Downtown, Uptown

Celebrating Art at Acme, Commerce at Mr. Chow


Lily Kwong, Jenny Shimizu, and Michelle Harper   
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If Champagne is the diesel fuel of the party circuit, Dom Pérignon would like to suggest it's got applications for the art world, too. The house threw a dinner last night for two polymaths, artist Rita Ackermann and composer Koudlam, at Acme's basement lounge. Chloë Sevigny, Michael Stipe, and Terence Koh gathered to watch a loop of Ackermann's videos play on a wall, and after dinner, Koudlam took to the mike to perform. Did bubbles make it all possible? You suspected they were at least responsible for some of the attendee high jinks, like the arm-wrestling match Michelle Harper had with Jenny Shimizu, refereed by Johan Lindeberg. Who won? "Jenny, are you kidding?" said Harper, laughing. But she added, "We had a great time. Rita and Koudlam are a fantastic combo, and to experience their work over a dinner like this, with amazing people and amazing talents, meant having all of our senses touched."

Uptown, it was sensory overload rather than sensory touch at the opening bash for new boutique Fivestory at Mr. Chow. The music was blasting, the floor was packed, and while downtown, everyone wore their studiedly unstudied best, uptown the dresses were long and the lipstick perfectly applied. Every young editor and social had put on her best party frock, just the sort that Fivestory's Claire Distenfeld will be offering when her store opens this week. She'd been in a sensible Vika Gazinskaya top-and-pants number for a long day of previews and a quick storeside cocktail (she's the only retailer to offer Gazinskaya's goods outside of Russia), but she'd swapped it for a Versus dress for the party. Business, then pleasure.

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