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PARIS — The auctioneer at the L’Uomo Vogue charity auction at Sotheby’s here Thursday night had to call the chattering celebrity guests into order, so enthusiastic was the crowd.
“Silence…Silence!” he shouted into the microphone. “Let’s not forget why we are here, to raise money for Fashion 4 Development.”
The Italian magazine gathered fashion designers and celebrities together during the men’s collections to celebrate editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani’s five years at its helm with the sale of a collection of 40 single copies of special-edition covers.
The portraits feature stars including Michael Jackson, Keith Richards and Morgan Freeman taken by a host of photographers like Paolo Roversi, Bruce Weber and Francesco Carrozini.
The sale raised a total of 114,700 euros, or $147,789 at current exchange, all of which will go to Fashion 4 Development, for which Sozzani is a goodwill ambassador.
“My absolute personal favorite has to be Michael Jackson, because it was the last photo shoot he ever did,” Sozzani revealed.
The highest-selling picture, however, was the portrait of Keith Richards, by Francesco Carrozzini, which sold for 10,000 euros, or $12,885.
Many personalities milling around the venue at the pre-sale cocktail seemed more intent on socializing, however.
“Is it an auction?” Jean Paul Gaultier asked. “Maybe I will buy something, but I haven’t looked at them all yet.”
Designer Andrew Gn was still buzzing after dressing Laura Dern for the Golden Globes on Jan. 15. “She looked fantastic in that green dress,” he boasted.
Looking ahead to the Oscars, however, Gn was coy. “We’re torn between two or three girls,” he said, before quickly changing the subject. “One person I would love to dress is the Queen of England, but then she has to wear British designers.”
Peter Copping was less reluctant to share his reverie: “I would love to dress Angelina Jolie,” he said. “We’re not in touch with her, so I’m just throwing that out there.
“I recently saw a picture of her in one of our creations that she had obviously bought in a store, because I knew nothing about it. She made the dress hers, and she looked really cool, just with flats. There are things in our collection that would really suit her.”
Other guests included a bearded, and only just recognizable, Hugo Becker, the French actor who plays Louis Grimaldi in “Gossip Girl.” “It’s because I’m going to play Antoine Lavoisier in something for American TV shooting in Boston next month,” he explained.
Despite spending much of his time in the States, where he is now better known than in his native country, Becker revealed that he is currently looking to buy a place in Paris.
“I like the Buttes Chaumont and Ménilmontant best,” he said of the hip quarters in Paris’s northeast. “In New York, I lived in Hell’s Kitchen.”
Also present were Killian Hennessy, Ines de la Fressange, Renzo Rosso, Alexis Mabille, Clotilde Courau, Elodie Yung, Sue Whiteley, Thom Browne, Maxime Simoëns, Farida Khelfa and Damir Doma.