Duran Duran Draws a Crowd at Fendi's Paris Rager
It may be almost 30 years since Simon LeBon, John Taylor, and co. were cavorting on yachts in those landmark music videos, but the crowd at last night's Fendi O' party—Karl Lagerfeld, Lou Doillon, Alexandra Richards, and Stephen Dorff among them—hardly noticed. They were too busy bopping and singing along to Duran Duran's 1980's hits. "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Rio" were both on the playlist, but it was "White Lines" that really got people into a froth. LeBon used the opportunity to introduce "Boys Keep Swinging," a Bowie cover off their intriguing, upcoming Mark Ronson-produced album. "This is our first time doing it in front of anyone," he said, "so please forgive any screw-ups."
By the time they got to their "Girls on Film" encore, it was so hot that the walls of the venue, Paris' VIP Room, were sweating. Silvia Venturini Fendi pointed out what a fantastic accompaniment the tune made to the video for the brand's new fragrance Fan di Fendi. Starring Anja Rubik, Abbey Lee Kershaw, and Karmen Pedaru, the clip was playing behind the band. "It took me back to another time," Fendi said of the show. "But then my 14-year-old danced the entire night. Good music is forever."