Fashion designer Marc Jacobs received a great present from loved-up Hollywood couple Jennifer Lopez and BEN AFFLECK - a surprise birthday party.

The creative maestro turned 40 last Wednesday (9APR03) and was summoned to the CRILLON HOTEL in Paris, ostensibly for a business meeting.

But the Jersey Girl pair had something much better in store for him.

He says, "You could have peeled me off the ceiling. It was a complete surprise and I was really touched. It was a very extraordinary 40th birthday."