HONOR ROLL: Jean-Pierre Blanc, director of the International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères, is to be decorated by France’s Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin as a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor on Thursday in Paris. Blanc was already named a chevalier de L’Ordre National du Mérite and an an Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.
At the same ceremony, Alexandre Vauthier is to receive the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres medal (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, in English). The French designer who launched his couture line in 2009 was named a full-fledged member of Chambre Syndicale in December 2014. Meanwhile, architect India Mahdavi is to receive the Officier des Arts et des Lettres medal.