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Tod's Hits High and Low for Its Bash in the City of Light

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"I love how they throw parties here. It's far-out, right?" said Nicole Kidman, the guest of honor at last night's Tod's fête. As far as party venues go, this one was hard to beat: Tod's chairman Diego Della Valle had coaxed the Italian ambassador to France into opening his doors for an evening for the likes of Margherita Missoni, Coco Brandolini, and Eugenie Niarchos. "I can't believe all the places we get to sneak into," said Elle's Kate Lanphear, wide-eyed, before waltzing in to peek at the house's Fall '12 Signature collection.

The collection was inspired by Tod's classic insignia and appeared not only in the flesh—maybe more accurate to say in the skin—but also in the form of a film that was projected onto the embassy's ceiling. Kidman professed herself a fan. "I have a huge affection for Italy and all things Italian," she said. "In fact, I consider myself to be slightly Italian." (She spent a lot of time there in her youth, she explained, and can even count en italiano.)

Where can one go after an embassy? This party segued to a dinner, with Kidman joining Della Valle and co. at Lapérouse. The chic eatery in Paris' sixth arrondissement has a famous past: It's a former brothel. "I didn't know that!" the actress exclaimed when told of the spot's past life. "Sounds like it's gonna be a good night."

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