ARTFUL CHARACTERS: Half of Marco Perego’s paintings, featuring demonized Disney characters for his first Parisian show dubbed “The Vivian Boys,” found new owners Tuesday night. The Italian artist, with co-hosts Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld and P.C. Valmorbida, rallied a crowd including Jean Paul Gaultier, Victoire de Castellane, jewelry designer Gaia Repossi and Monaco royalty Andrea Casiraghi at the Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt on the Place des Vosges. De Grisogono’s Fawaz Gruosi, who disclosed he’s working on 20 jewelry pieces for September, had bagged a rather sinister picture of a clown skull gobbling a woman. “I find it amusing — I’ll hang it in my New York apartment,” he said.
Lily Donaldson, dripping in gold Bulgari jewelry, said she has no room left for artworks. “What, with my eight Picassos and a couple of Man Rays, where does one put it, under the bed?” she said. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, meanwhile, said he’s preparing an art show of his own. The designer’s first 30-piece exhibition, with the influence of media on art as its theme, is planned for London in November.
Gawking at one of Perego’s giant gumball machines filled with plastic skulls, de Castellane revealed she’ll be downsizing for Dior’s next high jewelry collection, to be unveiled during Paris couture week. “Let’s just say it involves baby versions of the Belladone Island [line],” she teased.
Owen Wilson kept a low profile under a straw hat all evening. The actor has just wrapped the screen adaptation of John Grogan’s best-selling book, “Marley and Me,” directed by David Frankel of “The Devil Wears Prada” and costarring Jennifer Aniston. “I’m very happy to be here. I’m on vacation,” the actor drawled.
Gaultier reminisced about his recent experience providing commentary for the Eurovision Song Contest’s French viewers. “I had to watch three rounds of rehearsals, so I’d kind of had enough by the time the final came around,” said the designer, adding that he’d been enchanted by Bosnia’s act featuring knitting brides. “I might use that in one of my shows. Knitting needles are the best accessory for a bride,” he said. The elusive Hedi Slimane even slipped into the event, minus his camera. The snapper said he’s focusing on Parisian youth of the more underground kind.
The New York set, meanwhile, revealed a plethora of projects: Julia Restoin Roitfeld has just shot younger brother Vladimir in a campaign for Rock & Republic, for which she was the art director; co-founder of Upper Echelon Shoes Nick Cohen has begun construction of the high-end footwear brand’s premier freestanding store in New York, and budding actress Analeis Lorig said she’ll appear in ABC’s new pilot drama, “The Unusuals,” starring Amber Tamblyn and Adam Goldberg and directed by Stephen Hopkins of “Californication” fame.
A BELGIAN TOUCH: On Tuesday night, Nevena Borissova, owner of SoHo’s Curve Boutique, welcomed Belgian fashion designer Tim Van Steenburgen to America with a small fete at her store. “I love it here. I just wish it weren’t so hot,” Van Steenburgen said of his first-ever visit to the States. But the day’s oppressive heat didn’t keep him from enjoying the intimate gathering.
Joining him in the celebration that night were stylist Rachel Zoe, actor Matt Dillon and Belgian model Elisa Crombez. The Mercer Street venue was decorated with Van Steenburgen’s avant-garde fashions and light sculptures by local artist Gordon Stevenson. “This stuff is supposed to be used to detail your ride,” Stevenson noted. “With the amount I order, they must think my car is covered in lights.”
BOOK CLUB: Turning a page, Julie Delpy, Lady Antonia Fraser and the husky-voiced Charlotte Rampling are among personalities lined up to give readings during Shakespeare & Company’s third FestivalandCo literary event: Exploring Memoir and Biography. The four-day festival kicks off today. Delpy is a familiar face at the fabled book store in Paris’ Left Bank, having filmed scenes from “Before Sunrise” among its book aisles in the mid-Nineties.