Art and fashion collided Monday night when Glamour celebrated its 70th anniversary with an art show and candlelit dinner. The evening kicked off at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery, with the opening of the exhibit “The Glamour Project,” for which the magazine commissioned prominent female artists like Kara Walker, Rachel Feinstein, Rita Ackermann, Sarah Charlesworth, Nina Chanel Abney and Marilyn Minter to create pieces showcasing their interpretations of glamour. Cynthia Rowley, Erin Fetherston, Michael Stipe, Thelma Golden and Aquavit’s Marcus Samuelsson were among those admiring the works, which ranged from a neon heart with a love note constructed by Tracey Emin, to a sculpture by Feinstein, to a montage of old photo-booth portraits by Lorna Simpson.
Singer Ciara certainly appreciated the chance to familiarize herself with up-and-coming talents — even if only to earn a little art-world street cred. “It’s always cool to see what’s new,” she said.
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For dinner, the crew made a frosty pilgrimage around the corner and through a construction zone to Glasshouse 21. Once atop the sky-level space, Amanda Peet, Diane Kruger, Tory Burch, Lyor Cohen, Olivia Chantecaille, Peter Som and Elie and Rory Tahari dined alongside the magazine’s Cindi Leive and Bill Wackermann, Iman, June Ambrose, Jane Lauder, Leonard and Evelyn Lauder, Bethann Hardison and Alexis Bledel.
Meanwhile, designers Jason Wu and Thakoon Panichgul were happy to relax after fashion week. “I’m trying to just get one day to sleep and catch up on [television] shows,” said Wu. “‘Ugly Betty’ and ‘Nip/Tuck’ are my two favorites.” After his brief rest, Wu is off to Paris for the shows, and this spring will make his first trip to Washington when the inauguration gown he designed for First Lady Michelle Obama will be housed in the Smithsonian. Naturally, he plans to mark the occasion in style.
“I’m going to sneak a bottle of Champagne in,” he smiled. “I’m sure they won’t let me, but I’m going to sneak it in.”