At the fete on Saturday night to celebrate the opening of the fashion and architecture show titled “Skin + Bones” at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art, the eclectic — and sometimes daring — designer togs worn by 670 revelers could have warranted their own exhibit.
Revlon spokesmodel Eva Mendes cut a path in the sea of black in a scoopneck dress printed with a crystal-eyed leopard that she bought at a vintage shop seven years ago. Demi Moore, with hubby Ashton Kutcher in tow, wore a long, dark and lean column dress by YSL, while art patrons Carol and Jacqueline Appel donned outlandish Issey Miyake and Junya Watanabe getups.
Stylist Rachel Zoe, draped in a Givenchy gown from the Seventies, said the exhibit highlighted the perfect marriage between fashion and architecture. “It’s the most brilliant minds coming together,” she said.
Many stylish minds came together, too, including Leigh Lezark from the DJ trio The MisShapes, actor Leonard Nimoy, Vidal Sassoon, interior designer Kelly Wearstler, MOCA curator Brooke Hodge, actress Debi Mazar, architect Brendan MacFarlane, the Appels and a slew of designers: Yeohlee Teng, Isabel Toledo, Yoshiki Hishinuma, Rodarte’s Laura Mulleavy, Libertine’s Johnson Hartig, Trina Turk and Grey Ant’s Grant Krajecki.
Decked out in a Sandberg suit adorned with crystal brooches, Rufus Wainwright prefaced the songs he played on the piano after dinner with anecdotes about how they related to — what else? — fashion and architecture.
The big party followed Friday night’s more intimate cocktail soiree, hosted by Ross Klein and Teng, at the W hotel in the Westwood neighborhood to honor Hodge. Among those sipping cocktails around the outdoor pool were architect Calvin Tsao, former Christian Dior Americas president Marla Sabo and representatives from Yohji Yamamoto.