IRIS Premiere

Patrick Dempsey, Christina Hendricks and More Stars Arrive in Style to Cirque du Soleil’s IRIS Premiere


So how did the stars dress for Cirque du Soleil’s IRIS Premiere? And who did it best?

On the one hand, IRIS, which opened Sept. 25, is basically a circus. On the other hand, this extravagant, movie-themed version cost a reported $100 million to produce and its Kodak Theatre opening in Hollywood was a world-premiere.

The celebrity-filled crowd at the IRIS premiere certainly featured a fashion mix.  Christina Hendricks of “Mad Men” sported a short leopard-print frock, while Kim Raver of ”24” looked chic in slacks and a jacket. And while plenty of guests chose casual attire, one jeans-clad celebrity wife confided that she wished she had dressed up for the occasion.  

Jon Favreau, Mario Lopez, Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and other men wore jackets, with some, including Geoffrey Arend of “Body of Evidence”” and Barrett Foa of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” in ties, too. Patrick Dempsey topped his outfit with hat.

Yet Joe Manganiello of “True Blood” looked handsome in a sports jersey and Matthew McConaughey stayed true to his relaxed Malibu self in a T-shirt, vest and jeans.

And if anyone wondered what might have been best for such an occasion, by a stroke of good luck, fashion expert George Kotsiopoulos of TV’s “The Fashion Police” was on hand to weigh in on the subject.  “The problem is that it’s a 5:00 p.m. opening,” he said. “If it started at 7:00 p.m., it would be easier to say.”  

Still, he said a tie would be appropriate for the men. Regarding women, “That’s the tricky one” he said. “Anything goes,” and after a moment, recommended, “Something you’d wear out to a charity dinner.”

Take a look at the pictures in the gallery and let us know what you think – and who you think chose best.

More stars at the IRIS premiere included Vanessa Hudgens of “High School Musical” and “Beastly,” Kate Beckinsale,  James Gandolfini, Anne Heche, Geoffrey Arend of “Body of Proof,” Kevin Dillon of “Entourage,” Chloe Moretz of “Let Me In,” Cherry Jones of “24,” Jon Favreau, Iqbal Theba of “Glee,” Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, director James Cameron, comedian Meredith Myers and noted voice coach Eric Vetro.

For details of the party, you can find my story in the LA Times “Culture Monster” here with Charles McNulty’s insightful LA Times review here

Photos: From top, Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend; Chloe Moretz; Matthew McConaughey



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IRIS Premiere

Published Sept. 27, 2011 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA