This week saw a highlight for us when we were welcomed in the German Embassy to host a cocktail dînatoire for our “We are Paris 2017” issue bringing together a cool mix of Parisians and Germans led by the hosts German Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut and mytheresa.com CEO Michael Kliger, as well as accessories wizard Pierre Hardy; mytheresa.com added its signature floral decoration touch to the festivities.
They say it is the most beautiful German Embassy in the world and we say it is true. Achtung Mode managed to convince the strict ladies of the protocol on rue de Lille in Paris who oversee a fortune of antiques and other historically relevant treasures – after all Bismarck was ambassador here in 1862 – to do the first ever fashion shoot in the sacred halls of Hôtel de Beauharnais. But better, the shoot was so well received that last Tuesday, April 25th a group of 300 A-listers gathered on rue de Lille to toast the occasion on invitation of the Ambassador himself.
If you are curious how the night went, just take a closer look at some of our guest designers’ Instagram accounts and stories. No one could resist taking selfies and pictures in the beautiful and opulent rooms of the Hôtel de Beauharnais; follow our favorites Alexandre Mattiussi of AMI or Lutz Huelle, the Courrèges boys Arnaud and Sébastien and the Pallas tuxedo duo to name a few.
Together with our partner mytheresa.com, one of the world’s leading fashion etailers, we selected 13 new faces from Marilyn Agency to wear total looks from mytheresa.com Paris brands paired with Pierre Hardy shoes. Hardy is extensively profiled in our new issue as well as a key resource for mytheresa.com. We also had the privilege to have our good German designer friend Mr. Adrian Runhof dress two of the models in total looks from his collection as well as the wife of the Ambassador.
What better way to make an entrance on rue de Lille than with five beautiful 7 series BMW’s. This was definitely the case for our 13 dressed up models, Mr. Runhof and actress Amira Casar whom you can recognize in her role as Beatrice from the hit TV series “Versailles”. We couldn’t have asked for more prompt and professional chauffeurs to make sure our guests arrived in style. And yes, the car of choice for Mr. Meyer-Landrut is a BMW as you can see in our shoot.
Food and champagne was on everyone’s lips with a cocktail dînatoire menu by Embassy Chef de Cuisine Tobias Hellmann who kept surprising our guests with his variety of delicacies. He has an amazing CV with a stint at Germany’s Michelin star highlight Traube Tonbach. From the fine entrées of the “Tartare de boeuf légèrment fumé” to the main plates like the “Lasagnes aux champignons des bois, sauce au thym”, and finally to the desserts that kept on coming, the “Crème brûlée à la pistache”, “Emulsion de lait vanillé” and so much more. To add to the the Franco-Allemand mix, the wine came from Weingut Graf von Bentzel Sturmfeder to show that German wines can hold their own in Paris.