“This dress weighs forty pounds, I’m just going to stand here like the statues,” quipped Becca Cason Thrash of her Jean Paul Gaultier couture gown as she welcomed early arrivals to Liaisons au Louvre III last night. Among them was Milla Jovovich, who reckoned that her own Saint Laurent number checked in at “at least thirty pounds.”
The guest list for the American and International Friends of the Louvre benefit was nothing if not eclectic—a mash-up of European, red-carpet, and rock-star nobility, plus society figures from all over, particularly Houston, where Thrash hails from. Gela Nash-Taylor piled the diamonds high: “Only some of them are real,” she joked, striking a pose with husband John in the Caryatids statue gallery. After dinner, the likes of Charlotte Casiraghi, Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, Bruno Frisoni, Hervé Van der Straeten, Andrew Gn, Olga Kurylenko, and Nick Rhodes gathered underneath I. M. Pei’s glass pyramid for the evening’s live auction.
Thrash drove bidding to new heights, spurred by travel experiences such as a stay at South Wraxall Manor, the Taylors’ fifteenth-century estate near Bath, England (with touring rights to Gela’s closets and a Juicy Couture tracksuit thrown in for good measure), or a five-day cruise down the Nile on Christian Louboutin’s custom-built dahabeah. Thrash, with Louboutin’s blessing, sold that trip three times over. The auction’s centerpiece—20 Jahre Einsamkeit, by Anselm Kiefer—pulled in a cool half million. In all, the soiree raised nearly $3 million for restorations of the ancient Greek sculpture galleries in the Louvre, home to the Venus de Milo.
But the biggest coup of the evening was not about the cash—it was about an icon. With the opening chords of “I’m Coming Out,” the whole room was on its feet for Diana Ross, who reeled through some of her biggest hits. “Are you too young to remember this one?” she teased before launching into “Stop in the Name of Love.” “When I saw this project, I just had to do it, so I pulled out my vintage Bob Mackie,” the singer said after the show. “I just loved this energy here tonight.”
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A Madonna anything can draw in a serious crowd, and last night’s EPIX World Premiere of Madonna: The MDNA Tour, hosted by the Cinema Society and Dolce & Gabbana, certainly didn’t disappoint. Everyone from John Travolta to Martha Stewart piled into The Paris Theatre, and even though Riccardo Tisci has a Givenchy men’s show in Paris next week, he told Style.com he “flew in for just one night, because she is such a great friend and collaborator.”
The Queen of Pop finally showed up an hour late—but who’s counting; it’s Madonna!—in a Tom Ford tuxedo, complete with top hat, a look she explained was inspired by the outfit Marlene Dietrich wore to the 1948 Paris Theatre ribbon-cutting ceremony. The film began to roll, and everyone was so riled up that it felt like an actual concert, complete with sing-alongs and standing ovations. To top it all off, Madonna orchestrated a twenty-two-piece drum line to march down the aisles during the credits. The Paris was burning.
The after-party at Harlow was a well-deserved release after a long world tour and an equally grueling five months in the editing room. Earlier, Madonna had said, “I can officially say, now that my tour is over, that it was probably the hardest tour I’ve ever done. But in my book, if you don’t leave a pound of flesh on the stage every night, you did not do your job.”
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“I love this party because you have a sense that what you’re doing is important. You don’t feel indulgent,” Kenneth Cole told Style.com at last night’s amfAR Inspiration Gala. “Except maybe tonight’s a little indulgent because we’re at the Plaza.” After cocktails in the Oak Room, guests were led, by drummer boy, to a military-inspired men’s fashion show off the lobby. The whole affair was topped off with dinner in the Grand Ballroom. Liza Minnelli exclaimed, “I feel like Eloise!” And well she should, of course. Minnelli’s childhood in the famous hotel is said to have inspired her godmother, Kay Thompson, to pen the popular children’s books.
The Inspiration Gala, as amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost explained, is the night when amfAR honors the people who might not be HIV/AIDS activists but whose work informs amfAR’s mission nonetheless. The evening’s honorees were Alan Cumming, Valentino (he couldn’t make it, so Iman accepted the award on his behalf), and Jennifer Lopez. A date with Lopez when she accepts her Walk of Fame star in Hollywood later this year was a highly coveted auction lot, especially after Lopez upped the ante by offering not one, but two dates. Dsquared²’s Dean and Dan Caten secured the first, and another bidder got the other, each for a cool $90,000.
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An international crew of party people descended on Gstaad, Switzerland, for the third annual ASmallWorld event on Friday, taking over the ultra-swank Gstaad Palace for a weekend’s worth of festivities. Carey Mulligan, Jefferson Hack, Arizona Muse, Waris Ahluwalia, Mamie Gummer, and Teresa Missoni were in the mix, along with onetime majority shareholder Harvey Weinstein and the current chairman Patrick Liotard-Vogt. On the agenda: horse-drawn carriage rides, a fondue lunch, a black-tie gala, and outdoor soaks in a spa with up-close-and-personal views of the Swiss Alps.
ASmallWorld is a members-only club that’s grown to include 800,000 members since its 2004 launch. With new initiatives like a mobile app and monthly events for the site’s top 45 markets crossed-off her to-do list this year (both are part of efforts to rebrand the club in the travel space), CEO Sabine Heller was in the mood for celebrating. “We were always planning on throwing a party to relaunch and decided to have it in a place our members like to be, and to support a good cause. We just wanted to do it properly,” she said. The good cause in question was the Alzheimer’s Society; nearly $92,000 was raised for the charity. Tali Lennox won a pair of diamond Bucherer earrings at the Saturday night charity raffle, but everyone walked away happy. All who attended received business-class tickets to St. Kitts.
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Not even a natural disaster could prevent the annual Whitney Gala and Studio Party from taking place—Sandy might have delayed the festivities, but last night’s “Do Over” was every bit the philanthropic fête the original was expected to be. After announcing that the event had raised over $2.7 million for the museum, with a third of that going to relief for artists affected by the storm, chairman Leonard Lauder thanked co-chairs Allison Kanders, Amy Phelan, and Lizzie Tisch for essentially having to organize the event twice. Designer Pamella DeVos of Pamella Roland, Whitney board member and a sponsor of the evening, admitted the reschedule had left her a bit harried. “I live in Michigan with my family still. I’m only here part-time, so today I had a fashion show uptown and then a board meeting and now this, all on one day.”
After dinner, the uptown charity set was replaced by the late-nighters. Nate Lowman deejayed—”I actually did this in the nineties. Tonight I’m back on the turntables; nothing but vinyl tonight,” he said—while designers Thakoon Panichgul and Timo Weiland, with their pre-fall lines all wrapped up, let their hair down on the dance floor. “I’ve been coming here since I was 18,” said Weiland. “So many great memories.” And with pre-fall behind him, what can we expect for Fall 2013? “Peplum, but it’s a bit more gathered—I love how architectural it feels.”
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December 13, 2012 6:33 am
Don’t wear pink. It’s one of fashion’s golden rules. Even those of us who grew up with a Barbie doll in each hand have written off the color as too froufrou or girly. We’ve always been anti-, until a recent spate of rosy dresses made us reconsider the hue. Pink became the unofficial shade of Miami Art Basel; Anouck Lepère and Dasha Zhukova were just two of the partygoers photographed in bubblegum-colored frocks last week. Softer blush tones have been turning up on red carpets, too. Elle Fanning looked like a princess at the British Independent Film Awards in an Oscar de la Renta confection, while Kristen McMenamy, who generally favors a more gothic (read: all black) look, made an argument for pink at a dinner for the new Valentino: Master of Couture exhibit.
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“The goal is to make everybody uncomfortable,” explained Al Moran, co-founder of Los Angeles’ OHWOW gallery and co-host of Friday’s Art Basel fête celebrating Terry Richardson‘s latest book, Terrywood. “We draw the kind of crowd that ranges from high to low culture and from young to old,” Moran continued, adding that he considers a gallery event to be a success if, at some point during the night, an older art collector and a barely-legal hipster eye one another warily, each wondering how the other got past the front door. “That kind of uncomfortable feeling produces a beautiful energy.”
Moran certainly had the demographic mix down. The poolside gathering at South Beach’s the Standard Hotel ranged from Demi Moore (who cut a much publicized swath through the week’s nightlife circuit, but reportedly couldn’t find the time to take in a single actual art exhibit) to what seemed like every studio assistant in Brooklyn. Other revelers included Ryan McGinley, Chelsea Handler, Paz de la Huerta, and Azealia Banks—who whipped up some hands-in-the-air action from the assembled throng.
Richardson himself was comparatively subdued, hanging off to the side and, as is his custom, politely declining an interview: “I’m exhausted, can we talk tomorrow?” Instead, he autographed copies of his book and gamely mugged for snapshots alongside a steady stream of well-wishers. Nearby, co-host HTC and Social Print Studio were slapping up a photo wall of guests’ Instagram pics. “When I do events in, say, Tennessee, it’s a different kind of crowd. You have to really push them to take photographs of each other like this,” said SPS’s George Sylvain. And tonight? “This is a crowd ready to self-promote.”
On Saturday night, friends of Michael Nevin including Maria Cornejo, Waris Ahluwalia, and Stephanie LaCava gathered at the newly minted Gale Hotel to celebrate the 32nd issue of the magazine he founded and edits, The Journal. With the fair finally winding down, McGinley shared his secret for doing Miami Basel right. “Rent a scooter. It gives the ultimate freedom for getting anywhere, and if you’re at a party, you can give people a ride, and that’s really sexy.”
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Miami Beach might not seem like the obvious location to fête a brand best known for its down jackets, but with so many stylish visitors in town, it really was the only choice for Moncler’s 60th anniversary.
The Friday night festivities were focused around a seated dinner in an unpredictable setting: a seventh-floor concrete parking lot at the end of Lincoln Road, the high altitude providing expansive views of South Beach. White sofas and projected lighting were added to give the raw space the feel of a massive, elegant, but somewhat apocalyptic living room. “This is like Blade Runner,” the actor Stephen Dorff said. “This is awesome.”
The party, hosted by Moncler’s Remo Ruffini, attracted the likes of Uma Thurman, Giambattista Valli, Bruce Weber, Scott Schuman and Garance Doréacute;, and Waris Ahluwalia, who has been coming to Art Basel on and off for years. “There are so many more parties,” he said. “Just because there are more doesn’t mean I’m going to more of them, but Moncler always does something spectacular.” It also did something clever: Sprawled on the sofas were white duvetlike down capes, which came in handy as the evening got breezy. “It’s always good to have a little cover-up for girls—we always get cold,” Karolina Kurkova said. After dinner, partygoers headed to Le Baron, held at Nikki Beach for the evening—to continue celebrating.
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During her four-plus decades in the Hollywood spotlight, Jessica Lange has had plenty of claims to fame, although her latest just may be her least glamorous yet. The woman who stole the hearts of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Sam Shepard is currently winning over audiences as Sister Jude, the fantastically creepy nun in charge of the Briarcliff mental institution on the haunting FX series American Horror Story.
Fear and terror aren’t entirely new mediums for Lange, of course. Her reprise of Fay Wray’s damsel in distress in the 1976 remake of King Kong was her entrée into Hollywood, and who can forget her unhinged mother in 1991′s Cape Fear? Lange’s had plenty of hits, starring alongside Dustin Hoffman in the 1982 classic Tootsie and enjoying some of the steamiest on-screen sex the world has ever seen with Jack Nicholson, who once described his The Postman Always Rings Twice co-star as “a cross between a delicate fawn and a Buick.” And she can sing! Lange reportedly beat out Meryl Streep to play Patsy Cline in the 1985 biopic Sweet Dreams. You’ll be having none of those if you tune in to Horror Story next Wednesday night.
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