Practically every power player in town, acres of roses and Christian Dior’s favorite caviar-spiked vichyssoise were the ingredients of the French fashion house’s 60th anniversary party Monday night at its recently renovated Avenue Montaigne flagship.
Architect Peter Marino, decked out in leather gear worthy of The Village People, got a hearty welcome from the celebrity spotters gathered outside. “Eets fun to stay at ze Y.M.C.A.!” one sang.
But there was no mistaking the stars who packed into the boutique, including Sharon Stone, Juliette Binoche, Charlotte Rampling and Elton John, who promptly bought two handbags and later performed for 45 minutes.
“I don’t need to buy anything; they give it to me,” boasted Monica Bellucci, who was swilling Champagne with Eva Herzigova and Yasmin Le Bon as Delphine Arnault, Albert Frère and Bernadette Chirac, and French prime minister François Fillon squeezed by.
Marc Jacobs was there, too, and remained on the offensive about his late start during fashion week, disclosing that he’s received letters of support from Karl Lagerfeld and Hedi Slimane. “I feel like Norma Rae,” he said.
But when he and Suzy Menkes crossed paths, kisses were exchanged and all seemed to be forgiven.
That same night in New York, guests received earplugs and face masks at Yvonne Force Villareal‘s latest Art Production Fund event. The unlikely accessories turned out to be much needed when a slew of motorcyclists performed artist Aaron Young‘s “Greeting Card” (an homage to Jackson Pollock’s painting of the same name) in the middle of the Park Avenue Armory. Watching from the gallery were co-hosts and the evening’s sponsors Tom Ford and Tobias Meyer of Sotheby’s, along with Rufus Wainwright, Sean Lennon, Chloë Sevigny, Gina Gershon and Sigourney Weaver. “I’ve come a long way from Springfield, Ohio,” said John Legend, who arrived with his father in tow.
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At the dinner afterward, Ford explained why he got involved with the project. “I admire people who are purely artistic, because I am not — I’m commercial,” he said.
On Tuesday night, the social set plunged into the thick of things with New Yorkers for Children’s annual fall gala. This year, the event moved from the capacious Cipriani 42nd Street to a former church at 583 Park Avenue and the banquet hall-like setting baffled some of the guests, who included Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Eliza Reed Bolen, Barbara Bush, Mel Brooks and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“I’m not sure I’m ready to be back in New York,” admitted Muffie Potter Aston, having spent an entire summer at the beach, with a deliberately empty social calendar.
Such a thing is not something one would ever expect from Diane von Furstenberg, who cohosted a dinner with Interview magazine for Bob Colacello over the weekend. Guests such as Carolina Herrera, Aby Rosen and Ian Schrager showed up to von Furstenberg’s 14th Street headquarters to toast Colacello’s “Out,” a collection of his photographs during the Seventies and early Eighties. “We were all younger and more beautiful then,” von Furstenberg sighed.
“Some people say, ‘I left my heart in San Francisco.’ I say, ‘I left my liver at Studio 54,'” Colacello said.