January Jones, Dakota Fanning and Karlie Kloss were among guests to attend the Valentino after-party in Paris on Tuesday night hosted by creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. It had a Happening theme, referencing the performance-art movement of the Fifties and Sixties that valued viewer participation and also served as inspiration for the label’s fall collection.
The theme was manifest at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in weird and wonderful ways. In one dark corridor, the walls came to life as limbs reached out through black spandex. It led to a taxidermy room featuring a life-size polar bear and voguing dancers. A fire-eater wandered the garden.
“It’s a celebration of life, living rather than posting your life,” said Piccioli, who must not have noticed that the bear became a selfie station with revelers lining up for snaps.
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“I love to dance,” said Chiuri, taking a breather. “I love Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder.”
“I feel more Bee Gees, John Travolta,” Piccioli countered.
“It’s very fun,” added Fanning about the happening. “I really enjoyed making my way through the different rooms.”
The actress, who recently worked with Ewan McGregor on “American Pastoral” and on “Brimstone” alongside Guy Pearce, revealed she has a sweet tooth. “I go to Ladurée every time I am in Paris, even though there’s Ladurée in New York,” she said.
Jones explained she likes “food and fashion” most in Paris. “We’ve only been here one day and we had three amazing meals,” she said. “We went to Brasserie Lipp and La Fontaine de Mars,” ticked off the actress, whose signing on as a face for Kérastase was announced earlier in the day. Jones just wrapped up season two of the TV show “The Last Man on Earth,” which she called “a nice departure from ‘Mad Men.’ ”
Jeanne Damas is set to star in Guillaume Canet’s new film. “I play a journalist,” she said. The Parisian it-girl is also launching a 25-piece fashion collection online next month.
Anna Brewster and Karen Elson were among others at the bash.
“I am going to make an Irish exit,” warned Elson, before slipping into the late night.
— Article by Laure Guilbault