At back-to-back parties in Paris, Zahia Dehar had much to celebrate. The center of a scandal at age 17 - when a famous French soccer player paid the underage party girl for sex - Dehar has since been a model, front-row figure at haute couture shows and a protégé of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who reportedly nudged her onto her new career path of luxury lingerie designer.
The first cocktail reception, held Wednesday, marked the premiere of Dehar's new ready-to-wear and haute couture lingerie lines. A Thursday evening dinner, co-hosted by Cameron Silver of L.A.'s Decades boutique, was to commemorate Silver's partnership with Dehar. Decades will be the exclusive purveyor of her label in the U.S.
For the Wednesday affair, the trendy L'Eclaireur boutique became a lingerie pop-up shop and tea room, complete with a boudoir ambiance and pastry counters to harmonize with the lingerie confections. Also on prominent display: seductive ruffled bras, a g-string of tiny bows and pasties shaped like meringue swirls.
As Dehar joined the first party, photographers surrounded the now 21-year-old. Fittingly, festivities involving Silver and many of the other Americans in Paris were scheduled for the Fourth of July. No pyrotechnics perhaps, but a fun way to celebrate the occasion.