Perfect Ten

Lanvin Makes It an Anniversary to Remember


Tilda Swinton and Alber Elbaz   
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When the curtain opened after last night's show celebrating Alber Elbaz's tenth anniversary at Lanvin, the designer himself was on stage. He thanked all the people in the audience who helped him realize his dream. "I love you," he said, then sang the first few lines of "Que Sera, Sera," before twirling down the runway to a standing ovation. "It's pure joy in here," remarked an editor not prone to overstatement. She was right.

Before the first model hit the catwalk, Champagne bottles by the dozen had been emptied and people were treating themselves to eclairs from the eclair trees. The clothes were fantastic—colorful, glamorous, irresistible. If you didn't fall in love with Aymeline Valade as she Pat Cleveland-ed her way down the runway, it might be time to find another job.

The evening's headliner was New York nightlife legend Joey Arias, backed by Portland, Oregon's little orchestra Pink Martini. As they led the crowd in not one, not two, but three rounds of "Happy Birthday," a giant cake lit by sparklers was rolled across the dance floor. "Is Alber going to pop out?" Alas, no, but there was a veritable blizzard of gold confetti.

Not long before midnight, an enthusiastic partygoer tweeted that David Bowie would be performing. The Thin White Duke didn't make an appearance, but Tilda Swinton, Jessica Alba, and Pharrell Williams were making the rounds. Proof that it was a night to remember? As we walked into our first show of the day this morning, we saw flecks of that gold confetti on the floor.

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