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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yulia Savelyeva's Naked City




What are the advantages to being a celebrity? Celebrities enjoy many attractive perks that we ordinary people do not experience. For example, they always get invited to the coolest events and parties around town. Have you ever been invited anywhere as the guest of honor? Probably not since your cousin's wedding. But last week I tried to see what it feels like to live the life of a celebrity and party all night long.


I pulled strings to collect all the possible invitations I could find, dressed according to the universal party-going dress code in basic black and prepped myself with Freddie Mercury's "Oh yes, I'm the great pretender" before setting out.


My first destination was the opening of Les Copains boutique on Stoleshnikov Pereulok. This was a quiet beginning to my night on the town. High society ladies, among them screenwriter and actress Renata Litvinova, attentively examined the boutique's refined collection. Warmed up by a bit of Mo?t & Chandon champagne, I left Les Copains and set out for a blini and caviar book party for Andrei Ananov at the Baltschug-Kempinski Hotel. Ananov, the famous jeweler who has been nicknamed the new Faberg?, not only presented copies of his autobiographical book, but organized an exhibit of his decorative masterpieces. "Only my friends are here tonight," Ananov told his guests, making me feel a bit awkward as the alien in the crowd. I immediately forgot my shyness, however, when Ananov announced that there would be a lottery. Five lucky guests were to receive one of his gold Easter eggs. I was not one of the winners, but Aziza, the Eastern-style pop singer who herself was dressed all in gold, took home one of the prizes.


I then set off for the Justo Club, which is partially owned by Andrei Kobzon, the son of the well-connected singer and politician Iosif Kobzon. Justo's Japanese minimalist interior was the setting for the presentation of Giorgio Armani's newest perfume, Mania. Along with the perfume, guests were treated to luxurious helpings of sushi and sashimi.


At this point I was getting tired. Three parties were enough to exhaust me both mentally and physically. I didn't have the strength to continue on to check out Trussardi's latest collection at the Circus Club. I had only gotten a small taste of what it is like to live the life of a celebrity. I don't want to think how hard it is to be the real thing. After my voyage as a pretender, I was ready to spend the weekend far from this glittering world. And I vowed not to return ... until I got my next invitation.