What Goes Around
“[Stephen] would have been hiding in a corner,” said Sprouse’s mother. Eighties fever at a Stephen Sprouse fete; celebs shine at the ballet.
They say everything old is new again. That was certainly true when Louis Vuitton hosted a January bash in honor of Stephen Sprouse, the late fashion designer who collaborated on the house’s graffitied accessories nearly a decade ago. The bags are back, and so was the old gang, who kicked off the roving party with a stop at the Louis Vuitton store in New York’s SoHo. As Eighties hits played, Debbie Harry and Sprouse’s Rhode Island School of Design classmate Nicole Miller chatted with Marc Jacobs. After a few drinks, guests headed to Deitch Projects to check out the Sprouse exhibit and then to Bowery Ballroom for a concert by Harry. Sprouse’s mother, Joanne, thought her son would have been embarrassed by all the fuss. “He would have come, but he would have been hiding in a corner,” she said.
Before the holiday season, other members of the fashion flock flew to Beijing to join LVMH head Bernard Arnault in unveiling a Dior-commissioned and -theme exhibit by Chinese artists at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. Designer John Galliano—who attended the event along with Charlize Theron, Eva Green and Marion Cotillard—professed his love for China, which has been a source of inspiration in the past. “There’s a great energy here,” he said.
Just before Christmas, folks got into the spirit at the Chanel Fine Jewelry–sponsored New York Botanical Garden Winter Wonderland Ball. “I feel like I’m at the Mirage,” joked Jill Kargman of the extravagant decor, while Coco Rocha and Poppy Delevigne admired the toy houses and trains on display before boogying down.
Dancing was also the main event a couple of weeks earlier, when Sarah Jessica Parker, Alicia Keys, Blythe Danner, Valentino and Vanessa Williams packed into Lincoln Center for a performance by New York City Ballet. The real star, however, was David Koch, who donated $100 million toward the renovation of the New York State Theater (which is now, not coincidentally, called the David H. Koch Theater). The oil scion, whose net worth is an estimated $17 billion, downplayed his gift. “Imagine if 500,000 people walked through your house every year,” he said. “You’d need to redo it, too.”