“The run-up to a show is always so intense,” he said. “You want each collection to be better than the last, so there is nothing better than just letting it all out and dancing the night away.” Doutzen Kroes and Courtney Love busted out moves nearby.
More subdued was Pamela Anderson, who declared herself “heartbroken” after the death of Playboy’s founder, Hugh Hefner. Almost tearful, she called him “the most important person in my life outside my family.”
As the week continued, so did the celebrations. New creative directors were given parties: Chloé welcomed Natacha Ramsay-Levi and Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller. Purple magazine celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Ralph Lauren store on Boulevard Saint-Germain. And Harper’s Bazaar toasted its 150th anniversary at the Ritz hotel.
But the prize for the biggest and most spectacular bash went to the unveiling of the new Louis Vuitton flagship on Monday. A golden sunburst, tall as the building, adorns a former hôtel particulier in Place Vendôme, the 18th-century plaza where the highest-end couture ateliers and jewelry workshops have long made their home. It is, in essence, a proclamation of the brand’s barely veiled ambition: that the world, or at least Paris, revolve around this sun.
“I heard that they might just keep that for a month,” said Alicia Vikander, who was among the actresses present, a throng including Julianne Moore, Jennifer Connelly, Michelle Williams and Laura Harrier of “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” “But I definitely think they should keep it.”
A raucous after-party also took place. When Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith took the stage together and performed the theme song to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” it seemed as if every smartphone in the city rose to record the moment.
“It’s very busy in there,” said Ruth Negga, as she stepped outside during cocktails. “It’s elegant and bright, and I’d really like to own everything in it.”