A Palazzo on the Seine

Posted by on September 29, 2013 in Fashion Tidbits | Comments Off on 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