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PARIS — Freida Pinto, Hilary Swank, Leighton Meester and Alain Delon were among celebrities who watched a parade of pale fashions under the Denon Wing’s colonnade at the Louvre. Afterward, they repaired for a lavish lounge-style dinner under the famous I.M. Pei pyramid, where Ruinart Champagne flowed and servers sliced up giant macaroni-and-mushroom pies.

The weather did not cooperate, and the Ferragamos fretted as dark clouds gathered ahead of the 8:30 p.m. event as winds occasionally gusted through the arcade. Some guests swathed themselves in cashmere shawls and black blankets left on their seats.

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Swank defied the elements in a lacy dress and mesh booties. “I like the rain. I’m from Washington State, so I get happy in it. It reminds me of home,” she beamed.

The actress said she would soon head to South Africa to film “Mary and Martha,” an HBO movie — co-starring Brenda Blethyn and directed by Phillip Noyce — about two women fighting malaria.

Pinto, meanwhile, is jetting off to Turkey and Jordan to shoot “Desert Dancer.” Fan Bingbing, spotting the Indian actress, eyed her vertiginous black satin pumps with a look of surprise.

“I know. Can you imagine?” Pinto laughed, confiding that she was suffering from a recurring foot ailment. Asked how high the shoes were, she let out a laugh. “I have no idea, I’m not even counting.”

As French actresses Elodie Bouchez and Amira Casar leaned over a balcony, puffing on cigarettes, Meester said she has been busy promoting the upcoming comedy “That’s My Boy,” in which she stars opposite Adam Sandler.

Her character represents “the exact opposite” from Blair Waldorf, the preppy socialite she portrays on “Gossip Girl.”

Delon said he was between projects, but quickly running out of ways to keep busy in the absence of sunshine. “I don’t have a sufficiently consistent hobby, because there are just too many rainy afternoons in Paris. I mean, I have one or two, but not 14,” he said.

Inés Sastre was taking a stoical approach to the streak of wet weather in Europe, which has marred everything from Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee celebrations to the inauguration of French President François Hollande. “Listen, if the Queen of England can stand for hours in the rain, and our president in France, too, then so can I,” the Spaniard said with a broad smile.


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