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Dita Von teese and Christian Louboutin. Photo: Stéphanie Feugéure

Dita Von teese and Christian Louboutin. Photo: Stéphanie Feugéure

Agata and Gerard Byrne at the opening of the Botanical Fusion Exhibition by artist Gerard Byrne. Photo: Kieran Harnett

Agata and Gerard Byrne at the opening of the Botanical Fusion Exhibition by artist Gerard Byrne. Photo: Kieran Harnett

Roxanne Parker and Daniel Holfeld. Photo: Colette McNally

Roxanne Parker and Daniel Holfeld. Photo: Colette McNally

Agnieszka Kepka and British Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett. Photo: Kieran Harnett

Agnieszka Kepka and British Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett. Photo: Kieran Harnett

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Dita Von teese and Christian Louboutin. Photo: Stéphanie Feugéure

I bid adieu to February with a week of exhibitions and later reflected on how good art and shoes are for the soul.

With Paris Fashion Week afoot, it was exciting to be able to take up an invitation from Christian Louboutin, the internationally renowned footwear designer, who invited us for cocktails and to have a sneak peek at his new exhibition before it opened to the public.

The last time I met the uber-talented French shoe designer was at his exclusive store at Brown Thomas Dublin, and I remember his Gallic charm but especially his sense of fun.

Christian knows how to throw a great party and his guests headed to the Palais de la Porte Dorée where the fun flowed. The queen of burlesque Dita Von Teese arrived wearing the most incredible duck-egg blue belted dress with metallic embellishment and posed for photos with Christian, showing off her gold stilettos with extra aplomb!

The guest list also included actresses Charlotte Rampling and Juliette Binoche, designer Diane Von Furstenberg with her model granddaughter, Princess Talita Von Furstenberg, and supermodel Karlie Kloss. The evening provided lots of delicious insights into the man who gave us red-soled shoes... but more of that to come in the weeks ahead.

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Agata and Gerard Byrne at the opening of the Botanical Fusion Exhibition by artist Gerard Byrne. Photo: Kieran Harnett

Agata and Gerard Byrne at the opening of the Botanical Fusion Exhibition by artist Gerard Byrne. Photo: Kieran Harnett

Agata and Gerard Byrne at the opening of the Botanical Fusion Exhibition by artist Gerard Byrne. Photo: Kieran Harnett

 

Meanwhile, back in Dublin, Gerard Byrne and his wife, Agata, held a party to launch his exhibition, Botanical Fusion: Singapore to Dublin. Gerard is my favourite modern Irish Impressionist and the exhibition, which runs at his Ranelagh gallery until March 29, was officially opened by Ron Bolger, Honorary Consul-General of Singapore in Ireland. It shows the great contrast between the Botanic Gardens in Singapore and Dublin.

Gerard has been painting for over 30 years and has become one of Ireland's leading contemporary artists. "The paintings capture not only what I see but also the energy of my surroundings," he says.

 

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Agnieszka Kepka and British Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett. Photo: Kieran Harnett

Agnieszka Kepka and British Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett. Photo: Kieran Harnett

Agnieszka Kepka and British Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett. Photo: Kieran Harnett

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Agnieszka Kepka, pictured with Robin Barnett, the British Ambassador to Ireland, at the Botanical Fusion exhibition at the Gerard Byrne Gallery on Chelmsford Road, Ranelagh.

 

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Roxanne Parker and Daniel Holfeld. Photo: Colette McNally

Roxanne Parker and Daniel Holfeld. Photo: Colette McNally

Roxanne Parker and Daniel Holfeld. Photo: Colette McNally

 

Stylist Roxanne Parker and fine-art photographer Daniel Holfeld were pictured at the Royal Institute of Architects for the opening of Daniel's latest exhibition, The Space Between.


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