Louis Vuitton’s Big Trunk Show

By MILES SOCHA and KATYA FOREMAN  Photograph: A view of the “Louis Vuitton-Marc Jacobs” exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

Photo By Stéphane Feugère

PARIS — Le tout Paris, and an impressive slice of Hollywood, coursed through Les Arts Décoratifs here on Wednesday night to check out the new “Louis Vuitton-Marc Jacobs” exhibition, which runs through Sept. 16.


Gwyneth Paltrow, Harvey Weinstein, “Glee” star Dianna Agron and Sarah Jessica Parker were among the throngs.

Catherine Deneuve, having recently quit smoking, toured the displays with Vuitton honcho Yves Carcelle while puffing on a slim black electric cigarette, the end glowing bright red.

“Nice trunks,” Karl Lagerfeld opined as he whisked through the show with a sizable entourage, pausing before a stack of them.

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“Twilight” honeys Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart made a beeline for the VIP suite, parked themselves at a table and skirted all questions.

Given that Vuitton’s founder was a specialist in the packing of fashion, talk naturally turned to travel tips.

Takashi Murakami confessed he’s not a carry-on-only sort. “Minimum is three bags,” said the contemporary artist, dressed in a three-piece suit by Kazuki Yunoki that ended in plus fours.

Marisa Berenson is no light traveler either, but a neat one. “Very, very organized — lots of tissue paper, everything in a bag,” she said, letting slip she’ll be mounting an exhibition this June at the Mona Bismarck Foundation in Paris.

Paltrow switched into Goop mode when approached on the subject. “I always bring a black blazer because you can use it as a coat, you know, smarten up jeans, whatever,” she said. “And I always bring a pair of black leggings because you can always wear them with boots like pants; you can exercise in them, you can use them as sweatpants. And a T-shirt, because even with a blazer, T-shirt and black leggings, if you have jewelry, that’s your outfit, but you can also basically work out in it.”

Instead of dispensing tips, Sarah Jessica Parker was desperately seeking some. “I am an infamous overpacker, always inappropriate for the weather, you know — too few layers, too many layers,” she sighed.

Vuitton’s creative director, Marc Jacobs, was of the same school. “I’m the worst packer in the world. I mean, I’m meticulous about how I pack, but it takes me days and I always end up taking the exact same things, but it takes me days to figure out if I want to or not,” he explained. “So my tips for packing are: start early and take too much, because I’m always unhappy if I don’t have what I want when I leave.”

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