SWEET MEMORIES: Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture show, which paid homage to the legendary Paris nightclub Le Palace, drew an eclectic crowd on Wednesday.
Fresh off the Paris shoot of her music video, Fergie gave away the title of the first single from her long-awaited second solo album. “I can’t give much away, because I want it to be a surprise, but the song is called ‘Just Like You,’” the singer smiled.
Eva Ionesco, who partied at the Palace as a child with her mother Irina, said: “I was 12, Christian Louboutin was my friend, it was fantastic. I never went to bed. I liked this part of my life very much. In fact, I’m shooting my next movie about that with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. It’s going to be a love story,” she said.
Sitting front row, Ionesco was flanked by some of her old clique: Louboutin, Farida Khelfa and Amanda Lear, who officially opened the Palace with a show in September 1978. “It wasn’t finished yet, they were still doing works and there were no dressing rooms, but it was a great evening — 5,000 people fighting to get in,” the performer recalled, explaining that the Palace was to the Parisians what Studio 54 was to New Yorkers. “Everyone was there — Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld. It’s sad, because in Paris today you don’t have a place like that anymore. Now everything is forbidden: you can’t smoke, you can’t f–k, you can’t do anything. The days of the Palace were before the bomb, before the terrorists, before AIDS. I only have very good memories,” Lear said.
Singers CL, Beth Ditto and Héloïse Letissier of Christine and the Queens were also among the guests who took in the show on Wednesday.