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Gaultier sure cancan
To celebrate the coming together of fashion and Champagne - namely, a colab between Piper-Heidseick and Jean Paul Gaultier - the Champagne house held a bubbly evening of Parisian glamour at Dida's complete with French canapes, bubbles flowing all night long and the piece de resistance; high-kicking French Cancan dancers.
For a limited time only, the Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut will don fishnets and a mask inspired by the allure and glamour of the Parisian cabaret and nightlife, designed especially by Jean Paul Gaultier who of course created the famous lingerie-clad torso perfume bottles and is no stranger to making glass bottles look sexy.
The cocktail party, on Thursday 3 November at Didas Victoria Park, Auckland, saw the wine industry and friends get together for glasses of Piper-Heidsieck Brut Cuvee, delicious French inspired canapés and saucy entertainment from Oh Mes Ananas dancers in Cancan costume.
Oh Mes Ananas in full flight; skirts a-flying.
High kicks and fishnets galore.
The 2011 collaboration marks the second partnership between the two famous French houses. In 1999, Jean Paul Gaultier became the first couturier to dress a champagne bottle after he created a leather corset for Piper-Heidsieck.
New Zealand Brand Manager for Piper-Heidsieck, Prue Hill, pictured left below with Megan Robinson and Mary-Louise Dare, says Jean Paul Gaultier is the perfect match for the champagne. “Jean Paul Gaultier himself adores Piper-Heidsieck champagne, and is known to toast to the end of each and every one of his fashion shows with a glass of the liquid gold.”
Over the years, Piper-Heidsieck has also worked with some of the biggest names in fashion and design, from Viktor + Rolf to Jaime Hayon to Christian Louboutin.
Below: Drinking from the Christian Louboutin-designed glass slipper, which stems from a French ballet tradition of offering Champagne to courtesans to drink from their ballet shoes after performances.
Below: Guests at the party.
John Lai of Social Media NZ.
A Dida's waitress in costume pours Champagne for guests.
Kept on ice.
The Piper-Heidsieck “French Cancan” par Jean Paul Gaultier is available exclusively from Glengarry for $89.90 or visit www.glengarry.co.nz to order online.
Megan Robinson 4 November 2011
Photography Kevin Robinson
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