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Command Performance

A star-studded opening night for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

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In May, Salvatore Ferragamo hosted a cocktail party to toast the fall opening of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Last night, the Italian luxury label swapped the cocktails for a black-tie gala to formally fete the center's debut. Roaming the halls of the new Beverly Hills cultural destination—which includes a revamped Depression-era post office and 500-seat theater—was a veritable who's who of A-list stars including Charlize Theron, a pregnant Gwen Stefani with husband Gavin Rossdale, Demi Moore, Tim Robbins, and Jodie Foster. "When Wallis [Annenberg] first told me about this idea for a cultural center ten years ago, I thought it would be the equivalent of a marionette theater, but it's obviously turned out to be so much more," the evening's co-chair, Jamie Tisch, told Style.com. "It's amazing to finally see it come to fruition."

Paying homage to the Annenbergs' post office past, stars Kevin Spacey, Diane Lane, and John Lithgow read letters written by Tennessee Williams, Peter Tchaikovsky, and other bygone artists. The night's performances carried over to dinner, with singing from Italian operatic tenor Vittorio Grigolo as well as a Ferragamo fashion show featuring catwalkers Alessandra Ambrosio and Karolina Kurkova. The fashion crowd was in full effect: Olivier Zahm, André Saraiva, Rachel Zoe, and Joe Zee. "Prior to its transformation, I used this lot as a staging ground for photo shoots. I mean, look how chic it is," said Zee. "It's steps away, right? You can shop and grab some culture along the way."

Shopping and culture in L.A.? Finally.

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