Words and Pictures

Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld toasts Clare Rojas, and Sotheby's throws a dinner for Giancarlo Giammetti


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A busy Saturday night on the Upper East Side kicked off with a toast for the artist Clare Rojas at Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld's eponymous project space. Roitfeld's town house is a pretty hot spot at the moment—the last exhibit was a rare stateside showing of Peter Lindbergh's photographs—so Rojas created several works for the occasion. The artist told, "I loved honoring a space, letting it dictate the flow and placement of the works. Even though Vladimir seemed relaxed, he was paying attention to every minute detail."

Keeping cool has been Giancarlo Giammetti's M.O. for decades. At Sotheby's, over on York Avenue, Valentino Garavani and Tobias Meyer hosted a dinner for Private, Giammetti's retrospective photo book. It was the final stop in a long week of signings and parties for Giammetti, and he admitted he was glad it was over: "Very busy, very exciting, but I am very tired!"

As guests sat for dinner, Meyer said, "Tonight is not about the book, it's not about the book at all. It's about a great relationship, a great life, and a great community of friends." Among those who turned up: Marc Jacobs, Riccardo Tisci, Tamara Mellon, and Michael Ovitz.

Humbled by the turnout, Giammetti said, "It was so spectacular to see how New York still welcomes anything that is new. It's a friendly city, a city with curiosity." So will he do another book? "After all this, not anytime soon! And not that kind of book, anyway—perhaps next time, more words than pictures."

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