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The Sidaction Ball Closes Paris Couture Week


Leelee Sobieski   
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For a decade now, the Sidaction Diner de la Mode benefit gala for AIDS research has been a high-wattage conclusion to the January Couture shows, and last night's glamorous roundup of political, cultural, and fashion heavyweights was no exception.

First Lady Valerie Trierweiler and former culture minister Jack Lang joined Pierre Bergé at the head table, while movie stars like Hilary Swank mingled with up-and-coming talents such as Claire Boucher, a.k.a. Grimes. Fresh off her first fashion week, Grimes said she found lots of inspiration on the Chanel runway for upcoming projects, among them a possible film. "Fashion impacts music in ways that are crazy," she said. "I think there's still lots of room for performers to engage with fashion and do something creative and relevant without being overly sexual."

There were whoops and cheers as guests tore through envelopes for 206 raffle prizes (among them an Hermès agenda, a pair of Louboutins, and bags by Chanel, Chloé, and Lanvin); the event raised $973,000 for AIDS research. Meanwhile, the fashion set talked about upcoming plans. For Lacoste designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista, that includes anniversary celebrations (eighty years for Lacoste, ten for his own line) and presiding over the fashion jury at Hyères. And for Dita Von Teese, it was a third perfume, lingerie, and a capsule collection of dresses, copies lifted from her own vintage wardrobe. Bucking the trend was Isabel Marant: "I've just finished moving my entire company," she said. "Next, I'm doing as little as possible!"

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