PERFECT TIMING: Mikhail Baryshnikov is into precision, be it a Swiss watch movement or delicate ballet. After all, both involve geometry, physics and artistic creation. “It’s sort of a stretch,” he admitted at a party held Tuesday at the Movado boutique in New York’s SoHo, “but you can draw a parallel.”
The dancer switched gears to show his most recent photography collection, “A Moment in Time,” which will be exhibited and on sale at Movado’s Spring Street boutique through May 11. Proceeds will benefit the new Baryshnikov Arts Center, set to open next winter.
“My father had a passion for dance,” explained Efraim Grinberg, Movado Group’s president and chief executive.
Come spring, Baryshnikov will appear in Movado’s ads. Artists featured in past print ads include jazz musician Wynton Marsalis and classical violinist Sarah Chang.
At the event, the company unveiled a new watch design with a silk scarf strap, which left a few guests ruffled. Edie Falco chicly wrapped hers around the sleeve of an oversized white blouse, but confessed nonetheless, “I’ve been a nervous wreck [about what to wear].” Of her fellow HBO-alum, Falco added, “I’m a big fan of Baryshnikov. You can’t pass up an invitation like that.”
Star Jones, who arrived with her banker fiancé, Al Reynolds, counts three Movado watches in her wardrobe. “Wall Street doesn’t go for flashy, but I can,” she said.
MARATHON CAMPAIGNING: Eva Mendes, fresh from her Costume Institute appearance, and Karen Duffy — as spokeswomen for Revlon — are expected to take part in the Revlon Run/Walk For Women in Central Park on Saturday, joining Jane Pauley, Isabella Rossellini, Kristin Davis and Jesse L. Martin. In its seventh year, the 5K event raises funds to fight women’s cancers, and through its events in New York and Los Angeles, has raised about $30 million over the past decade.
HONOR SOCIETY: Yves Saint Laurent is passing the baton on to good company. The couturier will award La Rosa d’Oro, or the Golden Rose, to artist David Hockney in a ceremony in Palermo, Italy, on May 25. Created in 1984, the prize was the brainchild of writer Jorge Luis Borges and has been passed on from one recipient to the next over the years. Henri-Cartier Bresson, Pierre Boulez and I.M. Pei are among those who have held the honor in recognition of their contributions to beauty, knowledge and learning.