Karen Elson Wows the Fashion Set at Vivier Book Launch

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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Fifth Avenue’s French Embassy was all a-buzz Thursday evening (within minutes of the event’s 7pm starting time) as Roger Vivier Creative Director Bruno Frisoni and muse/Brand Ambassador Ines de la Fressange hosted an elegant cocktail fete to toast the launch of the iconic brand’s eponymous new book, published by Rizzoli New York.

We at AVENUEinsider made our way up a grand set of stairs adorned by candles, giant white roses, and oversized images from the coffee table tome, which took us through the world of Roger Vivier, past and present.  Frisoni insisted, however, that the book is not a conventional retrospective. “We are celebrating our history, but also continually thinking of our future and outside the box,” he told us.

Genevieve Jones, Coco Rocha, Anh Duong, Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea, Muriel Brandolini, Linda Fargo, Tabitha Simmons, Olivier Theyskens, Arianna Huffington, and Harley Viera-Newton (who DJ’d the evening) were just a few of the notables who paid their respects to the Parisian luxury Maison. The highlight of the evening came about halfway through the celebration, when model/chanteuse Karen Elson—in Vivier and a black Saint Laurent sheath—performed a 20 minute set from her latest album “The Ghost Who Walks.” The alabaster skinned red head—who confessed to still getting a touch of nerves both on the concert stage and on the runway – told AVENUEinsider: “fashion is also a performance art —how you present yourself. It’s all tied together.” In this case, to elegant perfection.


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