With diamonds, caviar, and a live lounge singer accompanied by a three-man band, last night’s dinner at the Chopard boutique was an event Marilyn Monroe might have enjoyed. Which was fitting, as the evening was dedicated to the late actress and recurrent style icon. Chopard invited a small group of private clients to preview its collection of Haute Joaillerie, as well as an in-store exhibition titled Marilyn Forever, a show of unpublished photographs of the actress from iconic Monroe photographer Milton Greene’s archive. Along with a clutch of Chopard gems, the most striking snap, which pictured Monroe kneeling in a black robe, greeted guests at the door. Fun fact: Apparently the pose was chosen because Ms. Monroe had broken her ankle before the shoot.
The guest of honor was Uma Thurman, who actually played Ms. Monroe on five episodes of NBC’s Smash (well, actually, she played an actress who was playing Marilyn, if you want to get precise). “I loved her in The Misfits,” Thurman said, noting that the scene in which Monroe plays with a paddleball is easily her favorite Marilyn moment.
After admiring the photos, which were on display for one night only before being flown to Art Basel for Chopard’s joint party with W magazine, Thurman flipped through her own iPhone pics of her two-and-a-half-month-old baby, Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson—or Luna for short. Draped in a black Maria Cornejo gown (and Chopard jewels, of course), Thurman had a motherly glow about her. When asked what was on her holiday wish list, Thurman replied, “Peace.” But, she admitted, she wouldn’t mind a few of those Marilyn prints, either.