OUT OF AFRICA: Bono, star of Louis Vuitton’s latest “core values” campaign and co-founder of ethical brand Edun, made a brief but enthralling appearance on stage Tuesday night as the French brand put the spotlight on Africa, where Edun encourages sustainable enterprise. He did a duet with Angelique Kidjo, a Grammy Award-winning singer from Benin in West Africa. “Today I am at fashion week. There’s hope for all of us. I’d never have believed it,” Kidjo enthused after her rousing set.
Jessica Chastain, Elisa Sednaoui, Margareth Madè and Fan Bing Bing were among the actresses who toured a temporary exhibition of contemporary African art before clustering in front of the stage, along with Delphine and Antoine Aranult, to catch a glimpse of the Irish rock hero. “Bono had never done any advertising before. The only reason he did this was because we are committed to helping the Edun project through this event,” said Vuitton chief executive Yves Carcelle. “The exhibition is not about poor Africa, but living Africa.”
Naomi Campbell made a beeline for pop star Shingai Shinowa. The pair had been introduced earlier in the week and bonded over their Streatham (a district of South London) roots. Campbell said her handbag project with Louis Vuitton to raise money for the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood had raised 110,000 euros, or about $151,000 at current exchange. “That makes me really happy” she grinned. Model-turned-designer Daisy Lowe said she was eagerly awaiting her debut collection for Morgan, which goes on sale early November. “It was cool to use my brain!” she said. Architect Peter Marino, wearing black leather cuffs and a chest harness, let slip that he’s been contracted to design the new boutique concept for Celine.