It was Opera 101 for the fashion flock on Monday night, as the Metropolitan Opera celebrated its new production of Gaetano Donizetti’s “La Fille du Regiment” with a benefit sponsored by Yves Saint Laurent—the first of four galas to be underwritten by the fashion house.
“I haven’t seen the opera ever,” admitted an excited Ginnifer Goodwin. “I was studying everything in the car over, because I was worried I wouldn’t understand it.”
Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi hadn’t been to the opera either, though she is the lead singer of a band called Pink Elephant. “It’s fantasy rock,” she explained.
“I’m researching the opera for a project I’m working on, so when I got this invitation, I thought it was perfect,” said Liz Goldwyn, who was sporting circa-1979 couture designed by the actual M. Saint Laurent.
Among those wearing contemporary YSL were a slew of starlets like Diane Kruger, Paula Patton, Leighton Meester, Emmy Rossum, as well as Elettra Wiedemann, Olatz Schnabel, Anh Duong, Amanda Brooks, Fabiola Beracasa and Zani Gugelmann. The designer, Stefano Pilati, arrived at cocktails with Naomi Campbell, another opera neophyte. “I sing, but only in the shower,” said the supermodel, looking happy and carefree now that she’s made her peace with the international travel authorities.
Gala co-chairman Mercedes Bass, however, is definitely no stranger to the opera, having just coming off her Met debut, as an extra in “La Boheme.”
“Before you go on stage, you are thinking, ‘Am I going to slip? Am I going to faint?’ But then you realize that you can do it,” she professed as she headed into the dinner that preceded the premiere.
And after both acts were over, Pilati took his band of merry pranksters off to the Gramercy Park Hotel for a nightcap.