Pippa Middleton arriving at the Vicomte party in Paris
You may have heard Pippa Middleton has been embroilded in a scandal this week after attending a lavish 18th century-themed party in Paris last Friday. The Duchess of Cambridge's sister, kitted out in a flirty fancy dress costume, left the soiree with an aristocrat pal who aimed what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol at a photographer. French designer Arthur de Soultrait was the host of the party that celebrated his 30th birthday as well as the seventh anniversary of his polo-inspired sportswear line, Vicomte A. — and today, he has given his side of the story.
'Last Saturday, I was in a car with Pippa Middleton, and we were being followed by paparazzi. She had been subject to constant and dangerous harassment by the paparazzi throughout her time in Paris,' de Soultrait says in an apologetic statement. 'The car was being driven by a friend of mine, whom Pippa had only met a few hours before. As a joke, my friend brandished a toy pistol in their direction. Obviously Pippa had no idea that he was going to do that and told him to stop immediately.…I regret enormously that this incident happened, and especially that Pippa has been subject to the subsequent attention through no fault of her own.'
As Women's Wear Daily reports, de Soultrait recently acquired Gastinne Renette, a historic gunsmith brand, to relaunch it as a heritage clothing line. In September, Gastinne Renette by Vicomte A.'s debut collection was shown in the French capital featuring pieces that the designer and his friends could wear on a typical weekend spent hunting at his country retreat. And the logo? A pair of crossed duelling pistols.