Diane Von Furstenberg Exhibit Opening
The worlds of fashion, business, Hollywood and government collided in grand style Jan. 10, when Diane Von Furstenberg celebrated the 40th anniversary of her iconic wrap dress.
Opening Night for her exhibition, “Journey of a Dress,” drew one of the more eclectic mixes seen at a Los Angeles soiree. Among others mingling amid the mannequins were Amazon founder Jeff Bezos; Governor Jerry Brown and his wife Anne; Vogue Magazine’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and European editor-at-large Hamish Bowles; models, actors and TV personalities Anderson Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Edward Norton, Steve Coogan, Uma Thurman, Raquel Welch, Allison Williams, Demi Moore, Rooney Mara, Matt Bomer, Ahna O’Reilly, Garcelle Beauvais, Ashley Olsen, Bella Thorne, Marisa Tomei, Molly Sims, Abbie Cornish, Julie Delpy, Coco Rocha, Erin Wasson and Tracee Ellis Ross.
More were Robin Wright with daughter Dylan Penn, Jennifer Meyer and Tobey Maguire, soon-to-be Saturday Night Live alum Seth Meyers, George Kotsiopoulos, Rachel Zoe, Paris Hilton, Louise Roe, Carole Bayer Sager and Robert Daly, CAA’s Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane, producers Lawrence Bender, Cathleen Summers and Leonard Goldberg and Von Furstenberg’s children Alexander, Tatania and former daughter in law Alexandra.
More than 800 guests streamed into the exhibition, beneath a pink neon sign reading “Feel like a woman, Wear a Dress,” passing rooms of portraits to reach the main hall with its mini-armies of mannequins in printed wrap-dresses.
Judging from the quantity of portraits blanketing the walls, Von Furstenberg hasn’t minded having her picture taken over the years. Then again, the portraits had been done by the likes of Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Francesco Scavullo and others.
Inside the hall, Von Furstenberg’s husband Barry Diller talked with the Governor Jerry Brown and his wife Anne. Diller is IAC/InterActiveCorp and Expedia chair.
“The dresses look so good, I’d like to rip them off the mannequins,” Anne Brown said, adding that her husband and Von Furstenberg had collaborated on the design of her wedding dress.
Gov. Brown, with all due modestly, said his contribution had been picking the color champagne.
“This is a great tribute to Diane Von Furstenberg,” said Wendy Goldberg, as she surveyed the room.
This being anything-goes Los Angeles, guests turned up in everything from jeans to gowns, in Erin Wasson’s case, a stunning, red floor-length red sheath. “I feel like a mermaid,” she said.
Members of the Vogue contingent said they came specifically for the show, Wintour saying she’d be leaving the next day; Bowles, at weekend’s end.
Just outside the replica of Studio 54, hung with disco balls and pulsing with music, we caught up with Seth Meyers, who called the exhibition terrific. We then talked of his new show, “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” scheduled to begin Feb. 24. “It’s my last days at Saturday Night Live,” he said.
The exhibition continues through Apr. 1 at the former May Company building on Wilshire Blvd., adjacent to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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Top photo: Model Coco Rocha, left, and Diane Von Furstenberg, both in the designer’s iconic wrap dresses at the Diane Von Furstenberg Exhibit Opening for Journey of a Dress (photo, Charley Galley/ Getty Images for Diane Von Furstenberg)
Second photo: CAA’s Bryan Lourd with Vogue Magazine’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, wearing Diane Von Furstenberg, at the designer’s “Journey of a Dress” Exhibit Opening (photo, Donato Sardella/ Getty Images for Diane Von Furstenberg)
Third photo: Barry Diller with Anne Brown (Gov. Jerry Brown, in the background, left,) at the Diane Von Furstenberg Exhibit Opening, “Journey of a Dress” (photo, SocietyNewsLA.com)
Fourth photo: Gwyneth Paltrow, left, with Diana Von Furstenberg, both wearing the designer’s dresses, at the Diane Von Furstenberg Exhibit Opening (photo, Stefanie Keenan/ Getty Images for Diane Von Furstenberg)
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Published Jan. 19, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA