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Elie Top, J.J. Martin, and Missoni Host Soirées in Paris

There were many  parties to choose from last night, but it sure looked as though Le Tout Paris—Catherine Deneuve, Inès de la Fressange, Kristin Scott Thomas, Marisa Berenson, and Alber Elbaz first among them—alighted at the launch of Elie Top’s signature jewelry line at the Galerie Mitterrand in the third. The cosmos-inspired pieces are less a reflection of the designer’s love of astronomy than his obsession with “divine mechanics,” he noted. “I wanted to fuse the Baroque nature of a 17th- or 18th-century cabinet of curiosities with absolute modernity.” No sooner had the deluge of guests ebbed than Top was submerged anew with a tidal wave of e-mails and texts about reserving the pieces. “Never did I once imagine such a warm reception,” said Top. “It’s beyond my wildest dreams.”

“Welcome to the maximalists!” J.J. Martin exclaimed as she greeted guests including Caroline de Maigret, Elizabeth Olsen, and Erin O’Connor in a private, Jacques Grange-decorated apartment overlooking the Seine on the Île Saint-Louis. In addition to her ’70s couture Balestra skirt and Oscar de la Renta jacket (current season), the co-hostess was wearing a 1979 Ugo Correani necklace from the 20-item collection she’s curated for MyTheresa. Additional pieces she’ll be selling on her own site, LaDoubleJ, were strung randomly over lamps and piled high on tables in an exotic pied-à-terre decorated with bold colors and taxidermied animals—monkeys, birds, and an Instagram attraction: two tigers in the bedroom.

Meanwhile, over on the Rue Saint-Honoré, Missoni was feting its new boutique. In a neat switch, the house traded places with the former occupant, Miu Miu, which now occupies the old address on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. “It was a win-win,” laughed Angela Missoni, who worked with Patricia Urquiola to revisit the feeling of the Milan boutique for Paris. “Every place has its own personality—you feel that you are in a Missoni home, but it’s a little different everywhere,” she said. The London shop is the next in line for a redo, to be followed in short order by a new perfume and a book reprising the family’s 62-year history, which will be published by Rizzoli.

—Tina Isaac-Goizé ,

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