“This is the big event,” Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci insists as we scan the intimate gathering at the Tudor-style Hancock Park home of our host Katherine Ross, the senior veep of communications for overlord LVMH. Christina Ricci and Riley Keough were among the bold-face pals who turned up, along with L.A. socials Rosetta Getty, Liz Goldwyn, Lena Wald, Jenni Kayne and Anne Crawford, and stylists Arianne Phillips, Elizabeth Stewart and Rachel Zoe.
“I generally don’t like fashion parties, although I very much like this one. I am super shy,” Riccardo tells me again during our chat. Like the other times before, I accept his comment with a pinch. The lovely Mr. Tisci, who signed on to Givenchy in early 2005, was instantly familiar when we kissed for the first time this evening, and he appeared to receive the rest of the guests with similar warmth. Wednesday night’s supper was the reason for his 40-hour swoop through L.A., and even though New York is his next, equally as brief, domestic stop, there are no other parties on the schedule.
Riccardo came to the U.S. on the bidding of Katherine. “She said you must come to L.A. and meet the women here. They will love you and you will love them.” It’s true, the women love Riccardo, who can celebrate a modern female like few can these days. Katherine is just such an individual, an incredibly chic, laid-back brunette who also happens to be wed to Michael Govan, the newish director—and touted savior–of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
A private tour through the new Dali show at LACMA will be one of Riccardo’s goals today, as will a visit to the Murakami exhibition downtown at MOCA. So, too, will be the requisite tour of the vintage Valhallas here (both Doris Raymond of the Way We Wore and Katy Rodriguez and Mark Haddawy of Resurrection were at the party).
“I was only here in L.A. before one other time, and an even shorter visit,” Riccardo adds, as we waited just a wee longer beyond the offical ending time to see if Courtney Love, his date at the V&A gala a couple months ago, would actually turn up as promised. (That would be a no.)
But it’s neither the old clothes nor new art that really interests him about Cali. “I always loved the skateboard culture that came out of here. It’s such a beautiful sport.” I’m stunned to find this 32-year-old Italian who’s become the critically lauded designer for a storied French house telling me this. Although, I suppose given my background, he revealed it to the right guest. “I kick box, sky dive. But skate?" he continues. "No. But I buy all the DVDs and watch.”
I return the surprise by telling him that Katy’s beau is Tony Alva. “Dogtown?” he responds excitedly. That alone made venturing out on this shivering evening, after such an endless day, worth it.
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