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paris fashion week: balenciaga’s resident aliens


Balenciaga pulled off the stealth fashion party of the week on Tuesday night with an under-the-radar gathering at Le Baron. On the stroke of midnight, the diminutive boîte suddenly swelled with in-crowd guests such as Natalia Vodianova (in an ice-blue draped number) and husband Justin Portman, Zoë Kravitz, Purple‘s Olivier Zahm, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Pierre Hardy, Michael Roberts, Hamish Bowles, and club co-founder André Saraiva—who is not only an artist and nightclub impresario but also a newly minted designer himself. Vodianova, whose sole Paris appearance was for Balenciaga, rhapsodized over Nicolas Ghesquière’s collection in a very literary way: “Nicolas always creates the perfect mix between aliens and female beauty,” she said. “They were exciting, cosmic clothes. They reminded me of the Tolstoy novel Aelita, about two guys who travel to Mars and discover aliens—and there’s a love story. It’s very Nicolas, I have to send it to him!”

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