22 May 2010 - A nocturne in three movements, the inauguration of the opening of the first Cartier boutique in Saint Petersburg, located on the banks of the Moyka River, was celebrated as a grand troika. A cocktail reception, followed by dinner at the Mikhailovsky Castle and then a nighttime cruise on the Neva River.
Inauguration of the Maison Cartier
Arriving aboard a Riva, the American actress Demi Moore, straight from Hollywood, appeared arm-in-arm with the President and CEO of Cartier International, Bernard Fornas. The actress wore Cartier diamond and emerald drop earrings and a diamond bracelet (image).
Greeted by a swarm of paparazzi, together they hosted more than 300 guests, including Alexander, the Crown Prince of Yugoslavia (a great-grandson of Grand Duchess Pavlona) and his wife, Katherine, the Crown Princess of Yugoslavia.
Evening at the Mikhailovsky Castle
Bernard Fornas, the President and CEO of Cartier International, received his guests at this fortress erected by Paul I for a gala dinner that was preceded by a private concert under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev. Landscape architect Louis Benech created a formal garden at the entry of the castle especially for the occasion.
Nighttime cruise along the Neva River
Following dinner, guests boarded a chartered boat for an enchanted cruise along the Neva River.
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