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This Is Fifty


How is a Paris museum gala different from a New York museum gala? “You can smoke.” Emmanuelle Alt said it herself last night at the inaugural Vogue Paris Foundation’s dinner in honor of the contemporary collections at the Musée Galliera, which the event helped fund. The soiree coincided with the opening of the museum’s Les Années 50 exhibition. A who’s who of the world’s most famous designers turned out, and yes, some of them were lighting up. Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing arrived arm in arm with Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner. Alber Elbaz brought Kristin Scott Thomas. Even designers in absentia didn’t do badly. Nicolas Ghesquière didn’t make it, but his flower print minidress from Louis Vuitton Resort was a perfect fit for Adèle Exarchopoulus. Another difference? Milliner Stephen Jones, who sat with the Schiaparelli clan, was taking iPhone pics of the insides of the dresses in the exhibition (straight up from the hem) without so much as a second glance from the guards. “I did it at the Charles James show at the Met and I got in a bit of trouble.”

It was an unusually cold and drizzly summer night in Paris and inside the Palais Brongniart, Lancôme continued to make it rain—showering guests with gallons of gold and pink confetti in honor of the brand’s Nouvelle Vague collection (a trio of luxury makeup bags designed by Alexandre Vauthier, Yiqing Yin, and Jacquemus). While Vauthier’s black-and-gold clutch seemed to be the favorite among attendees (most notably spotted in the hands of Kate Winslet), others like Leigh Lezark doubled up: “I’m carrying Alexandre’s bag and wearing a Jacquemus dress,” she said. For Caroline de Maigret, the newest member of the Lancôme family (she’s creating her own range of makeup with the brand next year), the evening’s fete was also her coming-out party. “What I really like [about joining the company],” she noted, “is that I’m allowed to have flaws.”

—Nicole Phelps and Amber Kallor

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