PARIS, France – Mandarin Oriental, Paris celebrated its entry into Paris society yesterday with a glamorous gala attended by more than 500 celebrities, dignitaries and society guests.
Located on rue Saint-Honoré, one of the most fashionable streets in the world, surrounded by haute couture and only a few steps away from the city’s famous attractions, the red carpet event drew a stellar crowd. Celebrities included: Alain Delon. Liam Neeson; Maggie Cheung; Vanessa Mae; Kenzo Takada; Helene Grimaud; Bruno Frisoni; Pierre Gagnaire; Mireille Darc; Patricia Kaas. Frank Leboeuf; Aurélie Dupont and Julie Depardieu to name a few.
Guests were treated to a delightful evening of entertainment which included a performance from internationally renowned virtuoso violinist Vanessa Mae, an amazing display by the award winning Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe of China and a “dance of the fans” invoked by choreographer Blanca Li, whose show was inspired by Mandarin Oriental’s fan symbol.
The menu was designed by celebrity Chef Thierry Marx, the hotel’s resident chef, while music was provided by renowned French sound designer Béatrice Ardisson.
“This chic gala was the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of our luxury brand to Paris,” said Edouard Ettedgui, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Chief Executive. “We look forward to welcoming guests to our newest address, and to establishing the hotel as a benchmark in the city for service excellence, elegance and style,” he added.