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Chanel's Saint-Tropez Festivities Start With a Screening and a Few Rounds of Bocce

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The town of Saint-Tropez has been a Riviera destination for Karl Lagerfeld for several years now. "More than I care to say," he told us Monday night after a screening of his latest short film, Remember Now. Starring Elisa Sednaoui, Leigh Lezark, Heidi Mount, and Pascal Greggory, the flick glorifies the 24-hour revelry in this coastal playground for the rich and grandiose—revelry that the house of Chanel is temporarily orchestrating. The screening was just part of the festivities leading up to the French label's resort show, which takes place tonight. The second phase of the opening night was an exciting game of bocce (don't worry: I didn't know what that was, either, but turns out it's pretty similar to the game of washers or horseshoes, which this reporter played back home in St. Louis—perhaps the only similarity between Saint cities Louis and Tropez).

People weren't messing around: "I want that trophy," Diane Kruger cooed to boyfriend Joshua Jackson, who promptly got on the case, pep-talking his team and organizing the duels. Poor Vanessa Paradis didn't stand a chance. "C'est impossible," she cried out to the photographers, who would launch an explosion of flashes every time she tried to hurl down her bocces. In the championship games, which took place after a buffet dinner at Le Café on the Place des Lices, Lagerfeld himself presided over the proceedings, which turned out to be a three-way showdown between the Italians, the French, and the Americans. As it happened, Lagerfeld's current man-muse, Baptiste Giabiconi, was rather good at the bocce. His final shot tipped the French to win the big title, a feat that apparently impressed his boss. I left at 2 a.m., a little tipsy and a lot jet-lagged—but the Kaiser was still there, between Amanda Harlech and his boys.

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