TAKE TWO: Kate and Laura Mulleavy had reason to have déjà vu at Monday night’s Americans for the Arts National Art Awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. They were just honored there — though the decor was considerably changed — Thursday night at the National Design Awards. The space’s floral-themed interior was not lost on the designers. “It’s all so different. In some ways, it’s the same thing as doing a show,” Kate Mulleavy said. “We know this probably is a special time and we won’t be having a week like this again, so we’re just enjoying it.”
Another designer, Tina Lutz, turned up with her husband, Justin Morris, who filmed introductory videos for Angela Lansbury, Herb Alpert and the rest of the honorees. Alec Baldwin ducked in to read a letter from Congress congratulating the organization for its 50th anniversary. Kim Gordon, Jeff Koons, Eli Broad and Caroline Baumann were among the many art lovers in the crowd. Plenty of ink has been spilled recently about Koons’ racy “Made in Heaven” photographs that are now on display at the Upper East Side gallery Luxembourg & Dayan. The images of the artist and his former wife, Ilona Staller, the Italian porn star and politician, having sex has revived the is-it-art debate.
Koons said he hasn’t seen the exhibition and had “nothing to do with the installation.” Asked if he has been following all the media critiques, the artist said, “Not so closely — I’m continuing to do my work called ‘Antiquities.’ I feel more engaged than ever.”
ALL THAT GLITTERS: From the Eternal City to the City of Light: Fueled by the success of the retrospective held in Rome in May to fete its 125th anniversary, Bulgari is gearing up to host a similar event in the Grand Palais in Paris. Eight galleries will be filled with a dazzling mix of 600 jewels, watches and objets d’art arranged in chronological order around a central diamond structure made of mirrors, which will be placed under the glass dome of the Grand Palais. An entire gallery will be dedicated to jewels from Elizabeth Taylor’s personal collection, including the Grand Duchess Vladimir Suite, a diamond and emerald set bought for her by Richard Burton. In addition to items from Bulgari’s archives, the display will feature a number of pieces lent by private collectors that have never been shown in public, including a necklace that belonged to the late Princess Grace of Monaco. A catalogue will be printed for the Paris exhibition, scheduled to run from Dec. 10 to Jan. 12. The showcase is expected to travel to China in 2011.
Meanwhile, the luxury house will host a charity dinner for about 500 in Rome on Nov. 3, the first stop in a series of global events that will raise money for its Rewrite the Future campaign with Save the Children. The dinner will be held at Salone delle Fontane with Julianne Moore and musical guest Lenny Kravitz. The next stop is Los Angeles in January, to be followed by Shanghai and Tokyo. The contact e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.