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Gwyneth Paltrow lights up Louis Vuitton Maison opening [pics]

May 25, 2010 |  8:39 pm

Gwyneth paltrow vuitton We'd say Gwyneth Paltrow deserves to treat herself to a little luxury following the worldwide success of "Iron Man 2."

That's precisely what the actress got in London Wednesday, when she attended the opening of Louis Vuitton Maison on Bond Street.

A temple to luxury shopping, the flagship offers updated showrooms, a "bag bar" with stools and rotating purse racks, men's and women's quarters and even a VIP apartment above the retail store.

Paltrow, in a Vuitton keyhole dress and satin bow pumps, mingled with the likes of Catherine Deneuve, Thandie Newton, Elle Macpherson, Kirsten Dunst, Alexa Chung and Jerry Hall.

Vuitton designer Marc Jacobs acknowledged a presence bigger than Paltrow in the shop -- the recession.

"Clearly it’s gross if you carry on spending in an insensitive way when people are being laid off or having a hard time," he told the Daily Mail

"On the other hand, wanting to shop and experience the finer things in life are both natural instinct."

See more pictures from the event after the jump.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Gwyneth Paltrow arrives to Louis Vuitton Maison. Credit: Getty Images

Thandie newton
Photo: Thandie Newton. Credit: Getty Images

Jerry hall
Photo: Former Mick Jagger flame Jerry Hall. Credit: Getty Images

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Photo: Kirsten Dunst. Credit: Getty Images

Catherine deneuve
Photo: Catherine Deneuve. Credit: Getty Images

Elle macpherson
Photo: Elle Macpherson. Credit: Getty Images.