Alber Elbaz & Lanvin CEO Michele Huiban

Lanvin, a Picnic and Crushed Cars

Like all great designers, Alber Elbaz is a lover of the arts — and increasingly, a patron. And so, in conjunction with an exhibition of César Baldaccini at Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery in New York, the Lanvin designer paid tribute to the sculptor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In the 1940s César took classes at the centuries-old classical arts academy, where he eventually became a professor.

In the grand Amphitheatre d’Honneur, a picnic dinner was served, dreamed up by chef Jean-François Piège. Among chicken confit and mini-burgers, there was, of course, Caesar salad. That was followed by a reading by French actor Emmanuel Salinger of Etgar Keter’s fictional interpretation of César’s famous series of crushed cars. Lanvin is further showcasing three works by the artist in its rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré windows.

Oct 29, 2013 13:10:00
KAWS, Pharrell Williams & Swizz Beatz

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To celebrate the launch of his New York gallery (in the landmark Bank of New York Building on Madison Avenue), French gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin hosted an art carnival in the Russian Tea Room. Several of his artists made — and sometimes manned — booths where party-goers could make spin art (Damien Hirst), grab a stuffed toy with a claw machine (Takashi Murakami), or play a game of ring toss (Daniel Arsham)...

Sep 17, 2013 21:52:00
Lady Gaga & Marina Abramovic

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Held each year in the Hamptons by theater artist Robert Wilson, the Watermill Center Summer Benefit is a little like the Burning Man for the high-brow art set. Elaborate works are performed, installed, or otherwise staged in and outdoors, while the donor class looks on approvingly.

This year the sprawling festivities had a surprise visitor, Lady Gaga, who arrived with Marina Abramovic, in keeping with reports that the pop artist is collaborating with the stare-master (and Wilson) on her upcoming album, ARTPOP. As the theme of Watermill this year was Devil's Heaven, it seems only appropriate she would show up, but where were the horns?...

Jul 30, 2013 22:15:00

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Fast-snarking funny girl Lena Dunham and her gal pals aren't the type to take their nightlife lightly, but rather face it with epic banter and fierce wit. Following the star-studded premiere of season two of the HBO hit Girls, they shimmied over to the after-party at Capitale in the LES, where, despite their charming slacker pretensions, they handled their toast-of-the-town duties with 20-something ease, mingling with girl-power pioneers Cindy Sherman and Debbie Harry, all while plotting their complete domination of the entertainment industrial complex.

Photos by Nicholas Hunt for Patrick McMullan

Jan 12, 2013 17:42:00
Klaus Biesenbach & Riccardo Tisci @ amfAR's Inspiration Party

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Once again, Art Basel Miami proved a gawkable display of art and commerce—a barometric swirl of new works and old money, blue periods and red carpets, upcomers and beach-goers. And once again, Patrick McMullan was there to capture it all. Here, a slideshow of the parties that were...

Dec 09, 2012 17:05:00
M/M (Paris) book launch

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Michaël Amzalag and Mathias Augustiniak of M/M (Paris) celebrated the release of their first book, as well as their 20th anniversary, in the stone chapel of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Titled M à M, the weighty monograph (published in the U.S. by Rizzoli in spring 2013) alphabetically chronicles their graphic-design projects and collaborations—i.e. Givenchy, Björk, Balenciaga—starting with M....

Nov 01, 2012 19:03:00
Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez

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Proenza Schouler after-party, Irving Plaza, NYC, September 12, 2012...

Sep 13, 2012 10:29:00
Marc Jacobs & Harry Louis

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Marc Jacobs after-party, New York Yacht Club, NYC, September 10, 2012...

Sep 11, 2012 12:24:00

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With polka dots, tentacles, and a few nutjobs, the gang was all there at the opening of Yayoi Kusama's major exhibit at the Whitney Museum last night. The evening also served to celebrate the 83-year-old artist's collaboration with Louis Vuitton, again laden with polka dots. With an appearance by the Kusama herself, complete with neon-red hair, the night's festivities came full circle.

Jul 11, 2012 20:57:00

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