Chasing Mavericks

WSJ. Honors Its Innovators of the Year


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Steve Jobs once said, "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." Last night at WSJ. Magazine's Innovator of the Year Awards, the Museum of Modern Art was jam-packed with leaders in their respective fields, from photographer Mario Testino to chef Marcus Samuelsson to the actress Julianne Moore. And that's not even including the honorees, a group that included Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen of The Row, Patrick Kinmonth, Jack Dorsey, and Theaster Gates. "We didn't expect it at all," Ashley Olsen told "It's been a really good year for us and we're happy that it can be wrapped up here in New York."

The night also doubled as Kristina O'Neill's unofficial coming-out party as WSJ.'s newly appointed editor. What does she have in store for the mag? O'Neill was reluctant to say and instead turned the focus back to the evening's winners: "I just met Jack Dorsey and sort of had a geek-out on him," she said of the Twitter founder. "Everyone here is obviously deserving, but he's a bit of a rock star."

Across town at Sotheby's, the New York Academy of Art was hosting its annual Take Home a Nude auction and party. "It's like the sample sale of art," said Eileen Guggenheim as she welcomed guests. "And you'll certainly see people acting like they're at one!" Liev Schreiber bragged about a great deal he got. "It's a portrait of a big bear and it's really quite wonderful. I'm pleased," he said. The event, which was sponsored by Chanel, featured other lots from Yoko Ono, Patrick Demarchelier, and Katy Perry's Teenage Dream collaborator Will Cotton. Seated at dinner alongside fashion party people Eddie Borgo, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld, and Fabiola Beracasa, Cotton discussed the merits of collaborations beyond the "insular" art world. "It's a different kind of venue," he said. "But to me, it's absolutely just as valid a part of the pop culture lexicon."

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