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Peter Marino and Sidney Toledano, both industry giants in their respective artistry were honored at (FIAF) The French Institute Alliance Française’s gala on Monday, November 13, 2017, at The Plaza Hotel.
Sidney Toledano has been the CEO of Christian Dior Couture since 1994, and will soon shift to chairman and CEO of the LVMH Fashion Group. Peter Marino, a world-renowned architect who is credited with redefining modern luxury through an equal emphasis on architecture and interior design was honored with the 2017 Trophée des Arts. One of Marino’s many talents is his unique trait to create spaces that will not compete with each other. He delivers and does not compromise on the quality. He has strategically designed boutiques for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Céline, Guerlain, the Cheval Blanc hotel in Paris’s historic La Samaritaine: residences in Paris, Cap Ferrat, St. Tropez; and restorations of Château Rauzan- Ségla, Manoir de la Pipardière, and Château de Blérancourt. Sidney Toledano was among the honorees who took to the stage at The Plaza to receive the 2017 Pilier d’Or.
Famous Quotes Heard Throughout The Evening
‘”Whatever you do, do it with passion.”‘ Marie-Monique Steckel, President of The French Institute Alliance Française. quoting Christian Dior
““People ask me how I manage designers … I never manage them. I try to dance.” Sidney Toledano, CEO of Christian Dior
““Our mission is really Franco-American friendship and understanding. We are private, not government subsidized, and we always have to support everything we do with our own financing. The gala is essential to achieving the marvelous, diverse programming we draw from French culture.” Marie-Monique Steckel, President of The French Institute Alliance Française
“Sidney and I have had an incredible collaboration for 21 years, I love him, and I salute him.” Peter Marino, talking about his business relationship with Sidney Toledano while accepting his Trophée des Arts award at The Plaza Hotel on Monday, November 13, 2017