September 25, 2016

Hot! Whitney Studio Party: Nearly Nude Models, Lots of Louis Vuitton Luggage Serving as Props

2013 WHITNEY GALA

The ambiance at Wednesday’s Whitney Gala & Studio Party, was unlike anything we’ve experienced in the past. At this year party, which honored Ed Ruscha and was sponsored by Louis Vuitton, there were nude models, photobooths with whimsical sayings serving as props, of course the usual society frequent-flyers, and a “surprise” musical performance from music legend David Byrne.

Amidst the bright lights outside gorgeous bellboys clad in crisp white shirts and black ties greeted attendees. Inside another parade of handsome men, this time wearing tuxedo’s and white gloves, graciously offered flutes of Chandon and cocktails infused with Belvedere to get the party started. The venue-Skylight at Moynihan Station-was converted into a swanky saloon reminiscing of an artistic (and very chic) Parisian movie.

Smack dab in the center of the space clothes-less models created a live art experience that was decidedly not instagram friendly. They were perched atop clusters of expensive Louis Vuitton luggage and unabashedly posed for those brave enough to sketch with the conveniently placed materials around the display: easels, paper and charcoal. “I can’t believe there are naked people and even MEN in this party,” we overheard a guest squeal. And indeed there were and lots of them. In search of company but mostly the bar, we unexpectedly (seriously) saw full frontal male parts.

In another, instagram friendly seemingly hidden, section the nights musical curator D.J. Brendan Fallis roused party-goers with a delightful selection of jams — including hits from Michael Jackson, Kanye West, and so many more.

As in the past art-luminaries were plentiful, as were the young society, designers, and Hollywood notables. In attendance at the were Michelle WilliamsSofia CoppolaLake Bell, Dianna Agron, Rebecca Minkoff, Stacey Bendet, Hannah Bronfman, Lauren Santo Domingo, Alexa Chung, Taylor Schilling, Larry GagosianChuck Close, Jeff Koons Kate Lanphear, Lily Kwong, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Julia Restoin Roitfeld and Natalie Joos. 

This year’s celebration raised more than $2.75 million to support a slew of programs and initiatives at the museum. Click through to see that well-heeled wore on the evening.

Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
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Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals
Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton - Arrivals

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Actress Michelle Williams arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Actress Sarah Winter arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Actress Dianna Agron arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Model Riley Keough arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Allison M. Kanders arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Leonard A. Lauder and guest arrive for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Darius & Jill Bikoff arrive for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Eric Shiner arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Filmmaker Jamie Johnson arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Artist Fred Wilson arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Lola Schnabel arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Calvin Tomkins and guest arrive for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Chuck Close arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Adam D. Weinberg and Beth Rudin DeWoody arrive for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Jeff Koons and Justine Koons arrive for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Actress Padma Lakshmi arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Leo Villareal and guest arrive for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Yvonne Force Villareal arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Fiona Rudin arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Actress Chelsea Leyland arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Model, writer Lily Kwong arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Designer
Rebecca Minkoff arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Actress Lake Bell arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Presenter Alexa Chung arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Actress Taylor Schilling arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Missy Brody and Salman Rushdie arrive for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Neil Bluhm, Brooke Neidich and Ed Ruscha arrive for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Adam Weinberg, Valerie Chapoulaud-Floquet and Thomas Lee arrive for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Roopal Patel arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Designer Stacey Bendet arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Writer Leandra Medine arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Jay Fielden and wife Yvonne Orteig Fielden arrive for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Francis Beatty and Allen Adler arrive for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Monica Tessler arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Presenter Alexa Chung arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Ambra Medda (R) and guest arrive for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Chiara Clemente arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Hannah Bronfman arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Harley Viera Newton arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Model Julia Restoin Roitfeld arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Vanessa Traina Snow and Max Snow arrive for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Actress Mickey Sumner arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Artist Olympia Scarry arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Creative director Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Sofia Coppola arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Designer Stacey Bendet arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Actress Taylor Schilling arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Tom Sachs and Sarah Hoover arrive for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Zoe Kravitz arrives for the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party 2013 Supported By Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Art)

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