A particularly well-turned out crowd assembled last evening at Omar’s Supper Club for BlackBook and Mikimoto’s launch fete for the stunning new Assouline book The Pearl Necklace. As could be expected at such an elevated intersection of style and media, luminaries from fashion, society, art and film turned out – and were treated to a wealth of eye-candy, as the exalted Japanese purveyor of fine pearls displayed some of its most ethereal pieces throughout the dinner club’s four elegant rooms. Overheard were more than a few rapturous commentaries on how said roomswere sumptuously scented by LAFCO candles.
Noting the refinement of the evening’s honoree, it was a particularly classy affair – everyone seemed to be arriving in their best black-on-black. Amongst the glittering crowd were Indira Cesarine, Paul Haggis, Samantha Angelo, Cameron Silver, Michele Hicks, Marcus Teo, Todd DiCiurcio, Luke Ditella, Xander Ferreira and George Wayne. But most eyes turned for Parker Posey, Allison Sarofim, Cynthia Rowley and Kelly Connor, who all played to theme and came fetchingly decked out in full Mikimoto. You could veritably make out the oohs and aahhs.
“I think with time, things become more beautiful,” Connor observed. “The process of creating a beautiful pearl is a long process, and it is a beautiful process and a natural process.”
Ms. Posey was also overheard philosophizing on the ethereal gem: “The only thing constant is change. The pearl is the manifestation of change and beauty.” Who could argue?
And while so many of those present came to be fixed on the gorgeous Mikimoto display in Omar’s’ tiny but attractive outdoor garden area (observed through a glass wall), it was the intimate back room where breathing space was at a premium. Guests gathered there for the chance to indulge their most voyeuristic inclinations at the exclusive Million Dollar Photo Booth by PHHHOTO®. Vamping it up with Mikimoto pearl necklaces, the zeitgeisty device caught exhibitionists in various glamorous poses – not a stretch for the crowd, certainly. Each was then converted to an amusingly jittery GIF, and texted to their phones. (Something else to take home, along with those wonderful LAFCO candles.)
Still and all, amidst all that fabulousness, attendees were very much encouraged to get a little deeper, to recall their own personal “Pearls of Wisdom.” To wit, Rowley offered, “I feel like [the Mikimoto pearl necklace] is the most indulgent and luxurious thing you can wear, especially if you’re a real lover of nature. It has a romance and a history for me.”
But perhaps designer David Hart, intently observing an image of a pearl-clad Marilyn Monroe with husband Joe DiMaggio, summed it up best: “When in doubt, it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.”
Words to live, and dress by.
Images by BFA