Songs in the Key of G

Alicia Keys Takes the Mike At Givenchy's Packed After-Party


Alicia Keys and Riccardo Tisci   
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"I'm just in love with Riccardo and Givenchy!" cooed Alicia Keys at last night's Givenchy party. She expressed her love with Tisci's favorite song, "Empire State of Mind," encouraging guests like Joan Smalls, Laetitia Casta, and last-season's performer, Sky Ferreira, to sing along.

Keys' performance more or less set the tone for the evening. And that tone was love fest. The likes of Sean Combs and Marina Abramovic crowded into Paris' L'Arc nightclub, and the ever emphatic Catherine Baba might've spoken for any of them (albeit in language very much her own) when she crowed, "J'adore! Divine!" The weather in Paris has been wet and wretched, but it takes more than that to stop this party. "I got stuck in the rain for a minute, but I'm English, so I'm used to it," laughed Lily Donaldson, who turned up in a pleated white Dior frock. And certainly no one expected anything as ordinary as the weather to hold back Anna Dello Russo. "I love fashion so much. If it's raining, snowing, whatever, I always enjoy the shows," she said, decked out in a white Givenchy look from Spring.

All affection wasn't lost on Tisci, who walked in with an ear-to-ear grin. "I'm so happy," he said, en route to the VIP section, where tables were garnished with black and white macarons and Moët bottles embellished with "Givenchy" in crystal. "It's been a very positive but very intense beginning of the year."

Intense is one way to describe the designer shake-ups that have gripped Paris and the ongoing speculation about Dior. With Stefano Pilati's final YSL show set for today, the topic was on everyone's mind. "This season is like changer la dame, like at the ball," Dello Russo said. "But I think it's a good thing. Change in fashion is always good because fashion is all about change."

That may be so, but at Givenchy, consistency seems to be working just fine.

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