“The nanny’s booked two weeks straight,” admitted Yvonne Force Villareal at the DIA Art Foundation’s fall gala. “Auction week is coming up, there’s a big party every night, then there’s Art Basel. I’ll rest at Thanksgiving.” Indeed, it might be said that a marathon runner has nothing on a peripatetic party queen in the months of October and November, when there is no worthy cause quite so important as the one tomorrow night, the one the night after that, and the one after that.
The most recent round began Thursday at Capitale, where Linda Evangelista was the guest of honor at the Aid for AIDS “My Hero” gala. “I just got back from India,” the hero said. “It’s really horrible. The government there says 5 million people are infected. There are really 11 million infected and there’s such a stigma. Doctors won’t touch people who are HIV positive; the celebrities in Bollywood won’t get involved.”
Others in the crowd included MoMA curator Terry Riley, Clarissa Bronfman, Patricia Velasquez, and Adriana Cisneros de Griffin, who had helped organize the evening. “I started out counting pills,” Cisneros said. “After a couple of years, they put me on the board. And because I’m Latin, I have a major predisposition for parties.”
The following night, Villareal, Francesco and Alba Clemente, Helmut Lang and Michael Ovitz showed up at Skylight Studios for the DIA foundation’s gala. Margherita Missoni, whose family was one of the evening’s hosts, is herself pursuing a career in the arts: She’s studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, where she’s currently working on a production of “The Maids” with fellow student Maria Carla Boscono. “No one’s invited [to the performance],” she laughed.
The tuckered Missoni then met up on Saturday with boyfriend Prince Ernst August of Hanover at the Phillips de Pury gallery downtown. There Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis was being honored by the likes of Tom Ford and Larry Gagosian with a lavish dinner in anticipation of Monday night’s auction of her contemporary art collection. “That’s what I love about the princess,” Simon de Pury said. “She’s always steps ahead of anyone else. Already she’s selling her Eighties and Nineties art because she’s onto the 21st century now.”
This story first appeared in the November 8, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
The night before in San Francisco, Yves Saint Laurent designer Stefano Pilati continued his American tour. “Is it all right if I admit I have a crush on him?” Vanessa Getty asked the four dozen friends — including Alexis Swanson, Victoire Reynal, Trevor Traina, Skylar Ulrich, Sloan Barnett, Stephen Jenkins and Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia — who’d gathered Friday night in the Pacific Heights manse she shares with husband, Bill Getty, to celebrate the designer’s first “official” West Coast visit. “He really is marvelous looking,” piped in Cornelia Guest, who’d flown up from L.A. with pal Paul Price.
The ladies were clearly fawning over Pilati at Getty’s dinner, and the same went for a luncheon and trunk show at Neiman Marcus. What began as an event for 40 swelled to more than 60 in the day before Pilati’s arrival.
He may have conquered San Francisco, but Pilati isn’t quite ready for Los Angeles. “I’m not a celebrity chaser,” he said, fully acknowledging how odd that might sound considering the many celebrities chasing him. “I prefer to have an intimate relationship with someone with whom I can create something special. I’d rather do a great project than just trying to get my clothes on celebrities who I do not know. I’m not a wannabe.”