PARIS — “There were times this week I didn’t think I’d survive,” said Jeremy Scott at a cocktail party late Friday night to inaugurate Fendi’s first Paris store. “It’s been quite an adventure.”
Seconding Scott’s sentiment were many of those who packed the fete, held in a gilded salons of a mansion on the Champs Elysees. Between sips of champagne, editors, models and designers alike marveled they’d managed to endure the break-neck pace of fashion week here.
“I think Paris deserves a party,” said Silvia Fendi.
And Paris was burning. Besides the Fendi shindig, more than a half-dozen fetes raged across the city, including a nearby party hosted by Baccarat and a two-year anniversary party at the trendy Man Ray restaurant.
But it was chez Fendi where the fashion power players chose to unwind. LVMH chief Bernard Arnault chatted with Karl Lagerfeld, while Prada boss Patrizio Bertelli held court with Carla Fendi.
“It’s a great night,” offered Bertelli. “I’m glad people are having fun.”