“I don’t need to buy anything,” said Bellucci. “They give it to me.”
Every woman should be so lucky as to celebrate her 60th birthday the way that Dior did in Paris this past September—with acres of roses, scoops of caviar and a guest list spanning the worlds of politics, fashion and Hollywood. French prime minister François Fillon and former first lady Bernadette Chirac came to toast Dior designer John Galliano at the Avenue Montaigne flagship, as did Marc Jacobs and Azzedine Alaïa. Alongside other Dior-clad lovelies like Juliette Binoche and Eva Herzigova, Sharon Stone gamely suffered in her excruciatingly high Dior couture wedges. (“Brutal,” she quipped.)
While some guests (like Elton John, who purchased two bags before his 45-minute set) shopped, others played it cool. Boasted Monica Bellucci, “I don’t need to buy anything—they give it to me.”
The next day the indefatigable Galliano jetted to London for gala number two—a dinner for more than 450 he was cohosting with Daphne Guinness and Alexandra Shulman to celebrate the “Golden Age of Couture” exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The partygoers included Prince and Courtney Love, as well as seemingly all of London’s usual social suspects—Kate Moss, Vivienne Westwood, Jade Jagger, Kevin Spacey and Emma Thompson.
The following night Matthew Williamson threw himself a party at the new British outpost of Bungalow 8 to celebrate his spring collection. Normally blasé guests like Sienna Miller and Elizabeth Jagger were in a tizzy over rumors that Prince, who had performed earlier that day at Williamson’s show, was going to reappear. “I don’t know what I’ll do if he comes. I have a Valium just in case,” gushed young designer Danielle Scutt. For the record, he did—not long after midnight.