On the eve of the second-last day of the Spring/Summer 2017 fashion month, the industry gathered inside the palatial Hôtel de Ville, where the Business of Fashion founder Imran Amed and Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, hosted a cocktail party to toast the BoF 500. Despite everyone being tired (exhausted and dehydrated were other words heard being thrown around) after a packed month, the ornate surroundings were an uplifting and fitting setting for the end of the calendar.
The event celebrated the BoF 500, the definitive list of the people shaping the global fashion industry, supported by principal partner QIC Global Real Estate with additional support from The Woolmark Company. BoF 500 members from over 40 countries attended the event and included BoF's own Tim Blanks, Mira Duma, Farfetch founder Jose Neves and his wife, ASAP54 founder Daniela Cecilio, Carine Roitfeld, Christine Centenera, and editors from multiple international editions of Vogue, Haider Ackermann, Clare Waight Keller, Delfina Delettrez, Mary Katrantzou, Lauren Santo Domingo, Caroline de Maigret, executives from Chanel, Hermès and both the LVMH and Kering Group.
A mirror installation by production company Bureau Betak (that created sets for Dior and Mary Kantrantzou's shows this season, among others) was set-up, and the event was also attended by founder Alexandre de Betak and his wife, Art Director and fashion consultant Sofia Sanchez de Betak (below).
Following inspirational speeches by Anne and Imran to commemorate the city's ties with the fashion industry, we were treated to music from Milanese DJ Marcelo Burton as well as a live performance by Parisian band the Burning Peacocks - comprised of model and Chanel muse Alma Jodorowsky and former sound engineer David Baudart.
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