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Contrasts. Cartier, for the launch dinner of the new Clash collection, celebrated in a former prison. Clash de Cartier is an aesthetic revolution of the Maison, a clash between classicism and rock. Clash is dualism, as is Paris: here minimalism and complexity are combined, geometries and soft lines, fasti and débacle – Marie-Antoinette that from the golds of Versailles party ends up in chains at La Conciergerie, on the Île de la Cité.

La Conciergerie – what remains today of the ancient Palais de la Cité, residence of the kings of France from the 10th to the 14th centuries – was the antechamber of the guillotine during the Revolution. It is said that around 1,200 prisoners were imprisoned at the same time, who were hearing trials and sentences from the adjoining courthouse – in addition to Marie Antoinette, Andrea Chénier, the sister of King Louis XVI and the Countess du Barry.

Cartier welcomed under the gothic vaults of the Conciergerie more than three hundred guests – french fries after dessert. In addition to Kaya Scodelario, face of the campaign – in 2007 was Effy Stonem in the English series Skins –, there were Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Sofia Coppola. Dancers, stilt walkers and jugglers animated the halls of the building, anticipating the performance of Christine and the Queens. After the French singer, Billy idol, who sang Dancing With Myself.

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