Whitney Studio Party: Nearly Nude Models, Lots of Louis Vuitton Luggage Serving as Props
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 Williams, Sofia Coppola, Lake Bell, Dianna Agron, Rebecca Minkoff, Stacey Bendet, Hannah Bronfman, Lauren Santo Domingo, Alexa Chung, Taylor Schilling, Larry Gagosian, Chuck 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.
Photos C/O Getty Images. Top Image via BFA.