Film, fashion, and petanque in the French Riviera

Photo by SplashNews

Photo by SplashNews

The French Riviera town of St. Tropez is used to high rollers but the sight of Karl Lagerfeld playing petanque in the Place des Lices stopped traffic on Monday night. It was the night before Chanel’s cruise collection so the legendary house threw a party that included a screening of a short film, Remember Now, directed by Lagerfeld, followed by games of petanque in the town square and a spirited dinner at a local café.

First guests filed into the Cinema de Renaissance for the 7pm “sharp” screening. In fashion time, that was more like 7:50pm as we waited for the snowy haired designer – dressed in a navy jacket with faded blue jeans and white cowboy boots – and his perfect model posse to file in. He was closely followed by his muse Lady Amanda Harlech, assistant Sebastien Jondeau, and beau Baptiste Giabiconi, a 21 year old model from nearby Marseille. The tiny theatre was packed with editors, a handful of celebs (including Diane Kruger, Joshua Jackson and NY dj Leigh Lezark) and the models in for the show – Natasha Poly, Anya Rubik, Georgia May Jagger, Karolina Kurkova and Crystal Renn to name just a few.

The 20 minute film featured top models and actress Elisa Sednaoui, an Italian / Egyptian model, in a look at the hedonistic party-hungry town of St. Tropez. A swirl of models dancing, flirting and partying, it had a slightly creepy vibe – a much older man (French actor Pascal Greggory) surrounded by sexually curious very young models. Lagerfeld, dressed all in white, had a cameo at the finale – he came across like God, a ghostly apparition, looking for lunch.

After the film wrapped, the audience headed outside to play petanque, a game involving metal balls, in teams of countries. The Canadian team, including Jeanne Beker and Bernadette Morra, advanced to meet the celebrity team including Diane Kruger and her Vancouverite boyfriend, Jackson. After the celebs creamed the Canadians – all in good fun – we went inside to eat, drink and dance.