November 29, 2020

Purple Magazine Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Founder’s Birthday

BIRTHDAY SUIT: Even as it hits its quarter century milestone, Purple magazine knows how to create a stir. Would-be diners were shocked to be turned away at the door of famously always-open Brasserie Lipp, privatized for the independent magazine’s 25th anniversary dinner.
What cinched this unusual honor was as much Olivier Zahm’s continued patronage as it is his position as a lynchpin of Paris’ cultural establishment, general manager Claude Guittard revealed. “The brasserie has long been a home for fashion, but thanks to [Zahm], we remain in fashion because he brings people who make it today in Paris,” he said. The restaurant also hosts a literary prize, open to authors who have not yet claimed any other accolade.
Soon enough, the coveted ground floor and its tables were teeming with a diverse crowd that included designers Victoire de Castellane, Yaz Bukey, Olympia Le-Tan, Gareth Pugh, Vincent Darré, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Elie Top; actresses Chloë Sevigny, Arielle Dombasle and Lou Doillon; models Tamy Glauser, Caroline Vreeland and Grace Hartzel, and musicians Marlon Magnée, of French new wave band La Femme, and Lukas Ionesco. If fashion was heavily represented, Zahm’s art roots were not forgotten.
One notable absentee was French writer Bernard-Henri Lévy, who left

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