December 2, 2020
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Lenny Kravitz Talks Diva Past at Paris Opera Ballet Opening Gala

LET’S DANCE: “Oh, how extraordinary,” marveled Marisa Berenson, taking in the grand staircase of the Palais Garnier ablaze with hot-hued flowers for the Thursday night opening fundraising gala for the 2017-’18 season of the Paris Opera Ballet. “It’s so transporting,” echoed her chaperone, Haider Ackermann.
On their heels was Simon Porte Jacquemus with Jeanne Damas. “I did classical dance to a very high level and right at the point where I was about to enter the Marseille opera, I abandoned it, though dance is still one of my great passions,” said the designer. “I’ve only ever been here once to see a Pina Bausch production, so I’m really excited about tonight,” he added, citing among his favorite costume references Pablo Picasso’s Cubist creations for the Ballets Russes in the early 20th century. When asked if that was the direction of his spring 2018 collection, due to be presented at the Picasso museum in Paris on Monday, he replied: “No, there’s no Picasso. It’s more Matisse in spirit.”
With guests including Clémence Poésy, Rick Owens, Giambattista Valli, Charlotte Casiraghi and Lenny Kravitz settled in their seats, the curtain lifted to reveal the stage opened all the way back to the cavernous Foyer de

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