Dispatch: The Week in Parties

June 06, 2012 | by —JEFFREY SLONIM
PHOTOGRAPHY BY Ilya S. Savenok (Brandt); Michael Loccisano (Abramovic); Neilson Barnard (McMillan) | Homepage


Peter Brandt II and Shenae Grimes

Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation Millennial Ball
People who vaguely knew Andy Warhol often say that he would have loved this party or that person. But what Warhol certainly appreciated was the great-looking kids of rich people. He would have been wowed by the high scion quotient at the Junior Committee of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research inaugural Millennial Ball, held at Lavo last Wednesday.

Peter Brandt II, in a tux, said he was wearing head-to-toe YSL, with a Boucheron half-moon brooch clipped to his bow tie. “The money that is raised here goes toward funding research to help fight all types of cancer. What happened to Gabrielle [the late daughter of Denise and Marc Rich, who died of Leukemia at age 27, inspiring Denise to found the organization] is something that no family should have to go through, ” said Brandt.

“I lost my aunt to breast cancer,” added Justin Combs, son of P. Diddy, with his hip mom, Misa Hylton-Brim, seated at his booth. “I want to do everything I can.”

E.J. Johnson, Magic Johnson’s son, was sporting a cape. “The really beautiful thing about this charity is that young people are behind it.” Johnson’s other fashion credits? “The blouse is The Row,” he said. “And I’m working CJ [by Cookie Johnson] Jeans and Rick Owens shoes.” 


Michael Stipe and Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovic Documentary Premiere
On Thursday, at MoMA, HBO debuted the documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present. Abramovic, the very best dressed performance artist, wore head-to-toe Givenchy. It had been two years since her retrospective at MoMA, which demanded her being present all day long for three months, sitting face-to-face with the general public, one patron at a time. 

“I cry every time I see it,” Abramovic told Dispatches. The film documents the life story of a woman who spent decades being considered mentally ill for the art that she believed in. “Yesterday, I projected the film to the 65 guards from the museum . . . and 72 people who sat with me more than 12 times,” she said. “So emotional.”

And will the attention the show received change things for Abramovic? “850,000 visitors for a living artist is a record for any living artist,” she said. 

“She’s absolutely courageous,” said Michael Stipe on his way into the theater. “This really changes the trajectory of contemporary art.”

Toilet Paper Magazine Launch
That same night, Mara Siegler, the new star at Page Six, and I headed down to the Toilet Paper magazine launch party. Pardon my naiveté, but I thought the venue (The Eagle) was an American Eagle Outfitters store. In fact, it’s actually an all-male S&M club. A double line of porcelain toilet bowls filled with rolls of toilet paper marked the entrance to the Disaronno-fueled event—populated in part by bare-chested dudes sporting tats and chaps. When Mara and I tried to interview artist Maurizio Cattelan, a founder of the mag, on the stairs, two men were making out in a corner, one with his back end on view. I asked Cattelan why he got involved with the mag. I could barely hear above the throbbing music. “We are all daily involved with toilet paper,” he said. “It was out of necessity.”


Nanette Lepore and Tracy McMilan

Tracy McMillan Book Party
On a yuppier note, Nanette Lepore hosted a fête for Tracy McMillan’s book, Why You’re Not Married…Yet. (Because you’re out at leather bars?) Ironically, Lepore served a tasty pinot by Barrymore Wines, made by Drew Barrymore—who just got hitched. It appeared as if the cute, young women were too busy trying on cute dresses to hook up. Understandably, few men attended.

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