threw a party for Prince Louis Albert de Broglie to launch his gardening line of aprons, troughs and wooden baskets. The affair was held in David Hicks’s shop, where friends like Elizabeth Flick, Jean and Joy de Rohan-Chabot and the Saint Bris clan gathered while the Prince showed his wares. “I designed the little brass plaque,” said the Prince, referring to the label on each item which read “Prince Jardinier.”