Dance luminaries, art icons and creatures of the night collided last Wednesday at Mother, a gritty club in New York’s meat-packing district, for a benefit honoring “Martha at Mother,” a monthly performance that has developed a cult following during the past two years. Alba Clemente, who chaired the evening with her husband, Francesco, was joined by Brice Marden, Robert La Fosse and Marina Schiano to watch Richard Move impersonate — channel, really — the legendary grande dame of dance Martha Graham. The evening raised funds to bring Move’s moves to the big screen. The film “Martha’s World,” directed by Christoper Herrmann, begins principal photography this summer.

High culture, low culture — Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquiere got it all in a visit to New York last week. In town for meetings with Bergdorf Goodman, Ghesquiere met with store president Dawn Mello, who impressed him with tales of the golden years of Balenciaga couture. He also spent time with a new friend from Paris, Marc Jacobs, who took him to Indochine and Beige at Bowery Bar. And he hit the culture circuit with visits to the Dia Center for the Arts as well as just about every major museum, including the Costume Institute at the Met.
Ghesquiere also saw first-hand that Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani’s civility campaign has a ways to go. On Friday afternoon, while he was waiting for a visitor outside a Lexington Avenue restaurant, a street fight broke out between two groups of school kids. “It was so interesting,” Ghesquiere said. “There must have been 100 people, just screaming and fighting, and the police had to come.”
Did it turn him off to the charms of Gotham? Hardly.
“Now I’ve really seen New York,” he said. “I love the energy. I’m coming back.”

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