Hilary Swank made her way between a large photo of an elephant and Cecil Beaton’s portrait of Marilyn Monroe hanging in the packed C&M Arts gallery.
“I can’t decide,” she said. “But I think I have to get the Marilyn because, you know, I’m an actress.” She didn’t have long to make up her mind. Sales at the opening of the exhibition, held by Calvin Klein to benefit the Rainforest Foundation, were fast and furious.
Sting and Trudie Styler snapped up a Mapplethorpe, then bought a photo of two nuzzling horses by Roberto Dutesco just in time.
“It’s for our daughter,” said Styler. “She just loves horses.”
So does Donna Karan. But she was too late. “Trudie just bought the one I want,” she said.
Only a few blocks away, the great outdoors was celebrated at another Madison Avenue gallery — the Beretta gallery. Franco and Umberta Beretta welcomed guests like Tory Burch, Fernanda Niven, Hilary Dick, Rena Sindi and Cynthia Kaufmann, all dressed in their white safari best, to a party held in the gallery displaying chic hunting gear and the firearms the family has made since 1526. But the Berettas weren’t the only gun club royalty on hand. Charlie Ruger, who most often aims at clay pigeons, not big game, his sister Amy Ruger Whiteley and her husband, Andrew, also dropped by.
“It seems like a great idea to dress in safari clothes,” she said, “but when you’re actually riding around in the Land Rover all day, it’s a different story. The really glamorous ones are the Masai warriors posted outside your tent.”
For her part, Umberta had a confession to make.
“I’ve never been on safari,” she admitted. “Can you believe it?”