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Kate Winslet and Co. Gather to Toast Paris Vogue

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There were two topics on everyone's lips during last night's Paris Vogue cocktail fête at the Crillon. The first, of course, was what the magazine's new editor in chief, Emmanuelle Alt, would do with her debut issue, set to launch in April. The second was Lady Gaga and her then-rumored, now-confirmed runway appearance at the Mugler show, taking place later that evening. And as the likes of Mario Testino, Peter Dundas, Natasha Poly, and Isabeli Fontana yo-yoed between the champagne-stocked bar and a Vincent Darré-curated exhibition featuring emerging designers like Damir Doma, Olympia Le-Tan, and Anthony Vaccarello and a taxidermied alligator, it became quite clear that everyone had an opinion on both.

Both debuts—Alt's and Gaga's—were eagerly anticipated. "It's going to be such a special moment!" Anna Dello Russo gushed about the latter. And the former? Said Jefferson Hack: "I'm looking forward to sex, glamour, intrigue, mystery, suspense, passion, and Emmanuelle in the new issue." If Alt, who turned up in vintage Balenciaga trousers and a sleek Celine jacket, was stressed by the escalating buzz, she didn't show it. "It's gonna be fun," she said of her first Paris fashion week as editor in chief, revealing that she is particularly excited to see Sarah Burton's McQueen collection. The magazine under her direction, she said, will be "super-fresh": "I would love if people could be surprised when they receive it every month."

Speaking of surprises, Kate Winslet, in town filming with Roman Polanski, made an unexpected appearance—the only one she's planning this week, due to a busy shooting schedule. "I'm going for sleek, simple, and sophisticated," she said of her look. (She nailed it in YSL.) Still, if she misses all the other fêtes, she'll be missing out. Just ask Giuseppi Zanotti. "Paris fashion week is all about the parties and absorbing that great Paris energy," he declared. His favorite? "This one!"

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