NEW YORK — “It was a dinner in my honor and I really felt honored,” said Yves Saint Laurent designer Stefano Pilati of the affair Tuesday night in the penthouse of Trump Park Avenue. The expansive apartment was transformed into a Moorish fantasy replete with red velvet tablecloths, towering red candelabras and ornate scarlet floral arrangements. Elegant accoutrements befitting the 50 exclusive guests, including Julianne Moore, Linda Evangelista, Helena Christensen, Usher, Sophie Dahl, Kanye West, Amerie, Frédéric Fekkai and, of course, Pilati’s boss, Robert Polet of Gucci Group, and his boss, François-Henri Pinault.
Pilati wanted to create an intimate atmosphere, rather than a bash, and he succeeded via Buccellati figurines, Waterford crystal and Rosenthal “Fornacetti” plates. Guests lingered long after dessert was served, even retiring to the terrace to admire the view from 30 stories up. Banter and champagne flowed. “Oh my, I see you everywhere,” Moore said to fellow West Villager Christensen. “I know — stop following me,” the model retorted, laughing. Usher, meanwhile, was busy admiring Fekkai. “He’s smooove, with a ‘v,'” the singer said.
The dinner was part of Pilati’s first official visit to the U.S. as YSL’s designer and it’s a busy one, with more festivities Friday in San Francisco. Earlier Tuesday, he held a trunk show at Bergdorf Goodman, followed by a cocktail party which drew Marisa Tomei, Rachel Roy, Anne Grauso, Allison Sarofim and Amanda Brooks, who wore a black YSL dress with an oversized heart cut out in front. “That’s a nice dress,” Damon Dash proclaimed. Brooks admitted it required some adaptation. “I couldn’t do my wavy, bohemian hair,” she said, instead going for a sleek chignon.
Powerhouses Polet and Pinault were busy comparing their own fashions. Polet was in a black suit, white shirt and black tie, while Pinault was in a black suit, black shirt and black tie. “Tomorrow we switch,” Polet joked. “He gets the white shirt and I get the black one.”
Across town, Diana Widmaier Picasso was feted by Calvin Klein for the publication of her first tome, “Picasso: Art Can Only Be Erotic,” about her grandfather. “I’m speaking at the Met for the first time this Thursday, but I’m not nervous,” the lively brunette said. “Should I be?”
Afterward, everyone shuttled over to Mr. Chow’s for dinner, hosted by Francisco Costa and Interview’s Ingrid Sischy. Art world notables including Julian and Olatz Schnabel, Richard Meier, MoMA’s Glenn Lowry, Cecily Brown and Hope Atherton gathered under a large painting of a nude reading a book and munched on delicacies like fried seaweed and Peking duck. Singer Vanessa Carlton, in town to run the marathon this weekend, clutched her glass of white wine and promised, “This is my last drink!”