From Hollywood to the Hills

MOCA celebrates Francesco Vezzoli and Lanvin partners with The Foundation for Living Beauty


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Hot on the heels of a star-studded gala for its 35th anniversary, MOCA was celebrating again on Friday night as art patrons Maria and Bill Bell and Suzanne and David Johnson hosted an intimate dinner at Musso & Frank for Francesco Vezzoli and his new exhibit, Cinema Vezzoli. Presented by YOOX (the website is hosting an exclusive live-stream tour of the show by Vezzoli and new museum director Philippe Vergne), the exhibit showcases Vezzoli's passion for analyzing the fame-driven world in which we live. "You can't ignore what's going on with that guy, he's always got a story to tell," Band of Outsiders' Scott Sternberg said of Vezzoli. "I like that he talks about it and he's provocative." And as for his crossover appeal? "The fashion world is obviously engaged because there's a sense of style in what he does," Sternberg added.

Life seemed to mimic art as both high- and pop-culture-minded guests mingled together at the iconic Hollywood restaurant. Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy spent time talking to Monique Péan, while Olivier Zahm worked a room that included China Chow and Liz Goldwyn. Eli Broad took a seat at the restaurant's famed mahogany bar. Costume designer and stylist B. Akerlund identified with Vezzoli's singular works. "I just want to be who I am. To me, fashion is art, so art is fashion."

On Saturday, The Foundation for Living Beauty partnered with Lanvin for its third annual fashion fundraiser. Foundation founder Amie Petersen-Satchu's home was transformed into an exclusive pop-up boutique for the occasion, and guests including Emma Roberts and Emmy Rossum shopped the Lanvin wares. "Nights like tonight are always a pretty easy decision," Jennifer Morrison told Proceeds from the sale benefitted the organization's mission of supporting, educating, uplifting, and empowering women living with cancer, and the evening also included a low-key presentation of Alber Elbaz's Pre-Fall collection for the label. "It's nice because fashion shows are usually so tense and it's drama when the lights go down," Rashida Jones said. "It feels more interactive here." Olivia Munn found the goings-on equally refreshing. "It's not like a normal Hollywood party where everyone is sizing people up," she said, before explaining how she and stylist Micaela Erlanger chose her Lanvin look for the night. "She's in New York and I'm in L.A., so we FaceTimed so I could try on each look for her."

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