PARIS — Oh, to be able to read the mind of Robert Hue, the head of the Communist Party of France.
With his bushy beard, he roamed the party’s headquarters here as a cast of young fashion fanatics swilled champagne and danced like mad to celebrate the opening of the Paris Miu Miu flagship at 16 Rue de Grenelle. Alas, Madonna didn’t come, as was widely rumored and even discussed on French radio, but her song “Music” said a lot about the night: “Music makes the people come together. Music makes the bourgeois and the rebel.”
“It’s fabulous partying here,” said Stella McCartney, who was grooving to the house beats on one of three dance floors with fellow designer Alexander McQueen. “The architecture is fabulous. The music is great, too.”
The party’s hostess, Miuccia Prada, held court in a VIP room that, with its serpentine couches, had the look of a lounge on early episodes of Star Trek. She chatted tete-a-tete with Marc Jacobs and welcomed the likes of Catherine Deneuve, Naomi Campbell and actress Virginie Ledoyen.
Meanwhile, some 3,000 invited guests fought their way in for a chance to roam the massive building’s slanted floors and domed conference rooms and party until dawn, Communist-style.