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Natalie Portman Celebrates Love at Miss Dior Launch Ahead of Cannes Film Festival

Just after 9:30 p.m. on a particularly gorgeous Monday in the South of France, Natalie Portman got out of her seat on the terrace of Christian Dior’s resplendent Chateau de la Colle Noire to take the microphone from Claude Martinez. Echoing the Dior Parfums CEO, the actress — a longtime face of Miss Dior, looking radiant like only new mothers can (she and husband Benjamin Millepied welcomed daughter Amalia not quite three months ago) — praised the other guest of honor.

“Miss Dior is the fragrance of the heart, so it’s nice to be here to celebrate this perfume of love,” Portman gushed to the 150 guests, which included press, influencers, models Aymeline Valade and Lily Donaldson, Dior master perfumer Francois Demachy, and Dior Makeup creative and image director Peter Philips, all gathered to celebrate the launch of the fragrance. “This new campaign of ‘What would you do for love?’ is so beautiful to celebrate at this incredibly magical place on Earth.”

Chateau de la Colle Noire does have its own special brand of magic — acquired by Mr. Dior in 1951 and resurrected by the House of Dior in an extensive renovation project unveiled in May 2016 — something Portman, together with her husband who was in attendance, experienced for the very first time Monday. She flew in especially for the dinner party and launch event, which featured a rose garden-set cocktail party (complete with pink champagne and male models acting as real gardeners with beige linen aprons and straw hats), guided tours of the chateau and Miss Dior showroom, an elegant dinner party and jaw-dropping fireworks, a Dior event signature.

“I was lucky enough to follow my love to France, and it’s nice to be back here in France getting to spend this beautiful evening with all of you celebrating love,” said Portman, known to typically err on the side of privacy. The statement was received with a smattering of cheers as love was most certainly in the air, mixed with genuine adoration even if some guests couldn’t find the words to describe the emotional experience.

“It’s so spectacular, I don’t know what to say,” smiled Portman’s stylist Kate Young. “The gardens are breathtaking. We’ve been all over the house and each room has a different character. The motifs are still in the clothing today. It’s super romantic to know that it lives on.”

The House of Dior has life in many forms today, several of which were on display during a series of events Monday in the South of France and none of which were at all close to the recent Dior Cruise show in L.A., held in a remote mountaintop known as Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve in Calabasas. Impressive range. As for France, the tour started at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, where Dior hosted a luncheon on the famed terrace to celebrate the May 30 publication of Rizzoli's Christian Dior in the South of France: The Chateau de la Colle Noire by Laurence Benaim. A trip to Grasse, the perfume capital of the world, followed for a visit of "Christian Dior: Esprit de Parfums," a new exhibit at the International Perfume Museum, which is on view through Oct. 1.

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