Coast to Coast
The L.A. crowd bravely conquered LACMA’s annual Art + Film gala Saturday, while in New York the town was out for the New Museum, Performa and Eva Chen.
The LACMA gala in L.A. drew Leonardo DiCaprio and Kim Kardashian, while a string of events in Manhattan had partygoers going uptown and down.
While the flu apparently felled Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio, A$AP Rocky, Courtney Love, Jared Leto, Lana Del Rey, Dakota Johnson, Zoe Kravitz, Henry Golding, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and more made it to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the eighth annual Art + Film Gala on Saturday night.
The benefit honored photographer Catherine Opie and director Guillermo Del Toro and proved to be the usual starry affair, thanks to Gucci, which sponsored the event along with Audi.
“How are the nosebleed seats? Is the altitude getting to you?” said co-chair DiCaprio as he made his way to Kevin Connolly's table up on the third tier of the dinner tent.
Certainly the crème de la crème of the creative class were free to mingle that evening, some making a weekend out of it by attending the Gucci Guilty party the night before at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
“I was so happy for the commercial and the party,” said Alessandro Michele of the event, where a first look at the video, starring Leto and Del Rey with a cameo by Love, unspooled. “The cemetery is one of my favorite places.” He apparently became taken with it after visiting the grave of Johnny Ramone.
Meanwhile, the gala changed it up this year by moving the musical performance outside. Under pink lights, Beck took the stage wearing a lavender pussy bow shirt.
“For me going to LACMA was a family tradition like barbecues and baseball games,” he said.
Friday night, Alexander McQueen chose the New Museum's Next Gen dinner as the first event it's sponsored Stateside. The annual dinner, which this year honored Laure Prouvost, exemplifies the museum's mission to highlight emerging contemporary artists.
"New Museum's mission is new ideas, and it's just so wonderful when we can celebrate the emerging voices," said Karen Wong, deputy director of the New Museum during cocktail hour at Studio Ten at Industria.
"I don't feel as new as the New Museum, but I'm getting newer and newer every day," said Prouvost, who was in town for one night only. "On my way here as I was flying, I was remembering how my grandma used to go on a little plane, she would ask my uncle to take her on a little plane, and she would undress, go totally naked, and attach herself to a little rope and just jump and float through the clouds."
Maybe it was metaphor, but it did provide a moment of pause for the crowd, which included Maria Sharapova, Derrick Adams, and Aimee Mullins and Rupert Friend.
Thursday, Performa's fall gala offered plenty of surprises, per usual.
This year's event at Stage 37 honored iconic land artist Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude who, over the course of many decades, created ambitious, large-scale environmental works.
Christo maintains that what went into his projects is a lot of work — real work.
"Real wind, real water, real danger, incredible problems, real fear," said the 83-year-old artist during cocktail hour. "Everything we do is all real work; has nothing to do with make-believe. Most of the art today is illustrations of things. We have to get permission — we don't talk to actor politicians, we talk to the chancellor of Germany."
What Performa attempts to do is add an element of newness to the gala scene.
"When this curtain is dropped, you'll be very surprised," said Performa founder Rose Lee Goldberg, gesturing to the tented dinner space behind her. "In New York, the reality in America for all of us, is galas — we have to do these events to make sure that we are viable financially," she said. "We decided to turn it around and always make our galas these really extraordinary surprises and really unusual performance events. So tonight is going to be one of them."
As buckets of silent discostyle headphones were passed around ahead of an evening of performances, Goldberg offered the crowd another word: V-O-T-E.
Thursday afternoon at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship in New York held a rare sight: mothers and their toddlers having fun on the shoe floor of a department store.
This was the setting of an event celebrating Eva Chen's new children's book, “Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes,” and her kids' clothing capsule with Janie and Jack. Neil Patrick Harris was in attendance with his husband and children, along with Martha Hunt, Phillip Lim, Olivia Palermo and Gigi Hadid.
Chen said her children were particularly involved in the making of the book — and her experience raising them helped inform the narrative.
“[Ren] helped me narrow down the fonts,” Chen said of her daughter. “She'll ask for it, she calls it ‘the shoe book.' When she falls asleep, and I see her in bed and the book is next to her because she fell asleep reading it, I get very emotional.
“I think starting at the ages of three and four, children internalize messages that they're given,” she went on. “If you're reading a book to them every night that says, ‘Have a voice, have an opinion, be yourself,' that permeates their subconscious. I read a lot of books about how to get it done, and strong women, but it should start very young.”
Phillip Lim, Gigi Hadid and Eva Chenat Saks.
Raquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomasat the Performa gala.
Huma Abedin and Stacey Bendet at the NextGen dinner.
Marilyn Minter and Christo at thePerforma gala.
Alessandro Michele and Courtney Love at the Art + Film gala.
A$AP Rocky at the Art + Film gala.
Lana Del Rey at the Art + Fillm gala.
Laure Prouvost at the NextGen dinner.
Maria Sharapova at the NextGen dinner.
Zoë Kravitz at the Art + Film gala.