Peter Marino, Sidney Toledano Honored at 2017 Trophée des Arts Gala

For old friends Sidney Toledano and Peter Marino, a Franco-American cultural exchange is simply a way of life. On Monday evening, the French Institute Alliance Française awarded Dior Couture’s president and chief executive officer along with the luminary New York-based architect at the annual Trophée Des Arts Gala held at the Plaza Hotel.
Toledano, who last week announced he would be departing as chief of Dior after 23 years at the luxury label, received from the privately funded institution the 2017 Pilier d’Or award. “With the announcement we had last week it will be more emotional than I expected,” said Toledano at an intimate VIP cocktail reception ahead of the dinner in the hotel’s grand ballroom.
The executive, who was born in Casablanca, Morocco to a Spanish father and Turkish mother, calls himself “a pure product of the French culture.” Starting in 2018, the 66-year-old will pass along leadership of Dior Couture to Fendi’s Pietro Beccari and assume the role of chairman and ceo of LVMH Fashion Group, which he says will be much different from his responsibilities at the now 70-year-old French label.
“Dior has been a fantastic journey and a lot of passion,” he continued. “I wanted to jump from one

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