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In Paris, Celebrating Women Who Go Their Own Way: Cindy Sherman and Les Femmes de Chloé


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"What I love about Cindy Sherman is that she gives herself the freedom of being her own woman—or every woman—and you can just tell she is having a blast," said Alexia Niedzielski last night at the the Gagosian, where Diane von Furstenberg, Elettra Wiedemann, and Elizabeth von Guttman were among the early arrivals at Sherman's first show at the gallery's Paris venue, a prelude to a private cocktail party in the artist's honor over at Deyrolle.

Sherman's new series of large-format landscapes, featuring her first foray into digital, was spun out from a shoot she did for Dasha Zhukova at Pop magazine. In it, Sherman wears a selection of dresses from the Chanel archives, from the twenties to the present day, set against rustic and painterly backgrounds. "I love fashion and spend a lot on it—I've bought 14 pairs of shoes in the few days since I arrived," Sherman laughed, "so this turned out to be a 'mutual admiration' collection." The Paris fashion crowd will probably get to see a lot more of her in the coming months, too: Sherman has found a Paris flat and will be moving here to fulfill her lifelong dream of learning French.

Meanwhile, the fashion world flocked to the Palais de Tokyo and to the 60th anniversary of Chloé by taking in a retrospective of pieces from its six decades and nine key designers. Even those nine declared they were impressed. "I forget everything—I have no archives, nothing. I don't care about my old dresses," quipped onetime Chloé head Karl Lagerfeld. "But I think they're not bad." "[This show] gives me great hope. I see so many young people from all over; it's wonderful," added Gaby Aghion, the label's founder. "Seeing Chloé still young makes me feel free." Freedom was the word of the evening for Chloé's current steward, Clare Waight Keller, too. "What I love about Chloé is that she lives her life freely and inspires everyone else to do so," she said, before guests moved down to a party lounge for musical performances by Hollysiz, Little Boots, Nervo, and Cleo Le-Tan. "The attitude is: This is now and I am wearing it."

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