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SOCIETY: BATTLE AT VERSAILLES MOVIE PREMIERE

Saturday, March 19, 2016
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On November 28, 1973, the world’s social elite gathered at the Palace of Versailles for an international fashion show. By the time the curtain came down on the evening’s spectacle, history had been made and the industry had been forever transformed. This is that story.

I was pleased to be able to celebrate with M2M and Maybelline New York the premiere of “Battle At Versailles,” an original documentary by M2M Films.

“Battle At Versailles” is a remembrance of the evening when American designers Oscar de la Renta, Stephen Burrows, Halston, Bill Blass, and Anne Klein went head to head against French designers Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Dior, and Hubert de Givenchy in the world’s foremost citadel of opulence, the Palace of Versailles.

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Following the premiere at The Paris Theatre, we made our way to the after party at The Rose Club in The Plaza Hotel.

What can I say? The movie was phenomenal (definitely recommend watching it), everyone was dressed to impress, and the Plaza never disappoints.

Some of the guest list included China Machado, Nancy North, Gunilla Lindblad, Jane Holzer; Bruce Willis and Emma Heming Willis and Susanne Bartsch. It was a great evening of remembrance and furthermore, it inspired me to work harder and be better, because anything is possible if we set our hearts to it.

The night made me long for Paris.. if you’ve never toured the Palace of Versailles, make it the top of your list. It takes your breath away.

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(China Machado, center) who modeled at the Battle of Versailles, photo courtsey of nytimes.com)

 

“BATTLE AT VERSAILLES” WILL PREMIERE SUNDAY, MARCH 6 ON M2M.TV, APPLE TV, ROKU, ANDROID TV, AMAZON FIRE TV, AND VIA M2M ON IOS. 

ABOUT THE FILM:

The Americans at the Battle of Versailles- Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Anne Klein, Halston, and Stephen Burrows – showed their work against the five French designers considered the best in the world – Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, and Marc Bohan of Christian Dior. Plagued by in-fighting, outsized egos, shoestring budgets, and innumerable technical difficulties, the American contingent had little chance of meeting the European’s exquisite and refined standards. But against all odds, the American energy and the domination by the fearless models sent the audience reeling.

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