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Purple Crush

The magazine's packed dinner kicks off a busy night of Paris parties

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It sounds counterintuitive, but when Purple throws a party, it's best to show up on time. By the hour of "fashionably late," the mag's dinner, thrown with Bulgari at the Café de Flore, was so packed that the only thing harder than getting in was getting out. "It's a sign of a good party when you're on the periphery," laughed Tilda Swinton, who was not the only VIP relegated to the terrace for showing up late for dinner—not that anyone paid much attention to the food anyway.

"I was shy about doing a big party in Paris, because it's my city," said Olivier Zahm. "I'm much more relaxed in Tokyo or New York. Paris is like a mirror of what I am doing. And the guest list was a nightmare, because Purple is not just a magazine—it's about a world outside fashion that understands what I do. It's like Instagram—you see yourself in the world around you."

The world last night included Vincent DarréOlivier Theyskens, Haider Ackermann, Isabeli Fontana, Clotilde Courau, and Élodie Bouchez. Near the door, Olympia Le-Tan's little sister Cleo made waves in leather shorts, with a strategic heart cutout, from her big sister's latest collection. (Stay tuned for those cheeks in Purple's next issue.) Amid the crush, late arrival Adrien Brody said that he was just passing through after wrapping Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel with Swinton.

He wasn't the only one passing through—after all, this being Paris fashion week, most nights offer a variety of after-hours events. After dinner, much of Purple's crowd made for Le Montana next door, which will shortly undergo a major renovation and the addition of a hotel on top, but that was only one option. Diesel and Edun, new partners on a line of made-in-Africa jeans, were celebrating their marriage with an African-themed party, where Solange Knowles shared the bill with the Belgian-Congolese artist Baloji. It kicked off the new Studio Africa initiative, a campaign featuring African artists from various disciplines and supported by a series of concerts bridging Western and African music. Which couldn't, it turns out, have a better advocate than Solange. "I played with African musicians on the last album," she said. "I have friends from all over Africa. I've traveled there. This year, I'm planning to go to Mali and have my portrait taken by Malick Sidibé. I love and support African fashion designers."

Meanwhile, Solange's pals Humberto Leon and Carol Lim were toasting their latest Kenzo collection with a musician of their own: Deee-Lite's Lady Miss Kier, who performed a set for the likes of Jessica Alba, Robyn, Leigh Lezark, and Ellen von Unwerth. For one night, groove was in le cœur.

 

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