2009 June 8

An International Affair

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(VENICE) The rainbow-colored floor at the Palazzo Grassi, created by artist Piotr Uklanski, was thoroughly subdued when a swarm of dazzling celebrities traipsed across it for Friday's L'Uomo Vogue's Art Issue Opening Party.

Marc Jacobs, en kilt, arrived early with Lorenzo Martone. “I'm just having a fabulous time!" he exclaimed as Naomi Campbell descended with billionaire Russian boyfriend Vladislav Doronin. Nearby, art dealer extraordinaire Larry Gagosian was surrounded not only by his girlfriend Shala Monorque but also by one of his star gallery directors Victoria Gelfand—who was at the helm of his recent Russian endeavors. “Highlight exhibits for me from this year’s biennale were Pinault’s Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi,” said Gelfand. “He has definitely shown everybody how it should be done.”

Despite gearing up for his triumphant five-day Swiss affair Design Miami/Basel founder Craig Robins was beaming from the Venice festivities. “Old and new! Art and fun! Sun and rain! I am no Bruce Nauman, but I love Venice,” said Robins.

Lapo Elkann and model girlfriend Bianca Brandolini D'Adda stepped out of his boat and onto the dance floor, while nearby the Italian mogul’s sister and heir to the Aignelli fortune, Ginevra Elkann, who is also six months pregnant, professed to have “truly loved what was going on inside the Polish Pavilion.”

Editorial luminaries Corine Roitfeld and Franca Sozzani mingled alongside Bee Shaffer. “This trip coincided with my recent college graduation,” she said.. “Right now I am looking for a job, but I also want to study acting.” On the top of her list for schools is none other then David Mamet’s Atlantic Theatre Company.

Patrick Demarchelier, Olympia Scarry, Angela and Margherita Missoni, Steve McQueen, curator of the Palazzo Grassi Alison M. Gingeras, Alex Dellal, and Charlotte Casiraghi all attended the Grassi festivities. And when the music started winding down, the perfectly coiffed crew careened their way down the canals under an oversized and radiant moon.

“This takes the cake,” said Gagosian Gallery’s Victoria Gelfand. “Here, the super chic crowd is getting down on Uklanski’s floor where Jacques Chirac was paraded around by Francois Pinault just a few hours before!”

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