Inside Jean-Louis Deniot’s Black Tie Leather Ball
Margot, of The Dolls, with Jean-Louis Deniot, Preparing for the Party in Paris

If you thought it a fashion sin to wear black leather to a black tie event, you’ll be longing for the dark side after seeing what happened in Paris one recent evening.

Held at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, a private 18th century mansion in the 8th arrondissement, “The Black Tie Leather Ball” marked French designer Jean-Louis Deniot’s 15 years in business, and celebrated the publication of the new monograph of his work, written by Diane Dorrans Saeks.

The atmosphere was imbued with a sense of mystery and dark glamour, the dance floor thick with a fog reminiscent of the opening sequence to Catherine Deneuve’s “The Hunger,” or of a Deborah Turbeville fashion shoot.

Attended by leading figures in fashion and interior design, who flew in from around the world for the event, the look of the evening was sophisticated, seductive and chic. Guests wore sexy masks, black leather haute couture, and a naughty attitude.

San Francisco’s Jay Jeffers and Michael Purdy paired their tuxedos with gorgeous leather horse masks designed by Bob Basset for Givenchy (found at Sui Generis), while several others wore exquisite pieces designed by Erik Halley. Artist and jewelry designer Herve van der Straeten made a stunning impression with his mask of golden spikes. Those with faces uncovered were menswear designer Neil Barrett from Milan, and interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, as well as William Holloway, Charlotte Moss, Jamie Creel, and Yiouri and Rita Augousti, among others.

“It was so chic,” says Saeks, who felt the party had a wonderful “‘the kids have inherited the mansion’ vibe”.

Posing in front of a floor-to-ceiling blowup of “Jean-Louis Deniot: Interiors”
Jean-Louis Deniot with Hea Deville, Marco Scarani and Jamie Creel

It’s an extraordinary time for Deniot — his 15th anniversary coincides with the international best-selling status of Diane Dorrans Saeks beautiful book about him (she’s known him since he went into business), “Jean-Louis Deniot: Interiors,” published by Rizzoli. The book is so popular people are already selling it on Amazon for three times the original price.

Selections from “Jean-Louis Deniot: Interiors” by Diane Dorrans Saeks. Photos by Xavier Bejot

While he has quietly become the most sought after designer among the international ultra-rich over the years, Saeks’ book has exposed his work to design lovers everywhere, with an attention to detail (information about sources, materials, paint colors, art), that makes it possible for readers to implement some of the ideas into their own projects.

In its review of the book, Architectural Digest said “It’s impossible not to be seduced by Jean-Louis Deniot’s exquisite designs.” And as Saeks’ pointed out recently, “He’s by far the most searched person I’ve written about on my blog, The Style Saloniste, in the last five years. He’s handsome and witty, and his work is inspiring to a broad range of designers.”

As these photos show, he also knows how to throw a party!

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