The hottest ticket in town is tonight’s Jean Paul Gautier VIP Preview at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway. Featured is a preview of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gautier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. This exhibition is touring, and over 900,000 people catching it to date. This is the only east coast stop. Jean Paul Gaultier is playful, sexy, daring, fun. The designer himself will be in attendance. The guest list includes Madonna, Calvin Klein, Karlie Kloss, Shalom Harlow, Kristen McMenamy, Coco Rocha, Thierry Loriot, Griffen Dunne, Alan Cumming, Suzanne Bartsch, Randy Jones, Hannelore Knuts, and Sally Jesse Raphael. Did I say Madonna? That’s a wow. Many of the costumes will be on lifelike mannequins by Jolicoeur International. Some of them move and speak. Sounds a little like a model agency soiree. Piper Heidseick is providing the champagne.
I have been invited but cannot attend. It's like that with me. I often get invited to must attend events but absolutely must be elsewhere. Last night I would have just died and gone to heaven if I had the time to attend a pop up gallery full of vintage Coca-Cola memorabilia taken from the "Atlanta archives". It's 125 years of soft drink history and I love my Coca-Cola. There was a limited-edition fashion collaboration by street wear designer Dr. Romanelli aka DRx. This shindig was at the New Museum. How hot is that? Two great events in two days and both at museums.
While I'm here I just wanted to weigh in on Mayor Bloomberg's reaction to the month-long Banksy visit to New York. This out of touch lame duck dictator will soon be gone. Not soon enough. His unleashing of his not so secret police on our beloved artist only serves to increase Banksy's cred and lower the public’s view of Mayor Mike. From what I have seen of Banksy's work it is simply brilliant. He has added to our city's cultural fabric and I think the mayor is off base once again. Almost every candidate for mayor has tried to distance themselves from this spoiled brat billionaire. Hopefully we will soon have a mayor that lets us live our own lives and sees this sort of month long art attack as something terrific.