Paris, Italy

Gucci Toasts Its Rue Royale Store, Another Turns 10 at Le Stresa


Frida Giannini and Kate Moss   
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It was one of those nights in Paris when a body was spoiled for choice. The first stops on the itinerary: drinks with Van Cleef & Arpels early in the evening, then a celebration of Gucci's remodeled store on the Rue Royale.

Beauties galore turned out to support the Italian house's creative director, Frida Giannini: Diane Kruger, Jessica Alba, Laetitia Casta, Tali Lennox, and the stupendous Gemma Arterton, who wants all of you to watch her movie, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, because it is quite possibly the most powerful film no one has ever seen. It being the day after Oscar noms were announced, Frida was wondering about the chances of her boy, James Franco. She admitted she couldn't make it through the scene in 127 Hours in which the Gucci fragrance ad star has to amputate his own arm. She had spent the last bit of the movie in the bathroom. Franco was bitterly disappointed.

Then it was off to dinner, or rather, dinners. While Carine Roitfeld was hosting Giannini and co. at the Italian embassy, Ella Krasner and "cultural diplomacy festival organization" Liberatum were busy honoring a decade of Another Magazine. Le Stresa provided the backdrop, and as it's a restaurant with a lot of happy memories for a lot of people, the evening was awash with good vibes. Proof that Another's Jefferson Hack effortlessly straddles worlds could be found in a guest list that included Daphne Guinness, Rick Owens, Stephen Jones, Riccardo Tisci, Amanda Eliasch, and late arrival Marianne Faithfull. Even later came Kate Moss, delivered safely by Suzy Menkes after the Gucci dinner. Rapprochement ruled as old scores were settled under the influence of Le Stresa's food and wine.

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