IT HAS BEEN a long time since the fashion crowd had a huge, pull-all-the-stops party, and one can always count on Louis Vuitton to throw such a thing. Last July, to formally open its second store in the Philippines—Louis Vuitton at The Shoppes, Solaire Resort and Casino—the luxury brand threw what could probably be Manila’s biggest party of 2017. The evening began with in-store cocktails, boasting the added attraction of a French artisan demonstrating how the Petit Malle, the iconic bag that Nicolas Ghesquiere designed, is made. Sofia Elizalde was seen checking out the details of the exotic crocodile leather piece, as were actresses Lovi Poe and Janine Gutierrez. Later into the evening, everyone was ushered to a transformed gallery space where the famed Katrina Razon and the Australian DJ duo Flight Facilities played dance music that would set the party in full swing. As added entertainment, guests took turns playing around with their camera phones against the seven-foot motion- activated interactive wall which had patterns of the Manila skyline, among them Solenn Heussaff, Janine Gutierrez, movie superstars Nadine Lustre and James Reid, stylish couples Jericho Rosales and Kim Jones, Sam Milby and Mari Jasmine, and Asia’s Next Top Model winner Maureen Wroblewitz, all wearing—what else?— Louis Vuitton.