“Pussy stronger than God,” said Liz Goldwyn, quoting the cursive words embroidered on her white tee. “It’s an artist named Aïda Ruilova who made it, and I just feel like any opportunity to state my political beliefs right now, four weeks before the election, I’m going to take. Fashion is political.”
It was a bold statement – and a stark contrast to usual red carpet proceedings, especially considering what had transpired earlier in the night, when a celebrity publicist addressed a throng of reporters and proclaimed: “Questions about the event, nothing political.”
It was a Tiffany & Co. affair, as the luxury jewelry company celebrated their 2016 ‘Masterpieces’ collection and newly renovated shop on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, attracting Hollywood power women Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Halle Berry and Reese Witherspoon.
“I think the new ‘T’ collection is stunning,” said Witherspoon, who began working with the brand a year ago. “And I wear it every day of my life.”
The actress was quick to praise Design Director Francesca Amfitheatrof: “It’s great to have a woman designing. She’s so creative and interesting and awesome, and I’ve gotten to spend a ton of time with her, travel with her. And she just knows what women love.”
To Halle Berry, Tiffany & Co. represents “style and class, longevity, grace.”
“One of the main things they support is a charity that’s near and dear to my heart, the Jenesse Center for abused women and children,” said Berry. “So anytime they ask me to come support anything they’re doing, if I can do it, I’m the first one there.”
Before heading up the steps and into the party – on the “Via Rodeo” terrace outside the store – Jennifer Garner said she was was looking forward to catching up with old friends. Soon, she could be seen chatting away with Witherspoon and Hudson. “And I hear there’s going to be some surprise show.”
The surprise was unveiled when Ariana Grande – donning showstopping Tiffany & Co. jewelry (her necklace cost $250,000) – took the stage and performed versions of her hits “Love Me Harder” and “Dangerous Woman."
“Last but not least, not to hype it up or anything...” she said, before closing with – what else but – “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.”
The event – a partnership with The Art of Elysium, an organization that aims to empower communities through art – also featured an installation by artist Fay Ray and exhibition by photographer Brian Bowen Smith. Later, following Grande’s performance, the three-story shop was opened to guests – many of Tiffany & Co.’s VIP spenders – who sipped champagne as they dropped serious money perusing the goods.
Sofia Vergara, Ali Larter, Camilla Belle, Gal Gadot, Jaime King and Rachel Roy were all in attendance, stepping out in borrowed pieces from the company, as were Matt Bomer, Robbie Rogers, Jack Huston and Liam Hemsworth.
“I’ve got a Tiffany watch on, beautiful watch,” said Hemsworth looking down at his wrist.
Does he own anything personally that has particular meaning?
“I wear a necklace that is – was from a very special person in my life,” he shared. “That would probably be the only item that I always wear.”
Fellow actor Jack Huston said he had a ring from his grandfather that was passed down to him. “I sort of cherish that,” he said. “I’m just wearing a watch tonight, but normally I actually wear a bit of jewelry here and there, so I quite like that stuff.”
Better keep it safe.
“Yes, I’ve got to keep it safe, exactly, you have to now," he said. "Don’t be tweeting or whatever what it is you’re wearing…”