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Sergio Rossi Opens Its Doors; Plus, Hogan Hosts Karl


Diego Della Valle, Karl Lagerfeld, and Emanuele Della Valle   
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It was a veritable mob scene at the opening of Sergio Rossi's new Paris concept boutique yesterday evening. Fashion fixtures—even a few, like Carine Roitfeld and Sally Singer, who have been keeping a lower profile on the party front this fashion week—pushed through the crowd to toast creative director Francesco Russo on his luxurious new shop. For the space, which is the second in what will be a string of new stores, Russo collaborated with the U.K.-based interior designer Ilse Crawford. She brought, he said, a female perspective to the two-room shop. "The idea was to create the apartment of our ideal woman," explained Russo. "Shoes are so personal, and I wanted to make a store in which women can feel comfortable trying and buying them."

As apartments go, they don't come more ideal than François Laffanour and his wife Yumiko Seki's pad, where a small crowd, including Anouck Lepère, Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak of M/M Paris, and Gaia Repossi retired for drinks and dinner after the opening. Laffanour owns the hip Galerie Downtown in Paris, and he's got the collection to show for it. Pieces by Joseph Beuys and Jenny Holzer were here and there, but maybe most covetable was the furniture, by Gaetano Pesce, Ron Arad, Le Corbusier, and Jean Prouvé.

Meanwhile, across the Seine at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild—hardly a dump, either—Diego Della Valle and Karl Lagerfeld were celebrating their second Hogan collaboration, attended by the likes of M.I.A., pop star Bruno Mars, and Lagerfeld's usual coterie of girls, including Bianca Balti, Shu Pei Qin, Leigh Lezark, and Elisa Sednaoui. The highlights have to be the puffer jackets made from a material modeled after bubble wrap. "Karl's a genius," Della Valle crowed. But, no, they don't pop. Maybe next season. When asked about further collabs, DDV said, "I hope so."

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