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'I've never seen anything chuffing like it, ' said one reveller in Leeds at the launch party for Ian Simpson's twin-tower Lumiere scheme. He wasn't wrong. Philippe Starck's supercool development company Yoo, which is working its magic on the interiors of the project, certainly knows how to put on a bash. The crowd - an estimated 1,000 strong - was greeted by a kettle band, fireeaters, a woman on stilts and the ubiquitous tuxedoed dwarf.

Once inside, Del Boy lookalikes mingled with Yorkshire's architectural glitterati, including the likes of silver-haired merrymaker Gordon Carey.

The highlight was the ever-charming Starck who, after describing the project, told the crowds he had to leave because he'd rather be with his girlfriend in Paris. Fair enough.

As for other gossip, best not to tell the makers of the £30,000 model of the scheme that the top of the highest tower was knocked off (and Sellotaped back on) just before guests arrived. An omen, perhaps?

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