An intimate fete for a new partnership
It was hard to say what the biggest attraction was at the Paris dinner Farfetch's José Neves hosted to welcome Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz and her D'NA boutiques to his digital shopping platform. There was the location—a grand private residence on the historic Place des Vosges, complete with artwork by Gilbert & George and a mirrored ceiling that made the already double-height room stretch to the heavens. There was the fashion insider crowd that included contingents of designers from the U.K. (Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, Roksanda Ilincic, Mary Katrantzou) and the U.S. (Prabal Gurung, Creatures of the Wind's Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters). And most of all, perhaps, there was the guest of honor herself, a whirlwind of energy in an intricately embroidered dress and matching cape straight off Katrantzou's Fall runway. "Look," said Abdulaziz, pointing to the exercise-monitoring Up band that nestled on her wrist among half a dozen more expensive trinkets. "I've done 8,000 steps today." And that was before the dancing part of the evening began.