Franca Sozzani Recieving Légion d’Honneur (Legion of honour)
the highest decoration the French Republic can award, personally from President Nicolas Sarkozy.
It is recognition for Sozzani herself, but also for the Italy that isn’t afraid of taking risks and putting creativity first, making it the agent provocateur of huge changes.
6.30 PM: Presentation of the Légion d’Honneur
5.30 PM: first arrivals at the Élysée.
1.00 PM: Before this afternoon’s ceremony at the Élysée, there has been a lunch held at the Italian embassy in Paris. The guests included some of the big names in fashion, art and politics. As well as the Italian ambassador to France, Giovanni Caracciolo di Vietri, and the Chairman of Condé Nast International, Jonathan Newhouse, attending were Karl Lagerfeld, Haider Ackermann, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, the artist Francesco Vezzoli, Lapo Elkann, Lee Radziwill (sister of Jackie Kennedy-Onassis), the journalist Suzy Menkes, Paolo Roversi, Peter Lindbergh and Steve Hiett.