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$100,000 handbags, diamond-studded cuffs — the luxuries of Hermès applauded by VIP crowd

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009, Hermes festival, October 2012, Trang Trinh, Marc Nguyen, Duyen Huynh
Trang Trinh, Marc Nguyen, Duyen Huynh Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
007, Hermes festival, October 2012, Artisan, Penny Wright, Sharon Morgan
Penny Wright, Sharon Morgan Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
011, Hermes festival, October 2012, Bob Chavez, Randy Powers
Bob Chavez, Randy Powers Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
016, Hermes festival, October 2012, Heather McLeskey, Louis Perez
Heather McLeskey, Louis Perez Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
019, Hermes festival, October 2012, Robert Lane, Kaitlin Mandic, Douglas Glover
Robert Lane, Kaitlin Mandic, Douglas Glover Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
013, Hermes festival, October 2012, Alan Conover, Brian McCulloch, Chris Kapogiannis, Jeremy Garcia
Alan Conover, Brian McCulloch, Chris Kapogiannis, Jeremy Garcia Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
017, Hermes festival, October 2012, Artisan
Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
014, Hermes festival, October 2012, Todd Forrester, Kelli Kickerillo
Todd Forrester, Kelli Kickerillo Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
003, Hermes festival, October 2012, Daniel Irion, Kirk Kveton
Daniel Irion, Kirk Kveton Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
004, Hermes festival, October 2012, Susan George, Mindy Hildebrand
Susan George, Mindy Hildebrand Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
010, Hermes festival, October 2012, Brandon Cochran, Audrey Cochran, Monica Hartland, John Blaisdell
Brandon Cochran, Audrey Cochran, Monica Hartland, John Blaisdell Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
012, Hermes festival, October 2012, Elizabeth Oliver, Dene Oliver
Elizabeth Oliver, Dene Oliver Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
005, Hermes festival, October 2012, Tana Wood, Dena Prasher
Tana Wood, Dena Prasher Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
008, Hermes festival, October 2012, Paula Fyhr, Sharin Norman
Paula Fyhr, Sharin Norman Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
018, Hermes festival, October 2012, Denka Wangdi, Gil Coelho, Joy Wangdi
Denka Wangdi, Gil Coelho, Joy Wangdi Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
009, Hermes festival, October 2012, Trang Trinh, Marc Nguyen, Duyen Huynh
007, Hermes festival, October 2012, Artisan, Penny Wright, Sharon Morgan
011, Hermes festival, October 2012, Bob Chavez, Randy Powers
016, Hermes festival, October 2012, Heather McLeskey, Louis Perez
019, Hermes festival, October 2012, Robert Lane, Kaitlin Mandic, Douglas Glover
013, Hermes festival, October 2012, Alan Conover, Brian McCulloch, Chris Kapogiannis, Jeremy Garcia
017, Hermes festival, October 2012, Artisan
014, Hermes festival, October 2012, Todd Forrester, Kelli Kickerillo
003, Hermes festival, October 2012, Daniel Irion, Kirk Kveton
004, Hermes festival, October 2012, Susan George, Mindy Hildebrand
010, Hermes festival, October 2012, Brandon Cochran, Audrey Cochran, Monica Hartland, John Blaisdell
012, Hermes festival, October 2012, Elizabeth Oliver, Dene Oliver
005, Hermes festival, October 2012, Tana Wood, Dena Prasher
008, Hermes festival, October 2012, Paula Fyhr, Sharin Norman
018, Hermes festival, October 2012, Denka Wangdi, Gil Coelho, Joy Wangdi

Luxury goods player Hermès strutted its impressive social prowess Tuesday night with a swank party that drew an exceptionally stylish crowd for the VIP launch of the Festival des Metiérs.

Let's start with the elegant, 5,000-square-foot party tent, erected in the vast parking lot behind the Hermès boutique in BLVD Place. Created by Italian interior designer Paola Navone, the tent features Hermès-inspired carpeting so grand as to have interior decorater Randy Powers swoon, "What are you doing with this when the party's over? I want it!"

Wiry sculptural arches in the signature Hermès orange and complementary colors played through the space where stations spotlighted each of the 10 Hermès artisans, flown in from France to display their special skills.

Those who owned anything Hermès carried it, wore it, dangled it. 

Hermès customer Marcy Taub Wessel was among those admiring the surroundings. "This is awesome. I'm so blown away," she exclaimed. "I love Hermès. It's a classic."

Had party host Hermès USA CEO Bob Chavez heard the comment, he undoubtedly would have been pleased, Wessel's sentiment echoing that of visitors in New York and San Francisco, where, in the latter city alone, more than 17,000 toured the festival. The public is invited to visit and view the craftsmen at work through Sunday.

On this night, it was Centurion-packing customers, tastemakers and friends of the house who made the invitation-only guest list. Those who owned anything Hermès carried it, wore it, dangled it. We were particularly taken with partners Kirk Kveton and Daniel Irion, who each carried his own travel-sized Haut à Courroies. And, oh, how we envied Duyen Huynh for her lavender crock Birkin. (That baby, depending on material, can easily price at the six-figure level.)

While servers from A Fare Extraordinaire kept busy pouring champagne and French wine and offering a wealth of rich hors d'oeuvres (three varieties of raw oysters), the well-heeled crowd circled the stylish landscape. Most were absorbed by the printing station for scarves and others were mesmerized by the jeweler applying rose-hued diamonds to pyramid-shaped studs destined for the Collier de Chien bracelet in rose gold. That beauty would set you back somewhere around $100,000.

Soaking in the luxe atmosphere were Audrey and Brandon Cochran, Monica Hartland and John Blaisdell, Kelli Kickerillo and Todd Forester, Sharon Morgan, Penny Wright, Mindy Hildebrand, Tana WoodDena Prasher and Lorraine and Ed Wulfe, BLVD Place developer.

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