C Wonder

“Fashion is fun, you can’t take yourself too seriously, and true friendship is possible.” There, in a sentence, was Carine Roitfeld‘s summation, for a bank of French TV reporters, of the new Fabien Constant documentary about her, Mademoiselle C, which premiered in Paris last night. And those friends were out in force, both for the screening—where Karl Lagerfeld sat front-row—and the after-party at the Pavillon Ledoyen.

Roitfeld’s bashes have become PFW’s most reliable power magnet: Lenny Kravitz, Katy Perry, and Ciara all showed, as well as a slew of models (Cara Delevingne, Miranda Kerr, Magdalena Frackowiak) and designers (Riccardo Tisci, Haider Ackermann, Peter Dundas). Everyone was eager to share their memories and favorite moments with Mademoiselle. (“Madame,” to her granddaughter, apparently, but never mind that.)
“When I first met Carine, we had a mutual love of eyebrows—hers are incredible,” deadpanned Delevingne. “But seriously, Carine’s just an amazing woman, in addition to being an incredible stylist.” Longtime pal Tom Pecheux had one of his memorable Roitfeld exchanges memorialized in the film: The time he wished his best girlfriend fat ankles in her next life. “She was shocked at the time, but that day, like many others, she drove me crazy,” he said, laughing. “She knew that one day it would come back to her.”

Like Pecheux, many of those present reckoned that Roitfeld put “almost everything” into Mademoiselle C. But the hostess herself left a little room for mystery. “There won’t be a follow-up, but I haven’t said everything. You have to keep some things secret, non? We’re not doing reality TV!”

—Tina Isaac-Goizé

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Lady in Pink

“Literally, just about the only person not in black here tonight is Hillary,” one male guest said to his tablemates last night at the inaugural Save the Children gala presented by Calvin Klein. He was referring to the one-and-only Hillary Clinton. The former secretary of state was sporting a bubblegum-pink number, but she was all business when she accepted her National Legacy Award from the children’s rights and relief organization at Cipriani 42nd Street. As she made her way to the stage, the crowd, including Caroline Kennedy, Victor Cruz, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jennifer Garner (also an honoree for the evening), got to their feet to give Clinton a standing ovation.

“Whoopi Goldberg and I were just talking about how people in today’s world know what their favorite celebrity wore to dinner last night because of social media,” Clinton said. “Let’s use social media in a more effective way, to convey what brain scientists now know about brain development. Help us to try to build the best brains we can in America’s children, because there isn’t anything more important than doing that.”

She was followed by Garner (the recipient of the Advocate Award), who had brought her daughter Violet out for the first time to a public event. “I told my daughter that I was a little nervous to speak in front of a crowd like this, and she gave me a great piece of advice,” said Garner. “She said to imagine that you are all our dogs, Martha Stewart and Gandhi, and to imagine that you are all wagging your tails waiting for a treat, and the treat is my speech. Thank you for that, Violet.” The tails wagged—and, more important, the dollars of support came flooding in.

—Kristin Tice Studeman

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Milestones Measured in Millimeters

“This is a milestone. After tonight, I’m going to begin a new beginning,” said Giambattista Valli at his book signing on Monday night. Hefty 400-page tome in tow, well-wishers including Angie Harmon, Clotilde Courau, and Bianca Brandolini d’Adda lined up at the Jeu de Paume, where the designer’s photographs and recent film about Rome were also on display. This first book, Valli noted, is meant to be the opposite of
self-celebration. “I wanted to do something more detached, but intimate. It’s almost like getting naked about my private life,” he said. The first chapter, Obsessions, for example, is about building a style (Lee Radziwill, who also contributed text, and Jackie O lead the way).

Olivier Saillard is clearly on a roll. For the exhibition Virgule, Etc.: In the Footsteps of Roger Vivier, which opened last night at the Palais de Tokyo—and is also available as an iPhone app—the star curator delivered an exercise in free association, mixing 170 vintage and contemporary Vivier creations in displays with tongue-in-cheek names. Take, for example, a seventies-era silver shoe labeled “A fragment of a statue of Cleopatra in porous schist” in the “Department of Egyptian Antiquities”; other display cases were called “Pop Op Art” and “The Gallery of Grandiloquent Footwear.”

“I’ve been at Vivier for twelve years and I’m surprised,” said hostess Ines de la Fressange in between greeting guests including Leigh Lezark, Alber Elbaz, and Mario Testino. “Now I finally have proof that beauty, creativity, and eccentricity can all go together. They’re timeless. People are always talking about ‘modern,’ but that’s boring. Beauty means something. So does talent. Modern is bullshit!”

“The shoes are like jewelry, or maybe patisseries,” remarked Didier Ludot, who lent many items for this show. The vintage guru recalled the moment he began collecting Viviers, more than thirty years ago: “One day a wealthy client sent her chauffeur to me with maybe fifty pairs,” he reminisced. “She just gave them to me because she knew of me. I never did figure out who she was.” Neither does Ludot know how many Viviers he owns now—he quit counting. But in any case, they’re not for sale.

—Tina Isaac-Goizé

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A Palazzo on the Seine

“When people visit the Palazzo Pucci in Florence, a lot of them don’t really make the connection. So we’re bringing a little bit of palazzo to our stores one at a time,” said Laudomia Pucci, daughter of Emilio Pucci, at the store’s unveiling last night. Now shoppers on the Avenue Montaigne can tune into the Renaissance palace’s charms—mirrors, gilt trimmings, purple-veined marble—recast for the twenty-first century and offset by quirky touches like mannequins with high-floating, sculpted tresses, a nod to designer Peter Dundas‘ illustration style. And shopping was definitely on the agenda despite the crowds and persistent would-be crashers.

By 10 p.m., crashers and invitees had converged at the city’s hottest spot of the moment, Monsieur Bleu, on the Seine-facing side of the Palais de Tokyo. Fortunately, the place had been cleared of its Art Deco-inspired furniture, as guests including Eugenie Niarchos, Iggy Azalea, Bianca Brandolini, Toni Garrn, and Leigh Lezark turned out for a special performance by Solange Knowles.

“I don’t want to talk about me, I want to talk about my girls,” Dundas demurred as a coterie of admirers and model-slashes (/socialite/singer/stylist) smothered him with adoration. Instead, the girls did the talking: “Peter’s got the biggest heart. It just shines through,” cooed Ciara. “When I met him, I just fell in love. I even proposed to him,” one-upped Poppy Delevingne. “He said yes—in another lifetime.” Just as well—Delevingne is set to marry her longtime beau in Morocco next spring.

—Tina Isaac-Goizé

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Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock

Monday night, post-Met Gala, the A-list turned out to toast the DIY vibe behind Punk: Chaos to Couture at the Top of The Standard. A mosh pit it was not, but the spirit of ’77 seemed alive and well.

Punk homages ranged from the demure gold safety pin in place of a boutonniere to full-on spikes and patches. Few boasted as impressive a subcultural pedigree as Linda Fargo‘s floor-length latex, courtesy of an East Village fetish mainstay. Her signature silver bob was nowhere to be found, but in its place? A towering barbed-wire-laced coiffure that held up admirably, even as she grooved to Rihanna. A few feet away, Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn, just off the heels of their first public appearance as a couple, shared an embrace.

While Madonna held court perched atop a banquette, punk godmother Debbie Harry chatted with a friend in one of the room’s quieter corners. Did the show have her seal of approval? “I loved it. I wish it was bigger!”

—Kristin Anderson

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