POPOVER: Guests arriving at the vast, dark lobby of the Pompidou Center in Paris Tuesday night drifted in to “Les Annees Pop,” France’s first major exhibition devoted to Pop Art, beneath a giant Andy Warhol poster. But six flights up, the serene calm gave way to melee at the opening-night party.
“I loved the picture of Michael Jackson over the entrance,” shouted London’s decorator of the moment David Collins — he’s Madonna’s style advisor — over the din of clinking glasses and an Austin Powers soundtrack.
Michael Jackson? Sure he’s the king of pop, but was he painted by Warhol?
“Work it out!,” barked Collins. “It was really Elizabeth Taylor.”
Tom Ford headlined the exhibition, which was sponsored by Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci Group. The crowd also included PPR head Francois Pinault — one of the hungriest collectors of contemporary art in France — as well as Domenico De Sole, Betty Cattroux, Bianca Jagger, artist James Rosenquist, photographer Francois Marie Banier, and one of the original pop iconographers, Pierre Cardin himself.
As for Warhol’s iconic subjects, at least one was on hand — Diane Von Furstenberg was cruising through the show. “No, my portrait is not in the show,” she said later. “But there is one at the Warhol Museum — and I’ve got the rest at home.”
HYNDE SIGHT: Remember the fall 2001 shows, when Paris was all about rock ‘n’ roll and Chrissie Hynde was the inspiration at Givenchy? Well, it seems no one told Hynde. “Really?” she asked. “I’m a rock person. Don’t ask me about fashion.” Hynde was among the rock ‘n’ roll royalty front row at Chloe, which boasted Paul McCartney, Beatles producer George Martin, Jay-Z and actresses Liv Tyler and Debi Mazar. After the show, Tyler was agog with the of-the-moment-ness of all the clothes, while Hynde entertained another theory. “I just wear the same old junk all the time,” she said. “If you wear it long enough, it’ll eventually come back into fashion.”
GOING GREEN: Fashion and politics collided in Paris this week, with runway shows coinciding with municipal elections. No one knows this better than Christophe Girard, director of fashion strategy at LVMH. He ran on the Green Party’s ticket in the 4th arrondissement and, at press time, looked like a shoe-in for a seat on the local and city councils. But Girard said he’s not hanging up his talent-scouting goggles yet. His contract with LVMH allows him the flexibility to do style and community service.