The art of parties and beyond


FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2006
Visionaire's latest experiential offering, "Magic," is more of a jewel box than a publication, with full-bleed graphics by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Peter Saville, Stephane Sednaoui, Mario Sorrenti and artist Mariko Mori—among a total of twenty-five imagists—that shimmer by means of lenticular technology, which create moving images on a two-dimensional surface. Which is a long-winded way of saying those grooved pictures you've probably seen as a kid—optical illusions that indeed seem magical. Karl Lagerfeld's contribution depicts, for example, Selma Blair throwing a pie at model Jake Davis dressed up like the photog, diCorcia's shows a pole dancer and artist Doug Aitken's is of a book on fire. Most of the other imagery, which a staffer told us was surprisingly expensive to produce, comes from filmmakers such as Jim Jarmusch, Pedro Almodovar, Gus Van Sant and Sofia Coppola, who opted to show Marie-Antoinette fanning herself. The idea was conjured up as a collaboration with the wizards at Van Cleef & Arpels, luxury jewelers to the stars that celebrates it centennial this year. But it was Cher who lent the most wattage to the festivities at Visionaire Gallery in New York, when she showed up with actor-boyfriend Dean Winters to the exhibition launch party—a duplicate of a Tokyo bash, DJ'd by Lady Bunny, that brought out Bape's Nigo and wunderkind photographer Hiromix in February. Also on hand at the SoHo headquarters were Karl Lagerfeld (with a ruby tie clip for the occasion), super-stylist Melanie Ward, Hilfiger exec George Kolasa, Chloe Sevigny, Lindsay Lohan, Michael Stipe, gallerist Melissa Bent, hotel heiress Alessandra Balazs, Interview's Ingrid Sischy and Sandy Brant, Casey Spooner and Mario Sorrenti, not to mention Visionaire's Stephen Gan and Cecilia Dean.

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