Franca Sozzani is the editor of Vogue Italy. Today, March 14, she was honored by the President of the French Republic with the “Chevalier de Legion d’Honneur”. It is a major award given, in this case, for an outstanding contribution to the World of Fashion!
I had the honor of having been personally invited by Franca Sozzani. At the ceremony the medal presentation was made by President Sarkozy. The ceremony was preceded by a dinner hosted by the Italian Ambassador in the beautiful Italian Embassy in Paris. It was attended by Italian and foreign designers who offered praise on a special day to a special woman! We spent an hour in greetings, photos and interviews.
Luncheon was served in a salon ornamented with frescoes, gilded frames and windows through which we had a view of the magnificent park that surrounds the Embassy.
A central table for Franca Sozzani and at her side the Italian Ambassador and the president of Conde Nast.
The seats were assigned and I was lucky enough to be near a person whom I really admire – one of the greatest photographers in the world – Peter Lindbergh.
The luncheon was interesting and thoroughly enjoyable. The fashion world people intrigued me… I looked around… almost as if this world were not my own… I sometimes feel alien to it… why, I do not know… perhaps because I try to avoid its jealousy and gossip…
Time to go home to change… dark jacket, dark shirt with black tie… Very elegant! With all this black my hair looks whiter!
Back in the car for the ride to the Élysée Palace. I do not hide the fact that I felt somewhat emotional. The residence of the President of the French Republic had opened its gates to me at last. I had always admired it from the outside, now I can finally visit and shake hands with President Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni.
All the rooms were large Louis XV style. I enjoyed admiring the various ornaments on the framing the salons. The excitement increased and then, after a long presentation speech the President honored Franca Sozzani with the beautiful medal.
After the ceremony, we all rushed to shake hands and kiss Franca. At that moment I wanted to be alone with her, hug her and express my great esteem and friendship.
Well, a long day but very very interesting.
Un bacino a tutti…
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