HOT STUFF: Humberto Leon and Carol Lim stirred together some of the fashion pack’s favorite ingredients — a hot young chef and a smartphone with razor-sharp picture quality — for a dinner in Paris celebrating the new partnership between their Opening Ceremony label and Samsung on a special accessory collection.
The duo flew in Angela Dimayuga, executive chef of cult New York eaterie Mission Chinese Food, to cook up a meal for friends and editors in town for Paris Fashion Week. “Carol and I love food, and we’re not shy about it,” Leon said. “It’s super exciting to have everyone be able to experience this.”
Dimayuga whipped up a feast including braised peanut and wood ear mushroom, drunken fish en papillote, mapo tofu and tea fragrance rice for guests including Leigh Lezark and Geordon Nicol of The Misshapes, Susanna Lau, Leaf Greener and Kenzo chief executive officer Eric Marechalle.
The Chongqing chicken wings, packed with “explosive chili,” lived up to their billing. Lim confessed she knows the menu by heart.
“You know how some places you go and you’re like, ‘That was an amazing experience, maybe I could go once a year’? But this restaurant has this quality about it where all the dishes are so unique, and also really easy to eat, that you can go two or three times a week — and we do,” she said.
The dinner, held at L’Atelier des Artistes in the northeast of Paris, almost didn’t happen, after the initial venue canceled the booking at the last minute. “It was very, very stressful,” Lim said. “Luckily, the stars aligned and then this place was available, because whoever had it on hold canceled.”
Dotted on every table were several Galaxy S6 Edge+ phones for guests to play with. The Opening Ceremony collection includes covers for the phone in two designs featuring prints from its spring 2016 collection in colors exclusive to Samsung.