Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Perrier-Jouët Journey (II): Bicentenary Gala Dinner

On 21st March, the first day of Spring, I had the honour to attend the bicentenary celebration by Champagne House Perrier-Jouët. At the gala dinner, the 'Bi-Centenaire'—the very first Living Legacy champagne designed to be passed on to future generations, was also officially unveiled.

Set in the stunning glass courtyard of the iconic Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, it symbolises Perrier-Jouët’s passionate family spirit for passing on artisanal and artistic craftsmanship.

The grand entrance of Beaux-arts de Paris
© Marc-Andre Dessanges

The beautiful event setup inside Beaux-arts de Paris
© Marc-Andre Dessanges

I wore a Matthew Williamson for H&M dress to the gala.

An exclusive guest list of 200 guests from 10 countries attended this private launch by the house renowned globally for its Belle Époque Cuvée.

Jerry Hall and daughter Georgia May Jagger
© Marc-Andre Dessanges

French Movie star Alain Delon and daughter Anouchka
© Marc-Andre Dessanges

English singer and songwriter VV Brown also provided entertainment for the night. © Marc-Andre Dessanges

Stars of the night, American artist Daniel Arsham and Chef de Cave Hervé Deschamps. © Marc-Andre Dessanges

A beautiful guest from China named Ms Wang. Love her dress and the way she did her hair. © Marc-Andre Dessanges

Another beautiful guest from China named Ms Yip
© Marc-Andre Dessanges

Amongst the other VIP guests were also Catherine Deneuve and son Christian Vadim, Spanish choreographer and dancer Blanca Li, English designer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran and daughter Sophie, designer Noë Duchaufour-Lawrance, French TV presenter Stephane Bern, Japanese art photographer Makiko Takehara, Spanish Fashion Designer Isaac Reina, Michelin star Chefs Albert & Alain Roux.

Guests also enjoyed a unique exhibition of photographic portraits by legendary Studio Harcourt, showcasing iconic examples of family legacy. (I will write another entry for this and showcase the entire series of portraits)

When the time for dinner came, the dining hall was unveiled with screens being lifted amidst the light projection. What a surprise!

Guests were treated to Belle Époque Cuvées and a sumptuous champagne-paired celebratory dinner orchestrated by notorious French Chefs Jean-Louis Nomicos and his mentor Alain Ducasse.

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