Parties : Ferragamo's Parisian Fate, A Post-resort Show Dinner at the Louvre
When the Ferragamo family sent a save-the-date for June 12 to a list of
the internationally glamorous, the folks at Salvatore Ferragamo—who of
course, hail from sunny Italy—might have assumed they’d be safe with the
weather in Paris. In a normal year, they probably would, except that
European weather, in sympathy with the storms buffeting the euro, has
decided to act distinctly more like October than June these past few
weeks. Undaunted, guests who had flown in from four corners of the world
for the semi open-air show (it was held under the beautiful colonnades
of the Louvre) variously responded with female grit or ingenuity to the
wardrobe challenge. Some defied summer convention and turned up in fur.
Many resourcefully styled themselves in the pashminas and fleece
blankets Ferragamo thoughtfully laid on their seats for the show.
Others, fashion stoics to the core, awed fellow guests by simply rising
above the inconvenience by simply refusing to acknowledge the rain and
the cold: amongst them, the lace and chiffon-clad yet resolutely
unshivering Fan Bing-Bing,Hilary Swank, Claire and Virginie Courtin-Clarins, and Freida Pinto. Still, all was forgotten when the 700-strong gathering descended to a space below I. M. Pei’s glass pyramid, to enjoy dinner hosted by Massimiliano Giornetti that continued well into the night.