NEW YORK — “It’s magic,” LVMH chief Bernard Arnault enthused of the warm orange light that swathed the Louis Vuitton dinner held for Olafur Eliasson on Thursday. The mood came courtesy of the artist’s “Eye See You” installation — a veritable throbbing sun — at the entrance of a raw space above its flagship here.
But even so, it was a tad too dark for Christo and Jeanne Claude. “I can’t see, but I have two flashlights in my purse,” she joked.
Vuitton had flown three-star chef Pierre Gagnaire in from Paris for the night, and he served up a feast of Oscietre caviar and filet of beef with foie gras to the likes of Robert Wilson, Harvey Weinstein, Pharrell Williams and Marisa Berenson. The real stars, however, were the wines: Arnault’s own 1999 Saint-Emilion Cheval Blanc and 1999 Chateau d’Yquem.
Earlier, in the store, the crowd listened to the Icelandic band Le Dinner Romantica. “It’s got lots of energy, but it’s not too dance-y,” Williams exclaimed. “So it keeps the focus on all the beautiful things here. There are girls everywhere.”
Downtown, more members of the female persuasion were clamoring for a different reason at Capitale at the Aid for AIDS gala. A band of PYTs were angling to have their pictures taken with one of the night’s honorees, the diminutive Gael García Bernal. “He’s so mini,” said Carolina Herrera.
Across the pond, Elle Macpherson, no stranger to the camera, posed endlessly for lensmen at a party in London Tuesday night at Koko club to fete photographer James Houston’s book, “Move for AIDS,” and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “I told James, ‘You’re talking to the wrong chick — I go to parties, I don’t throw them!'” said the model as guests trickled in. Dancers from the Rambert Dance Company performed, while Jade Jagger amused the likes of Natalie Imbruglia and Camilla Al Fayed with a few jerky moves of her own. “My mother used to take me to a lot of modern dance recitals,” she said.
The following night, editor in chief Alexandra Shulman hosted a British Vogue 90th-anniversary love-in at the Serpentine Gallery. Jemima Khan, Thandie Newton and Mario Testino mingled. Even London’s favorite lurid lovers, Kate Moss and Pete Doherty, popped in for a glass of champagne before making off for an East End pub.