Dita Von Teese, Nouvelle Parisienne
Elie Saab’s post-show party in his sweeping apartment in the 16th was well under way, with a parade of top French fashion editors, Princess al-Thani of Qatar, and a lavish Lebanese buffet, when Dita Von Teese swept in around midnight. France’s newest American expat, who now splits her time between Paris and her home in L.A., was a rare sight this fashion week: She attended the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac show (she’s dating the designer’s son, Louis Marie), but she’s mostly been settling into her new apartment near the Place des Vosges and getting the hang of the language. “When I am out grocery shopping in the neighborhood I can pretty much tell when people are talking about me, but that’s about it,” she said. “It’s a challenge, a different lifestyle, a new experience in a beautiful city.” The burlesque star is readying her Crazy Horse Paris show for a Las Vegas debut in late April. Saab designed some of her favorite costumes, one of which Von Teese wears in a bathtub number called Bain Noir.”It’s a sleek, femme fatale evening suit inspired by Mae West, with black bugle beads, sequins, and jet beading—like a tuxedo but with a skirt cut high on the thigh,” she explained. “I just showed up and it was done. He’s amazing.” Sounds like one to get the neighbors talking.
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