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Nicky Haslam wasn’t the only one celebrating a birthday in London last night. British model Jacquetta Wheeler rang in another year, too, but instead of asking friends to hightail it to the southern outskirts of the city (you might as well have been in Surrey, Nicky!), Wheeler invited pals like Natalia Vodianova and Camilla Al Fayed to Momo’s off Regent Street for a spirited night of dancing. Turns out this isn’t just a birthday for Wheeler, who’s keeping the celebration going this weekend at the pile of bricks her parents own in the Kentish countryside. On Tuesday, the catwalker will head to Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, to do some Obama stumping in the swing state. “My little sister Charlotte has been there for six weeks already, and says they need all the help they can get,” Wheeler said in a moment when she wasn’t on the dance floor. “If Obama wins—no, when Obama wins and changes the world for the better, I’ll be able to say I had a part in that.”
It wasn’t easy finding Riccardo Tisci at his party at Régine’s on Thursday night. First you had to get into the club—no easy feat, considering that there were more French hipsters than you could shake a baguette at outside, all moaning to the doorman. Once inside the club, you would have had to work your way around the crush of people at the bar, which in this case was a gaggle of editors making googoo eyes at the Japanese soccer star Hide. Past that, on the way to the dance floor, there remained the task of navigating around Mary-Kate Olsen‘s crew, which had merged with the Euro social crew of Tatiana Santo Domingo, Camilla Al Fayed, and Fiona Scarry. Once you had attained the far side of the dance area, your quarry was finally in sight, sitting at a table with a few well-deserved bottles of Champagne, behind Astrid Muñoz and flanked by Natalia Vodianova and Mariacarla Boscono. “I’m having fun now,” Tisci said. “At last.” Everyone was having fun—Boscono and Vodianova even had an impromptu dance-off, during which the Russian beauty lost the gold bow that topped her black Givenchy look. “Ah, don’t worry,” the designer begged her as she searched the dance floor for the renegade accessory. “I think I can find you another one.”
If one were to measure the success of a fashion show by the number of people who crush into the backstage area after it’s over—which, in my opinion, anyway, is a fairly accurate barometer—it’s a safe bet that Riccardo Tisci’s show for Givenchy was the hottest ticket yet this week. After all, the likes of Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Margherita Missoni, and Vanessa Traina don’t normally wait in long, pushy queues. Once backstage, the crowd of well-wishers and merrymakers continued. Restoin-Roitfeld went hunting for the black patent leather Mickey Mouse-esque headbands that had just debuted on the runway; Mariacarla Boscono, a friend of Tisci’s for years, chatted with her parents until the designer finished attending to his merrymakers; and Natalia Vodianova passed around pictures of her three kids—she told me she hasn’t decided if she’s having any more—while she had her extensions removed. In another indication of Tisci’s sway with fashion folk, the models weren’t eager to leave at all, and were even willing to chat to journalists about their love of the collection. “I came here just for this show,” Frankie Rayder said, adding that she hadn’t done a show in four years and so had the occasional nervous attack on her way to Paris. “I was going to go home tomorrow, but Riccardo told me he’s doing a party. Which I guess I have to stay for. He’s amazing.”
I probably heard Wednesday’s big question a hundred times yesterday: Are you going to Sonia Rykiel? Are you going to Sonia Rykiel? There was a lot of vacillation. Natalia Vodianova was going to politely decline—as everyone was bemoaning, the venue was miles away, and she had Stella McCartney at 9:30 this morning—but then when Carine Roitfeld asked her to sit at her table, she bucked up the energy. And when it was revealed that the dinner that was to follow the show would be very placement and that the empty chairs would be identified for the world to see, that helped round up a few more people. Liz Goldwyn, who provided an essay on Sonia Rykiel for an upcoming exhibition on the designer’s work at the Louvre, wasn’t going to miss it for the world. “I admire Sonia Rykiel so much,” she said before the show began, adding that she and Dita Von Teese were waiting with bated breath to see what the designer would come up with. “She’s a strong woman, but knows the power of sex. She knows how to have her cake and wear a corset, too.” For Emma Watson, the highlight of the show was the finale, for which 30 designers—everyone from Karl Lagerfeld to Jeremy Scott to Olivier Theyskens—each created a tribute look to Madame Rykiel. “That was awesome!” the Harry Potter star said. “How come all the shows aren’t like that? I think they should be.” Watson wasn’t the only one who was moved. “After that, I’ve retired from shows for good,” said Irina Lazareanu, who had previously told me that she wasn’t going to do any shows this season. “I mean it!” Uh huh.
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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