The chic set celebrated the joy of high heels last night at the 10-year anniversary fête for Parisian cobbler Pierre Hardy. Actress Joana Preiss, who spent the majority of the night sitting down with the likes of friends Nicolas Ghesquière and Hide Nakata, explained that the real pain after breaking her foot two months ago in a freak pool accident wasn’t the fracture, the cast, or the healing. No, what upset Preiss was that she couldn’t wear the funky, metallic Hardy stilettos she loves. “But he has been helping ease the pain,” she smiled, pointing to a pair of flat crocodile boots the designer had given her for the evening. The relationship between pain and pleasure is integral to the sorts of shoes that Hardy prides himself on creating, of course. “Can you have one without the either?” he asked. Replied stylist Charlotte Stockdale, there with husband Marc Newson: “As long as they look good and sexy, it’s worth it.
It’s been reported recently that shoppers are now more interested in investment purchases—things like jewelry—than the throwaway clothes that seemed so indispensible in flusher economic times. So the challenge for a luxury jeweler these days is to remind customers that it exists. Boucheron did a good job of that in Paris last night at a party celebrating the brand’s collaboration with Marc Newson on a giant diamond necklace. Doormen and waiters were handsome male models wearing only tuxedo jackets and bowties, the first floor of the Place Vendôme’s store had been converted into a giant pink disco with a light-up floor, and upstairs, the necklace in question was perched next to a giant roulette table filled with Boucheron poker chips. But there was no distracting Lady Amanda Harlech from the bling. “It’s a work of art, something completely elaborate and impressive,” Karl Lagerfeld’s muse enthused about Newson’s fancy neckwear, continuing, “It’s like the Big Bang in diamonds, something that channels the algorithms of the human heart.” Newson himself wasn’t there for the accolades since he showed up a few hours into the fête, but he was excited about the night’s entertainment: “I think we got the Uzbekistan version of the Pussycat Dolls to perform, which will be amazing.” Not far behind him, engrossed in conversation with YSL’s Stefano Pilati, was Newson’s wife, the stylist Charlotte Stockdale. “I don’t get to keep it,” she said of the necklace. “I think I get the case, though.” As for those of you who’d like more than the empty box, Boucheron chose not to divulge the necklace’s price, but one publicist admitted it was an “ambitious” number.
Charlotte Stockdale is one half of a London-based power couple. In addition to designing the interior of New York’s Lever House restaurant, her husband, Marc Newson, is known for his funky, amoeba-shaped furniture and commissions for LVMH, Qantas, Nike, and the Gap. Stockdale, a stylist with her own impressive list of clients—Paul Smith, Dolce & Gabbana, and Patrick Cox—was in town helping Karl Lagerfeld style the Fendi show. We caught up with her before the show and asked her for her 2009 Milan fashion week likes and dislikes. “I am hating that jimble-jumble eighties look,” she groaned. “It’s neither modern nor desirable, and those who have chosen to pick it up have been too literal—it’s a look for the lazy.” She clarified: “When Marc Jacobs turns his mind to something he is able to twist it into something completely original, in his own brilliant way. It’s so attractive that everyone follows.” And her likes? “Minimal—it’s a real challenge. Raf Simons at Jil Sander is an ace at it.”