Last night was the night Stanley made his red carpet debut, the night Mary J Blige brought the house down, and the night frenzied New Yorkers made their way from Capitale to Good Units To Fifth Ave to Wall Street. But most importantly, last night was the night our illusions about perfect, charming James Franco were tragically shattered.-
James Franco Interview Magazine Book Party
Who Was There: James Franco, Elise Overland, Scott Buccheit, Terry Richardson, Lazaro Hernandez, Genevieve Jones, Italo Zucchelli, Helena Christensen
Other Details: James Franco wrote a book, but, more interestingly, James Franco is kind of jerky! The newly published author was not happy to see Gawker's Maureen O'Conner there (probably because Gawker accused him of being a gay rapist?) Our own intrepid reporter was at the party, and tried to (subtly, politely, unobtrusively!) take his picture with a camera phone. James reached out, and in bizarre slow-motion grabbed the phone and threw it on the floor, smirking. (Editor's Note: The reporter described it as slow-motion. We sort of imagine that whenever James Franco is acknowledging your existence, it probably seems like slow motion.) (Second Editor's Note: It's unclear whether he was smirking at having thrown down the phone, as "smirking" seems to be his default facial expression.) James walked away, and his beleaguered manager/handler immediately reached down and returned the phone. Listen James, we understand it must get annoying to be a handsome famous celebrity that everyone wants a picture of. But you are a rich movie star/soap actor/author/poet/artist, and therefore probably can't appreciate that phones are expensive to use plebeians and you shouldn't throw them on the ground at your book launch. And though you're famously worried about scathing reporters, take note: taking their phones does not, in fact, generate positive press!
The Paper Magazine Nightlife Awards
Who Was There: Becka Diamond, AJ Mukamal, Carol Han, Mia Moretti, Caitlin Moe, Ashley Simko, Rachelle Hruska, Peewee Herman, Carson Griffith, Byrdie Bell, Peter Davis, Jared Eng, Amanda Lepore, Mickey Boardman, Charlotte Ronson, Countess Luann, Terence Koh, Michael Musto, Brad Goreski
Other Details: Peewee Herman totally name dropped us in his monologue! We don't know what he said because it was ridiculously loud in there, but still. Just as we predicted, Kenmare won Best Restaurant with a Nightlife Scene, Charlotte Ronson won best designer with a nightlife influence, Hanuk won best photographer, and Becka Diamond was voted new face of nightlife. Caitlin Moe and Mia Moretti performed (guess it would have been sort of awkward to do their scheduled performance if they hadn't won?) and brought the house down with their "Alejandro".
Hennessy Artistry Party
Who Was There: Penn Badgley, Joy Bryant, Kat Deluna, Q-Tip, Selita Ebanks, Tyson Beckford, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Bobby Brown, Mary J Blige, Eve, Paul Sevigny, Questlove
Other Details: Erykah Badu, The Roots, Daniel Merriweather and Mary J Blige all performed at this off the hook party. The (raspberry flavored) Hennessy was flowing like water, and the crowd was going crazy for the insane line-up.
Gotham Magazine Party
Who Was There: Mary J. Blige, Amare Studemire, Ed Westwick, Jason Binn
Other Details: Not that the rest of the party wasn't good, but what really seems to have caught people's attention last night was the food.
OC Concept Store Opening
Who Was There: Orianne Collins, Catherine Malandrino, Andrew Saffir, Daniel Benedict, Kristian Laliberte, Liliana Cavendish, Tamara Mellon, Peter Davis
Other Details: What's the logical progression from jewelry designing? Yacht and Ski Chalet designing! This high luxury store is opening just in time for the Holidays
"Backstage Dior" Party
Who Was There: Amanda Lepore, Patricia Field, Simon Doonan, Robert Verdi, Paul Johnson Calderon, Malik So Chic
Other Details: The party was in honor of Roxanne Lowit's exhibition of backstage Dior photos. Tons of avant-garde fashionistas made it out, despite the rain, to check out the photographs
WWD's 100 Years: 100 Designers Party
Where: BG Restaurant
Who Was There: Isaac Mizrahi, Italo Zucchelli, Bianca Jagger, Francisco Costa, Fe Fendi, Vera Wang
Other Details: Bridget Foley was on hand to sign copies of her new book, which commemorates 100 years of WWD.
W Magazine/Ferragamo Party
Who Was There: Chiara Ferragamo, Massimo Ferragamo, Selita Ebanks, Lydia Fenet, Tinsley Mortimer, Julie Macklowe, Allie Rizzo
Other details: All proceeds from the event went to New Yorkers For Children.
Wednesday, May 22
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.