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A Big Send-Off for Louis Vuitton's First Fine Jewelry Collection

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Louis Vuitton knows a thing or two about getting things done. They proved that twice in Paris on Wednesday, first with a fashion show at the Louvre that started exactly when they said it would (much to the distress of a few tardy editors), and then later that evening, when they hosted a glamorous fête in a hôtel particulier for the brand's very first fine jewelry collection. The foyer, first floor, and backyard had been converted into a disco, and on the floor above there was a darkened maze that led to the display of spectacular precious stones. One of the party's hosts, LVMH's Yves Carcelle, was giving tours to the VIPs. "This is a very difficult cut," he told Michelle Yeoh. "You have to be bold to even attempt that shape, as the stone can crumble with one wrong incision." The actress pronounced herself "gobsmacked."

Downstairs, things were turning steamy and crowded, a trend this Paris fashion week for parties. Leighton Meester, getting some fresh air outside, was only in town for a few days, but said that even with the night's sudden inclement weather, she was in love with Paris. "This city is so great, and Marc's collection was amazing. It'll be hard to go back to New York and back to work on Friday," she said, adding that she doesn't think the giant Afros Jacobs showed this season would be appearing on Gossip Girl. The designer swooped in to say hi to the actress, and then he said something that was no doubt on the minds of more than one fashion person at the end of a month of shows. "Everyone is asking if I'm having fun, and I am," he smiled. "But to be honest, I'm just happy to be standing up right now."

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