Julianne Moore, Juliette Binoche Among Stars at New Bulgari Monument Unveiling
PARIS – “Italian Magnificence” met French glamour on Thursday night when luxury jewelry house Bulgari hosted a cocktail to fete the opening of a new “Bulgari: 125 Years of Italian Magnificence” at Le Grand Palais in Paris.
The colossal Parisian monument was bejeweled with stars from across the globe including Julianne Moore, Lenny Kravitz and Clive Owen who all took time to make their rounds through the eight galleries that trace the major events in Bulgari’s history from the opening of its first shop on the Via Sistina in 1884 to its modern day influence on global fashion.
A-list French talent including rock star Johnny Hallyday, French Vogue Editor Carine Roitfeld, actresses Juliette Binoche and Princess Clotilde Courau and director Claude Lelouch joined the Bulgari family for champagne cocktails and a preview of the vast expo that will run from Dec. 10 through Jan. 12 in the French capital.
VIP guests spent the evening gazing at a massive diamond configuration made of mirrors in the center of the Grand Palais’ glass dome.
Fashion met art met cinema in one of the galleries devoted exclusively to jewels worn by screen legends of the 1950s and 1960s including Claudia Cardinale, Ingrid Bergman and Sophia Loren among others.
Another gallery displayed jewelry from Elizabeth Taylor’s personal collection including the now famous “Grand Duchess Vladimir’s Suite” brooch and necklace with matching earrings, a gift from Richard Burton during their tempestuous love affair.
The expo is part of Bulgari’s global 125th anniversary celebration.