Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Gods And Party Monsters At Yazbukey’s Tenth Anniversary Bash

April 19, 2010 2:10 pm

Yaz Bukey and her sister Emel are Paris party girls extraordinaires, so their accessories

line Yazbukey’s tenth anniversary requires nothing less than ten parties to celebrate.

Yaz has a gift for revamping the classics—she designed a gift box for Paris’

primo macaronpurveyor Ladurée earlier this year, and created a mini collection of Barbie-inspired

Plexiglas baubles that will be available at Colette this May—and for her latest trick,

she made over the vintage Parisian vodka-and-caviar club Raspoutine into Yazpoutine.

The dimly lit, red velvet lair was stocked with Baba Yaga dolls, pictures of Russian folk dancers,

and ancient samovars. Jefferson Hack (pictured, with Laetitia Crahay and Josephine de la Baume),

Camille Bidault-Waddington, Mario Testino, Nicola Formichetti, Olivier Zahm, and Catherine Baba

stopped by for a “tableau vivant” performance by Paris’ House of Drama troupe.

(Emphasis on the vivant, not the tableau.) House of Drama’s Aymeric Bergada Du Cadet—

Bukey’s former design assistant—turned himself into a whirling dervish, assisted by the

troupe’s exotic dancers, before one and all fell to the floor for a moment of communal ecstasy.

Yaz herself joined the tableau as a deity of sorts, attired in a corset—her preferred stage attire.

But some things are apparently out of even a goddess’ hands. Bukey was scheduled to fly to NYC

the following morning to work with Zac Posen on the bags for his Z Spoke collection, but he’ll have

to wait until that Icelandic volcanic ash blows away from the European skyline.