The Odd Couple
Justin Timberlake and Bill Clinton put in some quality time with the gallerista crowd Monday night at the New York Academy of Art's annual Tribeca Ball. The pop star (who's got a new Laight Street loft to decorate) toured the studios during cocktail hour, and the former president dropped by during dinner, catching a room of delighted guests by surprise. Plenty of others braved newly snowy streets to toast up-and-coming artists and kick off Armory Arts Week—including presidential outfitter Jason Wu, who'd used the weather as an excuse to stay in and catch up on Nip/Tuck. But doing the five flights of stairs in the gallery space bumped his heart rate up. "I got more exercise in today than I have in the past year!" he said.
Honorary chair Liev Schreiber, chatting with tablemates André Balazs and Eileen Guggenheim, said his taste in art runs old-school. "I'm probably a classicist at heart. I suppose I got the joke with Warhol, but I never felt like I'd want to own it—until I realized how much it's worth." As for winter footwear: "I like Blundstone. But tonight, I just came over in a car." Monet Mazur had also cheated the weather on the way over. "My husband carried me over the snow, like a gentleman, so I didn't have to suffer," she beamed, indicating her Christian Louboutins. "They're brand-new, and they're not going in the snow."