Millions of dollars in jewels, celebrities galore and jawdropping views of the Arc de Triomphe competed for attention at Paris Fashion Week’s most lavish party as Louis Vuitton unveiled the first high-end jewelry collection by new artistic director for jewelry Lorenz Baumer. “Perfect place,” declared Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi, after smoking a cigarette at a third-story window and soaking up the view from L’ Espace des Arts Mitsukoshi-Etoile. One window down, Camilla Belle posed for photos with the most Parisian of backdrops.
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But Russell Brand appeared oblivious to the venue and the gems, having eyes only for girlfriend Katy Perry. “Isn’t she great?” he smiled.
Zoe Saldana, Leighton Meester, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh and Sophie Dahl were among the beauties gawking at Vuitton’s 30-carat flower-cut diamond, sipping Ruinart and grooving to DJs Pedro Winter and Calvin Harris.
Over at Place Vendôme, pretty young things Gaia Repossi and Eugenie Niarchos hijacked a wing of the Ritz to fete their latest jewelry collection, Nérée, from the Ere by Repossi line. Setting the scene, a gaggle of glamorous young socials hobnobbed on rococo sofas, including Tatiana Santo Domingo, Andrea Casiraghi, Stavros Niarchos, Bianca Brandolini d’Adda and Margherita Missoni. Trays of mini cheeseburgers and cocktails whirred by as guests including Natalia Vodianova, Sean Lennon and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld took in the collection, displayed in glass cabinets in a darkened room, before spilling out into the rainy courtyard to join the smokers.
Karl Lagerfeld even made a fly-by visit, pulling up in his Hummer at around midnight for a personal tour of the collection by Repossi. “They’ll make good Christmas presents,” he approved.
Cooing over the designs, which feature floral and wave motifs, Mary-Kate Olsen and a partied-out Lily Donaldson compared jewelry. “I’m a ring girl—they do such amazing stuff,” said Olsen, wiggling her fingers to reveal one of the brand’s long, ornate lacelike rings in pink gold.