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Art, fashion and music collided in an explosion of color Sunday night at the opening gala for the Takashi Murakami retrospective at L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art. And Marc Jacobs’ new blue hair was just the start.
“I thought tonight would be the perfect occasion,” said the designer of his dye job, before moving on to the evening’s main topic: Murakami mania. “I don’t think I or Takashi could calculate this,” he said.
“Yeah, Marc just e-mailed me one day and said, ‘Do you want to do this?’ and I said yes, and that was it,” Murakami added.
Throughout the exhibit, more than a thousand guests, including Angelica Huston and Robert Graham, Linda Evangelista and Peter Morton, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Tom Ford, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Pharrell Williams, Tobey Maguire and Christina Ricci milled around the brightly hued paintings and sculptures.
“I had no idea his work was so vast,” said Ricci. “This is incredible.”
Later, guests flocked to the courtyard to watch Kanye West perform. The rapper, who soaked through an entire Vuitton suit during his performance, managed to incorporate even more references to Vuitton into his lyrics, as well as shout-outs to guests Ellen DeGeneres and Carine Roitfeld.
Talking contemporary art, in New York one could have mistaken the round-the-block line outside the Guggenheim Museum Saturday night for a Jacobs fashion show. But it actually was the kickoff to Performa 07, a performance art biennial. Fittingly, Italian bad-boy artist Francesco Vezzoli intended his staging of Luigi Pirandello’s “Right You Are (If You Think You Are),” starring Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard, as a critique of celebrity culture.
While Uma Thurman, Mary-Kate Olsen and Brooke Shields were given seats on the main floor of the museum alongside Vezzoli fans Miuccia Prada, Lou Reed and Cindy Sherman (who had attended a Performa benefit at Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn’s home earlier in the evening), the rest of the crowd filed up to watch from the museum’s spiral ramp.
Afterwards Olsen went downtown to Allison Sarofim’s Surrealism-themed Halloween party, where the hostess was decked out in an outrageous peacock number (custom-made by a former Cirque du Soleil costume designer) and Kelly Klein and Aerin Lauder clipped tiny, glittering white doves to their shimmering frocks. But perhaps Carlos Mota, buried underneath a swarm of butterflies, took the cake. (Then again, Cynthia Rowley actually did show up with a cake on her head, complete with candles off of which people were lighting cigarettes.)
Calvin Klein, Ron Perelman and Donna Karan hit the hay early, but nightcrawlers including Lance Armstrong (just missing his ex, Tory Burch) and skateboard pro Tony Hawk partied on into the wee hours. As for Rowley, she woke up with frosting in her hair and singed ends.
In Rome on Friday night, Sharon Stone was once again doing her best to get the wealthy to cough up some cash for amfAR at the first Cinema Against AIDS gala benefit. Her efforts during the Fendi-sponsored event brought in more than $1.3 million, and a few indecent proposals. One guest doubled his offer of $20,000 for a getaway weekend in Spain if Stone joined him. But she felt she was being lowballed. “Honey I don’t go anywhere for that,” she said.
Following the dinner, guests crossed the piazza to party in Palazzo Fendi where Sofia Coppola, Zoe Cassavetes and French actresses Emma de Caunes, Mélanie Laurent and Cécile Cassel retreated to the rooftop terrace to take in the view.
Earlier in the week Roberto Cavalli and H&M hosted a Fellini-esque bash to tout his limited edition collection, which drops Nov. 8. Mira Sorvino and Halle Berry, slipped into the animal-print lounge and grooved to French boy band BB Brunes.