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7 posts tagged "Eva Amurri"

They Wish They All Could Be California Artists


New York tends to think of itself as the art capital of the U.S. That it may be—but it’s getting a little competition from Los Angeles, which, not too long ago, poached one of NYC’s most respected gallerists, Jeffrey Deitch, to direct its Museum of Contemporary Art. And for his new show at MOCA, The Artist’s Museum, he’s drawing on L.A.’s own resources—namely, the work of area artists, both established and emerging. Longtime art supporters Lubov and Max Azria hosted a fête for the new show (set to run through January) last night at their L.A. home. “I think for a long time MOCA has been pushed to the side. But if you look at the Whitney Biennial, so many of those artists are from California,” Lubov explained. “California always has something different to say than New York, so to see so many of the newer and established artists together—and in my own home—is incredible.”

The crowd included fashionable Angelenas, including transplanted New Yorkers like Eva Amurri and Jessica Joffe, as well as artists Barbara Kruger, Kenny Scharf, and Bill Viola. “Los Angeles is a creative capital, and so this is where a lot of the ambitious and creative people want to be,” Deitch said of the art/fashion overlap (both at the party and at the show, which is sponsored by BCBG). “What’s so exciting is that the creative people in these different fields are now connecting with one another.”

Photo: Courtesy of BCBG

Charlotte Ronson Fires Up The Grill


“I figured a barbecue was a good way to celebrate the end of summer,” Charlotte Ronson explained at her blowout fête at the Chelsea Piers last night. Given the heat index, the event didn’t much feel like a last hurrah. What with the fried chicken, burgers, cotton candy, and ice cream on offer, the party, given in honor of the I Heart Ronson Fall collection for JCPenney, came off more like a conspicuously haute state fair. One where Champagne is served instead of pork rinds, and where guests are invited to take home, say, a body-con top with cutouts, rather than check out the latest in ag technology. Nevertheless, Fall was definitely in the air: Ronson admitted that she’s been burning the midnight oil prepping for fashion week, and Chris Benz made the scene along with buddy Eva Amurri, despite similar preoccupations. Inside, Byrdie Bell, Fabiola Beracasa, and Jennifer Creel awaited. (Socials! In the city! In August!) And of course, the full complement of Ronsons turned up—Sam and Mark worked the decks, Ann Dexter-Jones worked the crowd. And for what it’s worth, Cintra Wilson: Despite the Penney’s imprimatur, pretty much everyone in attendance was fashionably slender. Then again, what with all the fried chicken and ice cream, maybe the department store is trying to fatten us New Yorkers up.

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Chris Benz To Space Mountain: “Here I Come!”


In Los Angeles for a little summer vacay, Chris Benz descended upon West Hollywood boutique Beckley last night for a trunk show featuring his Fall ’09 collection. “I definitely see someone from L.A. gravitating toward some of the lighter silks in the line,” said Benz. But it’s not all work for the newly minted member of the CFDA. With BFF Eva Amurri in tow, Benz couldn’t help but mention how excited he was for his upcoming Disneyland visit, just one of many SoCal faves on the agenda. Asked if it was his first time there, Benz replied, “Oh God no. It’ll definitely be a highlight of this trip, though.”

Photo: Amy Graves

Chris Benz: Burger Chic


Fresh from his presentation, Chris Benz was the recipient of many a hug at his friendly post-show fête at Automatic Slims in the West Village on Monday night. Benz’s neighborhood bestie posse, including stylist Jessica Diehl and actress Eva Amurri, filed in to give major congrats to the designer. “We met two years ago at his show and became fast friends, and since we’re neighbors, we go out all the time,” said Amurri. “We call the West Village ‘the Island,’ and we get so lazy during the winter, we won’t go out anywhere off the Island.” Partygoers tucked into the pyramid stack of POP burgers and sipped organic beer. Benz, inspired by the high-low sensibility of the season, was channeling Derelicte himself. “I’m officially homeless tonight,” he said, due to a lease lapse which put him out for just tonight. “I’m either going to couch-surf or go beg for a room at the Standard.” As for the burgers: “They go perfectly with my collection,” he said. “I love the idea of the uptown girl going downtown in her fur for a night of reckless abandon and eating a cheeseburger at the end of the night.”

Photo: Marcio Madeira

Eggs In The Snow


Elise Crombez, Simon Doonan, Eva Amurri, and assorted editors and social types toasted Pollini‘s Jonathan Saunders at a lunch at La Grenouille yesterday. Saunders, whose sophomore Pollini effort will hit the runway in Milan on March 2, is in town to present his signature collection in a Chelsea gallery this Sunday night. Talk ranged from the Grammys (Radiohead took top honors for best performance) to the recession’s effect on fashion week (flats will be the footwear of choice—no town cars!) to Les Oeufs à la Neige. Those would be La Grenouille’s signature gold-dusted giant meringues. Saunders, whose plane was delayed thanks to London’s unusually wintery weather, mingled during the dessert course. Guess he’s seen enough snow. —Nicole Phelps


Photo: Nicole Phelps