Come in Peace, Stay to Party
Paris fashion week heats up with a quintet (at least!) of bashes
"We come in peace!" joked Made's Mazdack Rassi at the dinner his organization and partner MAC threw at Les Deux Magots last night. The disclaimer didn't hurt: The group is taking Paris fashion week by storm. Eight years into its tenure supporting and sponsoring young designers' shows in New York, Made has lately expanded its reach to the City of Light, too. The labels that benefited from its largesse this season—including, among others, Gareth Pugh, Anthony Vaccarello, Piece d'Anarchive, and Jacquemus—are some of the most exciting in the ranks of up-and-comers. Not bad for a city that was formerly chided for supporting only the most established houses. "What I love about Paris right now is there's a lot of young talent," said John Demsey, group president of MAC's parent company, Estée Lauder. "And it's really the center of the world for fashion, no question about it. In what other country does what's happening on the runways make front-page news?"
Elsewhere, Pharrell Williams celebrated his new collaboration with Moncler at the label's recently bowed Faubourg Saint-Honoré store (followed by a dinner at nightlife legend Castel, where Williams sat with the couple he called his fashion "mentors," Jonathan and Ronnie Newhouse), and on the other side of the Seine, Acne was feting its new Saint-Germain store.
As the night wore on, many decamped to Balmain's after-hours bash at Le Bristol, where Jason Statham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley chatted gamely with the Brant brothers (oh, to be a fly on that wall!) and there were enough top models to cast an impromptu runway show, if anyone had cared to. (Come to think of it, there were enough Balmain outfits to costume one, too.) But the party of the night was Alexander Wang's light-, sound-, and smoke-filled rave-up for his Balenciaga collection—a taste of Bushwick in Paris, some attendees joked—capped off by a performance from M.I.A.