Victoire de Castellane has a thing for doing the unexpected. Since her arrival at Dior Haute Joaillerie 13 years ago, she's made a point of shaking up the staid world of precious baubles with wild and wacky pieces, which are the subject of a lavish coffee-table book published by Rizzoli last week.
But that was last week. Last night, she switched the game again, greeting 1,200 guests at a lavish soirée in the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild with a total 180 degrees: The new My Dior jewelry collection, which draws straight from the source, spinning Dior's hallmark cannage, or caning, and textured threads of gold into rings and large cuff bracelets studded with diamonds and other colorful gems. A lucky few— Tali Lennox, Bianca Brandolini d'Adda, the Richards sisters, Andie MacDowell's daughters Sarah Margaret Qualley and Rainey Qualley, and Josephine de la Baume among them—were already wearing them. "I love change and I was ready for a new exercise in style," said de Castellane, who brought Raquel Zimmermann along for the ride by casting her as the Dior woman across the decades for video portraits by Steven Meisel. "I love that there's this almost Ottoman feel about these pieces," said Christian Louboutin, fresh off the dance floor with de Castellane and Bianca Jagger. "I've been begging Victoire to do a men's collection for years."
A few classics were dusted off for said dance floor, with a live concert by King Creole and the Coconuts and Olympia Le-Tan deejaying eighties hits (Captain & Tennille, anyone?). But while it's a fair bet that the coolest people in the crowd weren't clubbing (or even born, for that matter) in Creole's heyday, the irony of the musical moment was lost on no one: When asked if she knew them, Annabelle Dexter-Jones shot back, "Of course I know them, they're that cool old garage-y disco band. Are you trying to trip me up?"