LEFT-BANK STYLE: Laura Smet, Elie Top and Louis-Marie de Castelbajac were among the guests who turned out Tuesday night to celebrate Moynat’s new 450-square-foot shop at Le Bon Marché. The corner marks the second Paris showcase for the trunk maker’s meticulously crafted, ladylike leather goods and its first on the Left Bank.
Guillaume Davin, the house chief executive officer, told Smet the story of Pauline Moynat, one of the rare women to be a malletier in the 19th century. She cofounded Moynat in 1849 and was among the first to set up a boutique at the foot of the Avenue de l’Opéra — the Champs-Elysées of its time — in 1869.
“It would make a great film,” mused Smet. The daughter of Nathalie Baye and Johnny Hallyday is to star in a comedy by Alexandre Nahon. “I play a kind of Britney Spears — a star for teenagers — hiding from paparazzi,” she said. “I am thrilled to do a comedy.”
After that, she’ll act in a film by Xavier Beauvois that takes place during World War I, alongside her mother. Smet recently appeared for the first time with her mother in a TV series by Cédric Klapisch, set to air this summer. “As soon as you’re [filming], you forget she’s your mother. Same for her. It was very weird,” she said.
After the cocktail at the Moynat corner, positioned at one of Le Bon Marché’s entrances, guests took a short walk to Aux Prés, the newly revamped restaurant of starred chef Cyril Lignac in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood.
Lignac had prepared for the occasion white asparagus, black cod caramelized in a miso sauce with peas, followed by a strawberry cream cake. The chef is to open a new restaurant in Paris’ 11th arrondissement and two new pastry shops in the city by the end of the year.