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The beauty of the annual Watermill Center Benefit is that you can always expect the unexpected. Nudity, erotic sculptures, and a surprise appearance by Lady Gaga have been part of past years' programming. "Oh, my God, one woman over there is standing in a deep hole in the ground, wearing a costume and singing opera," Constance Jablonski, a first-timer at the party, told Style.com. "I just took off my heels to walk through the woods. It's art anyways, right? Part of the concept is to wear bare feet."
In fact, the official concept for this year's bash was "One Thousand Nights and One Night: Sleepless Nights of Sheherazade." The dress code? "Bazaar chic." Of his black-and-gold caftan, the Center's artistic director, Robert Wilson, said, "This was given to me as a gift by my friend Sheikha Paula Al-Sabah, the first lady of Kuwait [and the evening's honoree], just for tonight." After placing their final bids on silent auction items hosted by Artsy (which included front-row seats at the Fall 2015 Prada and Fendi runway shows) and taking in Wilson's portraits of Lady Gaga, which made their U.S. premiere at the event after their stint at the Louvre, guests made their way to the dinner. "The Lady Gaga work is one of the greatest pieces of art, ever," said Al-Sabah. "In fact, I own five of them in my collection because they are so stunning." By the end of the night, she had helped raise a record $2.2 million to support the Center's International Summer Program and year-round Artist Residency Program.
Over in Amagansett, at the home of Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld, Giorgio Armani underwrote a summer dinner for the charity Baby Buggy. The organization donates "gently used but totally usable" baby goods to families in need. Nacho Figueras, Kourtney Kardashian, and Kirna Zabête's Sarah Easley and Beth Buccini were among those who turned out. "I'm just glad the party is finally here. There was just so much prep in getting everything ready," Ms. Seinfeld said.
Lots of prep, indeed: Dinner was held under a massive white tent on her front lawn, not too far from Mr. Seinfeld's iconic baseball diamond. We asked if she had any secrets for playing hostess at an outdoor party. "Don't fear a flat. I retire my heels for the summer. I think a flat for evening in the summer is so chic, and my husband thinks it's the sexiest thing when I wear flats." Although Jerry was unable to make dinner due to a work engagement out of state, the comedian did manage to fly in post-dessert for the after-party deejayed by Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor. The dinner raised just shy of $300,000.
—Kristin Tice Studeman and Todd Plummer
Keeping the party scene cool in the midst of London's summer heat wave, Calvin Klein Jeans' Kevin Carrigan and MyTheresa's Justin O'Shea celebrated their new collaboration at the Rosenfeld Porcini gallery in Fitzrovia last night. The Re-Issue Project is a nine-piece capsule collection that reimagines the emblematic denim, sweatshirt, and tees originally worn in the company's iconic ads of the eighties and nineties. Daisy Lowe, Tallulah Harlech, and Amber Le Bon turned up to see the line's campaign, which stars Lottie Moss, little sister to supermodel Kate.
Two decades after her big sis starred alongside Mark Wahlberg in the nineties-era ads, 16-year-old Lottie just signed with Storm Models. "The photos are great, and all the pieces in the collection are pieces I would wear: young, nice, and fresh," Moss told Style.com. "My favorite is the big gray sweatshirt." The black-and-white portraits were snapped by Michael Avedon, 23-year-old grandson of Richard Avedon, who shot the groundbreaking (and controversial) 1981 campaign with Brooke Shields featuring the infamous tagline, "You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing." Will these ads have the same potency as the originals? Check back with us in twenty or thirty years.
—By Katharine K. Zarrella
Last night at the Paris Theatre, Woody Allen premiered his latest flick, Magic in the Moonlight, a comedic caper set in the south of France circa the 1920s. The plot revolves around a single question: Is Emma Stone's character, Sophie, a clairvoyant medium or a phony? "Woody called me for the part," Stone told Style.com. "And filming was pretty much exactly how I thought it would be." Clairvoyant, indeed. Rumor has it Stone is already slated to star in Allen's next film.
After the screening, guests moseyed a few blocks east for an after-party at Harlow, where sponsor Dolce & Gabbana had lined the walls with fresh roses. ("It definitely smells like the south of France in here," one guest remarked.) The likes of Christina Hendricks, Dane DeHaan, and Audrey Tautou turned out, and the film's Provençal setting skewed the evening's conversation toward how badly everyone wanted a French holiday. Mia Moretti talked about her recent trip to Paris for Couture: "It's less of a scene than the ready-to-wear shows. I stayed in a friend's apartment in the Sixth, and it actually felt like more of a vacation than running around." Côte d'Azur or the Upper East Side, Stone didn't seem to care much where she was—she spent the whole night cozied up in a booth with boyfriend Andrew Garfield.
Meanwhile, ballet star and the Bolshoi's only American dancer, David Hallberg, had a debut of his own when he performed Swan Lake for the first time at Lincoln Center. The handsome danseur noble was the guest of honor afterward at a dinner hosted by Russian fashion and art VIPs Nasiba Adilova and Maria Baibakova, among others at Lincoln Ristorante.