PARIS–No need to tell you French Vogue is turning 90. It’s been loudly announced throughout the fashion sphere, this month’s issue filled with much sought after, limited edition prints.
Now try to imagine a gala to celebrate this, right in the middle of Paris Fashion Week.
Add onto that Eyes Wide Shut as the dress code. The result is dementia, partial nudity and foie gras–very Carine indeed.
The event took place in a private mansion on the Parisian left bank, which had been decorated by birthday cards addressed to Vogue from houses including Chanel, Vuitton and Lancôme. The Stanley Kubrick film the party was referencing was projected onto walls–and almost looked like a documentary of what was going on at that very moment.
And la crème de la crème (literally), was hidden away on the first floor: a cake room, as decadent as elegant, had been filled with a macaroon sculpture, chocolate fountains, and fresh fruit. Needless to say, we picked this as our hangout spot.
As you can imagine, the event drew the upper crust of la mode, from a poofed hair Lara Stone, to Suzy Menkes wearing a sleeping mask. And of course, Carine, the queen of the show, looked like a couture take on the Venice Carnival: sheer, baroque, osé.
“Vogue without Carine ? That just wouldn’t be Vogue anymore!” Jean-Paul Gaultier told us, in a black feather mask. “I’m two days away from the show but I certainly wasn’t going to miss this. I hope the night gets very naughty, and I trust Carine to bring this to the party,” he said with a wink.
Indeed, Carine’s oh-la-la touch has given French Vogue a look that would make many other Vogues blush and look away.
“I love working with them, they always come up with the most original concepts and the most beautiful ideas. They’re incredible,” said Karlie Kloss, who wore a gold mask made out of microscopic stars.
That might be true, but not all seemed to care: We couldn’t help but notice Karl Lagerfeld was a no-show–he was hanging out at the Café de Flore instead, a source told us.
In the meantime, Carine didn’t seem to mind, as she danced away like a teenage girl.
Carine vs Anna, the never-ending debate. “if I had to be reincarnated as one them ? Neither!” laughed Zac Posen. Who would you rather be ?