Dispatch: From Cannes to The FiFi Awards

May 31, 2012 | by —JEFFREY SLONIM
photography by Gilbert Carrasquillo (Richie); Nicholas Hunt (Lewis); THEO WARGO/GETTY IMAGES (MoMA); AMBER DE VOS/PATRICK MCMULLAN (LINCOLN CENTER)
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FROM LEFT: Nicole Richie at The FiFi Awards; Travie McCoy and Juliette Lewis at a screening of Virginia

Dispatches receives so many gifts. Twice Cartier sent me packs of lovely note cards with my name printed on them (adore), and Andrew Saffir sent me an Aspry note-card case last Christmas (completely uncalled for). Saffir also does me the favor of inviting me to his starry screenings. 

My rules on gifts are as follows: To be able to look myself in the face as a journalist, I don’t accept anything worth more than $50. And I have turned down trips with some frequency—to Russia, Aruba, Greece, Palm Beach, and Vegas in recent memory.

More to the point, recently, Snow White and the Huntsman and HSN sent me a bejeweled apple with a little bite mark that they’re selling on HSN. I forwarded it to my mom for Mother's Day and got loads of credit. (They also sent some very elegant Hutton Wilkinson-designed plates with images of large butterflies printed on the surface.)  Meanwhile, Cîroc vodka sponsored the black tie afterparty for Snow White in Cannes. There, Chris Hemsworth was saying he named his newborn “India” (super choice) and Kristen Stewart showed up in jeans and Nikes after misplacing her Marchesa gown. Robert Pattinson was equally dressed down in a baseball cap. Cîroc drinks included Ravenna’s Poison and Cîroc with watermelon. Yummy fête. 

A few weeks back, when Dispatches was at the Cinema Society screening of Virginia, Travie McCoy and Juliette Lewis held hands but were coy about dating. Not so at Hyde Bellagio in Vegas this weekend. The pair dined at Sensi and then hung out in a booth below a big fireplace, where they danced and snapped Polaroids.  

Jane Lynch did a hilarious job as emcee at The Fragrance Foundation’s annual FiFi Awards last Monday. The funniest moment came when the generally mute Nicole Richie gave out an award onstage and the video system broke down, so she had to ad-lib. Lynch came out to help, and within a few minutes, Richie was answering personal questions from the crowd. Apparently, she’s been living in Australia with her family for a month and was flying back the next day. 


FROM LEFT: Justine Wheeler and Jeff Koons; Solange Knowles at MoMA's Party in the Garden

That same week, on Tuesday, I covered MoMA’s annual Party in the Garden. They put away most of the sculpture, but the art superstars who attended were head-turners: Ellsworth Kelly, George Condo, Brice Marden, and Richard Serra. Barbara Walters told me she was sitting next to Serra at dinner. Kelly is remarkably well preserved considering he seemed old when I first came to Manhattan. Jeff Koons told me that he, Koons, used to work at MoMA in member subscriptions. Dispatches had a job for two weeks in Painting and Sculpture.      


Zoe Kazan, Yvan Mispelaere, Mamie Gummer, and Rightor Doyle at the Lincoln Center Institute Junior Spring Benefit

The next day I attended the Lincoln Center Institute Junior Spring Benefit, which raised funds to help public schools infuse art into their curriculum. The great-looking crowd included Zoe Kazan, her beau, Paul Dano, and Mamie Gummer.

Kazan mentioned that, at Yale, she had lived in the Ezra Stiles College, a brutalist structure designed by Eero Saarinen that sits just behind Mory’s private club (where Dispatches stopped in while attending my class reunion last weekend). It was one of the great architect's final projects; he wouldn’t live to see it completed. Now that’s brutal…

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