The event: In celebration of the closing of Paris Haute Couture Week, the president, executive committee and board of directors of the French fashion association threw a black-tie soirée for designers, executives and other industry insiders.
The hosts: Didier Grumbach is outgoing president of the association, formally known as la Fédération Française de la Couture du Prêt à Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode. Executive members sharing hosting duties on Thursday were
The scene: As a light drizzle fell on the lush landscaped gardens leading up to the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, a sprawling, formerly private 19th century mansion, guests ambled along a candle-lit walkway to reach the imposing pillared entry. Inside, partygoers mingled amid the tapestries, crystal chandeliers and a courtyard complete with a stuffed tiger. Others, such as couturier
The chat: Mabille reported that he plans to stage a trunk show in Los Angeles come September, bringing select couture pieces along with his ready-to-wear.
Grumbach, who is stepping down and soon will become honorary president, said that despite his leaving the leadership position, the closing soirées won't end any time soon. "It's a tradition," he said. "We've had these parties since the 1930s."
The crowd: Among the designers were