Ninette Murk on Lee Cooper auction:
About the auction & party:
Predicted to be the ‘feel good’ event of the week, the Project 100 auction opened Paris fashion week on Monday 29 September at the prestigious Drouot Montaigne auction house. The auction of 40 exclusive collaborations raised funds for the Red Cross and Designers against AIDS charities.
The auction was part of Lee Cooper’s centennial celebrations and a fitting tribute to a year worth of collaborations, sweat, tears, cajoling, hard-work and above all else, creativity and charity.
Busy from the offset, the crowd continued to grow and fuelled by copious amounts of flowing champagne served by Lou Doillon clad glamour girls, the auction began, slightly behind schedule (in true fashion week style) with a winning bid of 1000 euros for the Adriana Karembeu & Maison Massaro shoes. As expected, the Giles Deacon Tomi dress reached a more than honorable bid, 1800 euros. Some of the pieces sold for an impressive price were the Marshall Amplifier reaching 3000 euros and the JC de Castelbajac teddy bear sofa finally going under the hammer for a whopping 4500euros. The Land Rover fetched the highest price of the night. A ‘mystery’ bidder offered 27,000 euros without realizing her bid was final and as a result, she might be working a lot of overtime in the Lee Cooper marketing department.
Following the auction, the happy crowd made its way to les Bains Douches where the party really kicked off around midnight with fashionable party-goers queuing to have their photos taken and generally hanging about with many of the collaborators, Dino Dinco, Jeff Rutten, Bruno from WAD, Shuck One and Jean Charles de Castelbajac. The whole night drew to a close at 4am in the morning with everyone feeling slightly worse for wear and a little bit poorer – all in the name of a good cause.