"It's rainy outside, but it's sunny in here," Frida Giannini said at the Gucci Fifth Avenue boutique last night. The party crowd braved humid summer rain to toast the one-year anniversary of the Sound of Change, a concert fundraiser that kick-started Chime for Change, a charity founded by Giannini, Beyoncé Knowles, and Salma Hayek Pinault. Although Hayek Pinault couldn't attend (she's filming a movie), Gucci faces Blake Lively and James Franco stopped by in support. And the mood at the party was just as Giannini said: sunny. In its first year, the organization has sponsored more than three hundred philanthropic projects aimed at empowering women in more than eighty countries.
Although it's not every day Gucci's creative director is stateside, Giannini told Style.com that she always finds inspiration on the streets of New York: "I love it here. I love to walk around in the Village and also Central Park. Watching the people is great here because there is such a mix you don't see anywhere else."
Speaking of people-watching, all eyes were on Beyoncé when she arrived wearing a white Gucci jumpsuit and, as CFDA-nominated jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher pointed out, not a single piece of jewelry. Said Fisher: "Sometimes not accessorizing is just as good as accessorizing. The hair, that skin…she looks flawless." The party reached its peak when Beyoncé announced a personal donation of $500,000 to the organization, and her sister, Solange Knowles, who hasn't been seen publicly with Bey since the Met Gala, took to the deejay booth.